Porsche celebrated the world premiere of the new 2017 Panamera, which has been redeveloped from the ground up. The all new vehicle combines two contrasting characteristics better than ever before: it offers both the performance of a sports car and the comfort of a luxury sedan platform.
The design language of the new Panamera creates a link to the Porsche 911 through its even more dynamic flyline and by using specific design elements of the iconic sports car. “An observer will immediately recognize the coupé-like roof line, but it is much ‘faster’, even more dynamic and includes a new side window look that emphasizes the coupe-like side view even more,” said Michael Mauer, Head of Style Porsche AG, who explained the design objectives that were set for the new model: “The new Panamera can be identified as a Panamera at first glance, but also as the new Panamera. Its strengths have been reinforced, its weaknesses have been eradicated and above all its distinctive character has been preserved.”
What we do know is the new Panamera’s body is made entirely from aluminum and it features two new twin-turbo engines making the Panamera more powerful than before. A new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK II) is on hand to ensure these new engines are up to 16 percent more fuel-efficient.
The Panamera will launch with two engines: the 550 hp Panamera Turbo and the 440 hp Panamera 4S. Both models will be equipped with all-wheel drive as standard. In the Panamera 4S, that’s enough to launch the saloon to 60 in 4.4 seconds (4.2 with the optional Sport Chrono Package) and to hit a top speed of 180 miles per hour. The Panamera Turbo boasts a 0–60 run takes just 3.6 seconds (3.4 with Sport Chrono) and the top speed is 190 mph.
To provide an even larger spread between ride comfort and handling, the Panamera now offers features such as the new three-chamber air suspension, rear axle steering and the new electronic 4D Chassis Control chassis management system. The new MSB platform is the same as Bentley’s Flying Spur and future Continental GT. It is lighter, and can support the latest in chassis tech, like active roll cancelling to eradicate body roll.
Porsche isn’t just recalling its current sports car with the new Panamera. The central tachometer is designed to evoke the one in the 1955 356 A, more colloquially known as the Speedster. Beside that one analog throwback, however, the latest Panamera is fully modern and technologically advanced. Two seven-inch screens flank the tach, and the Porsche Advanced Cockpit includes a 12.3-inch tablet-like touchscreen in front of the driver. A new thermal imaging camera makes it easier to see in the dark.
Expect to see the 2017 Porsche Panamera hit dealers in January of 2017. Base price for the 4S is $101,040 while the Turbo begins at $147,950 and will rise from there depending on options.