Rightware was recently invited to attend the launch event for the second generation Porsche Panamera in Helsinki, Finland. The event was held at Konepaja, an old train repair and manufacturing plant where the majority of Finnish train carriages and locomotives were built during 1903-2001. Nowadays a bustling hub of flea markets, concerts and cafes, the venue breathes history and technology.
The Panamera is Porsche's 4-door luxury sedan. Originally launched in 2009 and receiving a facelift in 2013, the second generation in 2016 brings with it a variety of updates. The new model comes with VW Group's MSB (Modularer Standard-Baukasten, or modular standard architecture) architecture, new powertrains, updates in exterior and interior design and renewed 'digital dashboard' cockpit technology. Both the Turbo and 4S models were on show in Helsinki.
For us what is most interesting about the new Panamera is the new digital dashboard, with a hybrid instrument cluster and a widescreen 12-inch infotainment system.
In the instrument cluster, the driver can find a physical tachometer with a small digital display at the bottom. Surrounding the tachometer are two 7-inch digital screens which can be customized by the driver to show e.g. lap times or navigation.
The Porsche Panamera is also covered in our Digital Cockpit Review.
Porsche calls the infotainment system "PCM" (Porsche Communication Management). This is a 12-inch panel which can be controlled via touch or with certain dedicated buttons on the center console. The system features a nice mix of 2D and 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop HMI concept where customizing the UI is easy. The system felt fast and responsive and will provide access to a variety of connected car services from Porsche.
We like how Porsche has designed the digital screens in the new car to blend in with the exterior and interior of the car, having the same quality look-and-feel. We look forward to seeing what Porsche will be able to do in future cars.
Thanks to Porsche Finland for inviting us over to the event.