A few new sector-innovations are to be presented by Porsche regarding the Panamera at the Shanghai Auto Show. These include demonstrating how the four-door performance coupe manages to save fuel.

Porsche will introduce the Panamera at the Auto Shanghai next month to help show a number of key innovations for its segment. On the list is the first-in-segment start/stop system that works with an automatic transmission.

Porsche's PDK (double-clutch system) is fitted to function effectively with the start/stop to give the Panamera S an average of 10.8 litres/100 kilometres on the new European driving cycle. The Panamera S has AWD and a 4.8-litre V8 engine producing 400bhp (298kW) and 500Nm of torque. It is said to run the 0 - 100km/h distance in around 5.4 seconds.

Another innovation is the adaptive air suspension system which allows the driver to activate more volume into it upon demand thus changing the driving characteristics of the Panamera at will. This feature is optional on other models but standard in the 500bhp (378kW) Turbo.

An important feature for fuel efficiency and performance is in the lightweight construction of the car which is thanks to the use of aluminium and magnesium, as well as plastics. Because of this and other reasons the Panamera S weighs 1,770kg (3,902 lbs). The rear seats offer tilting and adjustability too.

The underfloor of the Panamera is completely covered to give it better air flow capability, while at the same time allowing for its sporty sound characteristics to be appreciated even from inside. Low-resistance tyres are included to further improve fuel consumption.


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