Porsche’s luxurious four-door GT now available in Singapore base Panamera and AWD Panamera 4. PHEVS, GTS, Turbo S and more to come
Porsche’s luxurious saloon/grand tourer, the Panamera, has been facelifted throughout its entire model range, with the first models now on sale in Singapore.
The updated model range announced for Singapore includes: The base Panamera, the long-wheelbase, all-wheel drive Panamera 4 Executive, the sporty Panamera GTS, and the range-topping Panamera Turbo S.
The first two models are priced and ready to order, at S$380,388 and S$436,088 respectively, without COE or options.
The facelift now adds the Sport Design cosmetic pack, which was optional on the pre-facelift model, which has larger air intakes, and below each headlight finds reverse ‘C’ styling cues matched with a single strip LED DRL.
One note for car nerds: The taillamps are now connected by an unbroken lightbar.
Previously, the lightbar had a tiny break in the middle, just under the Porsche logo. Like the Porsche Cayenne, this was because lightbars hadn’t been approved by German regulators, making the Audi A7 the first car with a ‘full’ lightbar, and now it’s in fashion even in mainstream cars like the upcoming Toyota Harrier.
Porsche says there have been improvements to some of the car’s systems, including PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) and the electronic roll control system PDCC (Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport), along with improvements to the steering and other chassis updates.
The base Panamera and Panamera 4 see the biggest change: Under the bonnet, the 3.0-litre V6 engine has now been replaced by the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 – read our review of the Panamera 4 Sport Turismo to see what the old one is like.
In Singapore, the Panamera 4 debuts only as the long wheelbase Executive model – read our review of the current model here. See confirmed figures for each models’ performance below.
0-100km/h 5.6 seconds, 270km/h top speed
9.2L/100km, 209g/km CO2, VES C2
Panamera 4 Executive
0-100km/h 5.4 seconds, 267km/h top speed
9.8L/100km, CO2 223g/km, VES C2
Also to come are the sportier Panamera GTS and Panamera Turbo S models. The Panamera GTS, as the letters suggest, the sportiest Panamera you can get without going into Turbo territory. It has the same 4.0-litre biturbo V8 as before, but now enjoys 20hp more and is still rear-wheel driven.
As we tested it in 2019, it’s a fantastically quick super saloon, and should crack 0-100km/h in under four seconds, with a top speed of close to 300km/h. Fuel efficiency is 11.7L/100km, with CO2 emissions of 265g/km, with a VES C2 rating all but inescapable for this car.
The Panamera Turbo S is the top-dog of the petrol-powered Panamera range, with all-wheel drive and a slight improvement to the 4.0-litre biturbo V8 now giving a rather sick 630hp – an eye-opening 80hp increase – which allows the car to crack 0-100km/h in only 3.1 seconds, with a 315km/h top speed. Expect conspicuous consumption too, with the European figures being slightly lower than the GTS, surprisingly, but still high.
Plug-in models will continue to feature strongly in the Panamera range. Porsche has recently announced the facelifted Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, and the Turbo S E-Hybrid. There’s also a new addition to the range, the 4S E-Hybrid, which sits nicely between the two in terms of performance and price.
The Turbo S E-Hybrid, already the most powerful four-door on the market, will become even brawnier – it’s the first car in the segment to offer 700hp, the combined system total from its petrol V8 and electric motor. And we though the Mercedes-Benz GT 63 S was ridiculous.
The 4S E-Hybrid will make 440hp from its 2.9-litre biturbo V6, and with an electric motor it will make a total of 560hp and 750Nm, which should allow it to be even quicker than the GTS in a 0-100km/h sprint.
PHEV Panameras will also have the same, upsized battery pack of 17.9kWh, up from 14.1kWh before, which will allow increased e-drive range.
The second-gen Panamera also saw the debut of the wagon/shooting brake variant, the Sport Turismo, and it should be offered in Singapore in Panamera 4, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, Panamera 4S, Panamera 4S E-Hybrid, Panamera GTS, Panamera Turbo S, Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid models.
The current Panamera debuted in Singapore in 2017 when Porsche threw a massive launch event (remember those?) at Marina Bay Sands with around 1,000 guests in attendance.