The new reality
Rotating the mode dial – in Sport Plus, it's time. Selector PDK – into "drive", that's two. Now the left foot to press the brake, and the right – to press the accelerator all the way, that's three. The tachometer needle jumps up and almost imperceptibly shakes the "five" – as close to the point of contact of the maximum torque and peak power. "Launch Control" alert appears on the activation of the right side of the dashboard.
Reset the brakes – and the Panamera 4S leaps forward, and with the head flies moved out of sight because of the solidified cloud points.
The first "hundred" flying fast enough to believe in the official 4.2 seconds. Another moment – and I am outside the speed-limit, so out of place ads on almost all Bavarian autobahn. Shayze!
One joy – in the game "Jumping from the start" can be repeated any number of times. Porsche officially allows its customers to such tricks, claiming that the engines and transmissions are ready to move steadfastly adrenalinozavisimost owner.
It is unclear, however, why should meet similar tendencies at the wheel luxury five-door hatchback (or "four-door coupe", if you believe in marketing chatter)? But why torment such a car, squeezing new record at 7:38 on the "Nordschleife" Nurburgring – even more confusing.
The first appeared in the controversial Panamera to mark time – at the time of sale drums barely appeared Kayena arguing with skepticism "oldfagov" among fans of "true values Porsche». Now times have changed, neither the Cayenne, Macan no shock no one, and leaving Panamera last year sold better than all versions of the BMW sixth series – 316 against 376 copies.
If the first five-door Porsche for which he was criticized for is the appearance – many food seemed heavy-handed, and in general the whole silhouette seemed devoid of grace, which gave Hayter another reason to criticize the Stuttgart brand for the absence in the State of design.
As a rule, the search for new images of pencil master and modeling clay found in mood room – a special room filled with images and objects, able to push the imagination in the right direction. With designers tasked to come up with the new Panamera, received more prosaic – just send them to the parking lot ready 911-x.
It worked. Panamera second generation ideologically much closer to the concept of 989 quarter-century ago, than the first. The shape of the side glazing seems painted on the same patterns, and when viewed "in front of three-quarters of the bumper" (that is, when the doors are not counted), a novelty in general can be confused with the 911 – the same hood line, the same look headlamps chetyrehstvolkoy "daytime" LEDs …
But especially a success profile (or is it the past been too unsuccessful): roof line above the second row started up to 20 millimeters lower, but at the same time (from the words of the creators), the amount of life was saved. In addition, of 34 millimeters in length increments of 30 occurred in the wheelbase. Why would such a concern for the "non-principal" people? – I asked myself, and plunged into one of the second-row seats.
To begin acquaintance with the new interior is from here – with one of the "lodgements" second row is strictly four-passenger compartment. For the extra money, you can order the lodgements with eight (!) Electroresettings but "basic" good. Headroom is really enough and complain behind the driver when boarding the growth of a little over 180 centimeters possible unless a certain tightness in the feet.
But nestled between the seats with two boxing the USB-charging and very bizarre machinery cupholders and touch screen from which you can "steer" Media, but much more fun to have fun with climate control. Here, for example, vents, completely devoid of flags-levers for changing the air flow direction. Poke in the corresponding image on the screen – and under the fingers appear graphic embodiment of the source of fresh (and warm – in season) air. Move the "focal point" of the flow – and plastic blinds obediently follow the movements of the finger. Delight available until now only the fans' radioupravlyashek "!
Behind the second row – the trunk volume of 495 liters (under the floor – a subwoofer and repair kit, no "spare wheels"), which can be increased to 1 304 – second row is divided into three independently evolving segment.
In general, designers, engineers have done their best to convince us that the passengers and the baggage they love as much as the person behind the wheel.
Oh, come on! That's Porsche!
Turn simulate the ignition key (on the left of the steering wheel, of course) – and comes to life around the electronic universe. I'm in the center of the electronic universe. These hands – only overriding in combination tachometer and the optional Sport Chrono stopwatch from the package.
To the left and right of the main dial – seven-inch screens, each of which pretends to be a pair of devices (in the sum obtained for Porsche classic combination of five kruglyashey). At the respective spokes wheel – Rotary switches allow "to scroll" readouts: You can, for example, to turn right "semidyuymovik" in the navigation screen, you can display a map G-meter, look at the torque distribution, tire pressure … Yes anything!
