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2013 Porsche Panamera Hybrid Sedan - Overview

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2013 Porsche Panamera Hybrid Sedan

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What's New for 2013:

  • Panamera Platinum Edition debuts

Exterior Features
The Porsche Panamera is a 4-passenger sports car with a hatchback. The 2013 Panamera is offered in 10 variations, including the new-for-2013 Platinum Edition model.

Standard equipment for the base Panamera includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, automatic bi-xenon headlights, LED running lights, and LED taillights. Every Panamera also offers rain-sensing wipers, water-repellent side window glass, power liftgate, and rear parking-assist sensors.

Interior Features
Porsche offers a long list of standard and optional features for the 2013 Panamera models, and J.D. Power encourages consumers to consult the official Porsche website for all of the details. Selected highlights appear below and in the paragraphs to follow.

The standard Panamera is equipped with leather seats, heated 8-way power front comfort seats, individual rear bucket seats with folding center armrests, and a flow-through center console separating the left seats from the right seats. Dual-zone automatic climate control is standard, as well as a configurable driver information display screen and a Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system including a 7-inch touch screen, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, USB port, and an auxiliary audio input jack.

Porsche sells luggage designed specifically for the Panamera's cargo area, which measures 15.7 cubic feet except for Turbo and Turbo S models, which have 15.2 cubic feet of space, and the Panamera S Hybrid, which offers 11.8 cubic feet of volume. Fold the rear seats, and a Panamera can swallow up to 44.6 cubic feet of cargo.

Optional Features
For 2013, Porsche introduces a new Platinum Edition version of the standard Panamera including special exterior trim, 19-inch wheels, Porsche Active Management Suspension (PASM), 2-tone interior, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, and a 585-watt Bose surround-sound system.

Beyond this new version of the Panamera, optional equipment highlights include 4-zone automatic climate control, 18-way power adaptive front sport seats, 8-way power rear comfort seats, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, SportDesign steering wheel with paddle shifters, and sun shades for the rear and rear side windows.

Porsche offers a choice between a 585-watt Bose surround-sound system and a 1,000-watt Burmeister premium audio system designed specifically for this car. The Panamera can also be equipped with a rear-seat entertainment system, and additional extras include adaptive headlights, front and rear park-assist sensors, reversing camera, Porsche Entry & Drive keyless access and ignition, and a power sunroof.

Adaptive cruise control is optional, along with Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV-Plus), Sport Chrono Plus with Launch Control, PASM, adaptive air suspension, and Servotronic speed-sensitive steering.

Under the Hood
The 2013 Porsche Panamera and Panamera Platinum Edition models are equipped with a direct-injection, 3.6-liter V-6 engine that delivers 300 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 295 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,750 rpm. A Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) automated manual transmission and an automatic stop/start system are standard, and adding Porsche's active all-wheel-drive (AWD) system turns the car into a Panamera 4.

The rear-drive Panamera S and all-wheel drive Panamera 4S have a direct-injection, 4.8-liter V-8 engine generating 400 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 369 lb.-ft. of torque between 3,500 rpm and 5,000 rpm. The PDK transmission is standard, and the 4S all-wheel-drive model is equipped with Porsche Traction Management (PTM).

The Panamera GTS is also equipped with a 4.8-liter V-8 and PDK, but is tuned to develop 430 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 383 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,500 rpm. It is offered only with rear-wheel drive.

The Panamera S Hybrid is equipped with a supercharged V-6 engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, nickel-metal hydride battery pack, and an electric assist motor. Together, these components generate a combined 380 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 428 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,000 rpm.

Considered to be a "full hybrid," the Panamera S Hybrid can attain a speed of 46 mph on battery power alone, according to Porsche. An E-Power button provides electric-only propulsion until the battery is depleted, and an E-Boost function allows the electric motor to assist the gasoline engine when extra power is desirable. A "sailing" mode shuts the engine off when the Panamera is coasting.

The Panamera Turbo is equipped with a twin-turbocharged, 4.8-liter V-8 engine good for 500 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 516 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,250 rpm and 4,500 rpm. With the optional Sport Chrono package, the engine delivers 568 lb.-ft. of torque from 3,000 rpm to 4,000 rpm. The PDK transmission is standard, powering all four wheels.

The Panamera Turbo S also has a twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V-8, modified to generate 550 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 553 lb.-ft. of torque between 2,250 rpm and 4,500 rpm. With the Sport Chrono package, the engine generates up to 590 lb.-ft. of torque between 3,000 rpm to 4,000 rpm.

In all Panamera models, a Sport button alters the car's throttle response and transmission shifts for a more engaging driving experience. In Sport mode, the automatic stop/start system is disengaged, the PASM and PDCC systems switch to sportier tuning, and for the Panamera 4S and Turbo models, the PTM feeds more power to the rear wheels than the front wheels.

Fuel Economy
EPA fuel-economy estimates for the 2013 Porsche Panamera are:

  • Panamera: 18/27/21 mpg (city/highway/combined)
  • Panamera 4: 18/26/21 mpg
  • Panamera S: 16/24/19 mpg
  • Panamera 4S: 16/24/19 mpg
  • Panamera GTS: 16/23/19 mpg
  • Panamera S Hybrid: 22/30/25 mpg
  • Panamera Turbo: 15/23/18 mpg
  • Panamera Turbo S: 15/23/18 mpg

The 2013 Porsche Panamera is equipped with 8 air bags, including rear side-impact air bags and knee air bags for the front-seat occupants. Additionally, 4-wheel ventilated disc anti-lock brakes, Porsche Stability Management (PSM) traction and stability control, rear park-assist sensors, and rain-sensing wipers are standard.

Optional safety features include a reversing camera, Porsche Dynamic Lighting System (PDLS) adaptive headlights, and a Lane Change Assistant that operates like a blind-spot monitoring system.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests on the 2013 Porsche Panamera as this overview is written.

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