Surround Sound

The coloratura of a virtuoso tenor or the smooth tones of a female jazz singer? Music is a question of taste. Playback quality, however, is not. The Burmester High-End 3D Surround Sound System in the Porsche Panamera expands into the third dimension.

For the first time in automotive history, the sports sedan will feature a new audio format heretofore used exclusively by Hollywood studios: Auro-3D translates the stereo signal into an immersive sound experience that differentiates not only left from right and front from back, but also above from below.

Smartphones never sounded better

Burmester and Porsche developed software that compensates for frequencies omitted during the compression process and repairs coding errors as much as possible.

In the third dimension

The upper full-range speakers in the A-pillar carry the 3-D sound into the car. They were specially developed for the Panamera and meet the highest acoustic specifications in the smallest of spaces.

More watts per kilogram

The Burmester system only weighs roughly five hundred grams more than a conventional stereo system—due in no small part to the use of die-cast aluminum baskets in the speakers.

Powerful playback

The amplifier output is an impressive 1,455 watts—almost 50 percent more than its predecessor. The subwoofer musters 400 watts—a third higher than before.

Aided by algorithms

Using a mathematical procedure based on measurements by the world-renowned Galaxy Studios of Belgium, 3-D sound is distributed to twenty-one speakers.

Always plenty in the tank

During hundreds of hours of fine-tuning, acoustics engineers from Burmester and Porsche optimized the sound dynamics. The result: music reproduction that is emotive, precise, and highly dynamic.


Text first published in the Porsche customer magazine Christophorus, No. 383

Consumption data

Panamera: Fuel consumption combined 7.6 – 7.5 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 173 – 171 g/km

Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid: Fuel consumption combined 2.9 l/100 km; CO2-emissions 66 g/km; electricity consumption (combined) 16.2 kWh/100 km

Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: Fuel consumption combined 3.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 69 g/km; electricity consumption (combined) 17.6 kWh/100 km

Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Sport Turismo: Fuel consumption combined 2.6 l/100 km; CO2-emissions 59 g/km; electricity consumption (combined) 15.9 kWh/100 km

Panamera 4 Sport Turismo: Fuel consumption combined 7.9 – 7.8 l/100 km; CO2-emissions 180 – 178 g/km

Panamera 4S Diesel Sport Turismo: Fuel consumption combined 6.8 – 6.7 l/100 km; CO2-emissions 178 – 176 g/km

Panamera 4S Sport Turismo: Fuel consumption combined 8.3 – 8.2 l/100 km; CO2-emissions 189 – 187 g/km

Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo: Fuel consumption combined 9.5 – 9.4 l/100 km; CO2-emissions 217 – 215 g/km


Bernd Eberhart Freelance writer for technology and science. He lives and works in Tübingen. newsroom@porsche.com
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