In the center of a symmetrical interior (no you "turns to the driver ') – touch screen with a diagonal of 12.3 inches, which is nestled at the foot of a modest rotary controller – hi to fans' phones with the buttons" and other reactionaries. Controller that I felt the whole time – just to make sure that this is really the controller. Because absolutely all functions onboard Porsche Communication Management system (PCM) can (and should!) To control by touching the screen, a high-speed.
At first, it seemed to me that the touchscreen delegated too many features – including, for example, forced spoiler lift and disable "start-stop". But after a couple of hours, so I'm used to that at all ceased to understand why this individual buttons were needed. In addition to the functions associated with the movement (including switching the exhaust in the roaring sportrezhim and change clearance – it is possible, for example, to raise the "nose" of 20 mm for the passage of difficult relief), you can control the climate (robotic deflectors there in front of the cabin) display the map in the form of schemes or satellite image, see the next display (or indeed any) of the airport, to adjust any parameter … in general, the convenient thing.
By the way, a sense of things – elaborate and incredibly high-quality execution – is the strongest emotion from the interior of the new Panamera. And complement its two glass panels that replace the series of plastic buttons that once framed the selector box. Black "glass" are working on the model of the modern touchpad – they are pressed fully, simultaneously highlighting exactly the icon, which was addressed to the press – an algorithm much more natural vibration is. Those who had a chance to communicate with modern Cadillacs, will understand me.
Attention! This chapter is fully devoted to technical progress and the increased concentration of different numbers of German and other tediousness. Those who are interested primarily emotions are invited to the next subtitle.
And now – for the patient. Panamera second generation is based on a completely new modular (currently without this in any way) the MSB platform. In German it stands for Modularer Standardantriebsbaukasten (I warned you!), Which means "a modular platform for vehicles with standard (classic: Front engine, rear-wheel drive) layout." Engineers especially emphasize that this platform – namely "vsefolksvagenovskaya", in contrast to the previous Panamera chassis, which was "purely porshevskim". In theory, this means that we should expect interesting news like the appearance of "sverhflagmana» Audi A9 (alleged rival Maybach S-Class) or the Lamborghini four-door, inspired by the Estoque concept of 2008 year. Unofficial inquiries on both occasions, no to no avail, but it's not for me to tell you how often eloquent silence.
While we are talking about the launch of the new Panamera in two versions – standard and long wheelbase. And, in spite of the "classical" orientation of the new platform, all versions at the moment – four-wheel drive, with a multi-disc clutch. Suspension – front and dvuhrychazhka and rear "multilink" – almost entirely aluminum. That is, if the arm or the sub-frame are not made of "winged metal", it is present in at least as one of the ingredients. No springs and classic shock absorbers on the test car was not – only three-compartment pnevmoelementy (no alternative solution for version Turbo and optional – for "just 4S»), running PASM system (Porsche Active Suspension System) and in collaboration with active hydraulic stabilizers (system PDCC – Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, only now with the prefix «Sport»). To this was added a cocktail driven rear wheels (as updated Carrera) and control system "smart differentials» Porsche Torque Vectoring. All of these devices and software in a Porsche is now called the "four-dimensional control of the chassis." That is, there is now 4D not only in movie theaters. So that.
Transmission – preselekta with the trade name PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung) – a new, chetyrehvalnaya, Eight. Mechanical losses compared to the previous "semistupkoy" reduced by 28 percent, while the box itself is clearly kroili "for growth": it is designed to transmit torque to 1000 Nm.
All three engines – two petrol and one diesel – a completely new all – V-shaped with the angle of 90 degrees, each with two turbines, located in the collapse of a block (a source of pride Porsche engineers), and, of course, all – powerful, easier and more economical than its predecessor.
Unfortunately, due to lack of time, I had to give up a close acquaintance with a new diesel engine and all of its 850 Nm of torque. Will such motors are available in Russia – is still unknown, diesel Panamera first generation audience greeted with little enthusiasm.
Gasoline engines are made in the near kinship. In fact, V6 (2894 cm ?, is placed under the hood 4S) is built on a "shortened" block from the "Group of Eight" (prerogative version Turbo). Both engines are armed phase shifters on the intake and exhaust valve lift height adjustment and a central location of nozzles and increased almost twice (compared, again, to its predecessors) injection pressure – from 140 to 250 bar. But the four-liter V8 – the product is much more high-tech. On the surface of the aluminum cylinder coated steel coating thickness of 150 microns, and piston rings coated with chromium nitrite – and all in order to reduce oil consumption, which (fanfare!) Managed to halve.
Power in absolute terms rose slightly – up to 30 liters. from. in V8, and 20 – the "six". Remarkably, the V6 has a more outstanding performance in terms of the working volume – 152 liters with force against 137.5 in the motor version Turbo.
"Six" facilitated by 14 pounds (although there working volume slightly decreased), the V8 – 9.5, of which nearly seven – credit aluminum crankcase.
In general, see the steel parts, considering unsorted Panamera from the street, it is difficult: nearly everything that is not plastic, is made of aluminum – a cover, fenders, hood, door panels … After reading all this, I immediately rushed to compare curb weight of cars two generations. Guess how much the new Panamera 4S easier to machine the first generation? Not by how much.
Only in the course understand that the engineers seem to be sent to for inspiration to the same place and designers. For example, the V6 4S modification in nature is very similar to "boxer" with the same number of cylinders, which hangs above the rear axle updated Carrera – torque regiment of 550 Nm from 1750 rev / min, peak power of about 6000 … Immediately remember that and the price tag on the new Panamera almost figure figure rewrote the coupe … and what about the handling? Surely in this are they like?
We had to wait a long time. Aside from upsetting the speed limit on motorways (120 km / h, and in some places up to 80 – Shaped mockery), Bavarian roads in the vicinity of the beautiful Tegernsee upset abundance leisurely road. Check in these conditions, except that you can work a variety of assistants – from the control layout and blind spots to the adaptive cruise control. Okay, everything works.
And finally – the toll road "Wallberg-Panoramshtrasse", which on this occasion was closed from outsiders. Three kilometers of narrow serpentine uphill, then turn – and vice versa.
Each click of the rotary mode selector switch (it came up for 918 minutes, then was attached to the steering wheel 911, and now here) shifts the Panamera on the scale of brutality: it reduces the number of active cameras in gasspring "pinches" stabilizers reduces switching … In Sport mode Plus the car even "squats", pressing the asphalt, and if you press the button «Sport Response», will cost five gears instead of eight …
The only thing that may not be smart system – is to reset at least one of 1870 pounds curb weight. The difference with Carrera – three hundredweight, and it's even more important to build a weight distribution.
No matter how much Panamera is pushed into the asphalt as neither reduces body roll, it will be even faster, but still very weighty car. The feeling of "Locomotive" is not leaving any for a moment, except that tracks this locomotive you are paving their own. Surprisingly, the ease with which almost two-ton machine of turn, where necessary, while maintaining a very decent smoothness. Chided possible unless the lungs delay when switching down – here, by the way, is not a sin to help the box, pulling a couple of times left-hand stalk lobe.
After playing, I translate all systems back to Normal and try to go as fast.
It turns out! And just the increased banks make the car more "alive": after all, one hundred percent sports car (if you take the 911-th one hundred percent) Panamera is not so easy, "muscle cars" it is very to-face.
This is the main difference between the two similar cost Porsche: Carrera if requires maximum concentration on the management, the Panamera is not necessary to rule – it is simply a means of rapid movement in space, and yes – the embodiment of the ideology of Gran Turismo. For it even invented a special "You" called Innodrive: something like an electronic navigator that "looking" at a map and estimating the slope of turns, the weather and a lot of information beforehand prepares all of the system to ensure that the will of the next superelevation. It is a pity that "innodrayva" will not be in Russia – it would be interesting to see how it will show itself in our direction …
You will enjoy a Porsche Panamera, if:
- you are in the shower more folks than an athlete;
- you sometimes have to travel three;
- you love beautiful quality stuff and are willing to pay for them.
You do not like the Porsche Panamera, if:
- you wholeheartedly love the 911 th;
- you think that the world has enough four-car, and pay for them as for the coupe – a waste;
- do you think that "real Gran Turismo» – it's the Italians.