2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo
Porsche has unveiled the next generation of the Panamera. A few years ago Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) had us out to Atlanta to experience the last generation of the car on the road and track. While you either loved or hated the styling, there was no question the performance was there.
It was simply amazing how such a large sedan felt like it shrunk around you on the track and provided a ride and performance comparable to many pure sports car. It truly proved to be a four door sports car. So, how does this latest generation stack up against the solid outgoing car?
The styling has been subtly reworked and it has made quite a difference, especially in the rear end. The back of the past two generations was very rounded which made for an awkward design. You can see the previous design in the image below and the new design in the image above. As you can see the new taillights and the addition of the lip and divider help break up the rear end much better.
In the front you find a new headlight design that was first seen in the Porsche 918 Spyder. The front fascia has also been reworked to improve air flow. These small changes make it look a bit more aggressive.
Inside of the outgoing model was great, but Porsche has stepped it up even more. The infotainment system is now larger and the center console has been reworked to look more modern and less cluttered than the past generation. Naturally there is a sea of leather surrounding you and the steering wheel features a design first appearing on the 918.
Performance naturally has improved and the Panamera Turbo is now the fastest performance sedan to lap the Nurburgring. To do this it uses its 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that pumps out 550 horsepower and 567 lb-ft of torque. That is 30 more horses and 51 more lb-ft of torque. 0-60 mph comes in as low as 3.4 seconds with the optional Sports Chrono Package. Flat out it can hit a very fast 190 mph.
Even if you go for the Panamera 4S power and performance are still very good. It uses a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 offering 440 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 mph takes as low as 4 seconds flat with the Sports Chrono Package. The top speed of 180 mph will have no trouble keeping up with Autobahn traffic.
So, the new generation is better looking more luxurious and has better performance figures. Sounds like Porsche has taken an overall good package and made it great.
The 2017 Panamera models will be in showrooms in January of 2017. Of course they aren’t inexpensive with the 4S starting at $99,900 and the Turbo starting at $149,600.
The below video shows a hot lap from the back seat of the last generation Panamera Turbo. Now just image what it will be like in the new car. I know we can’t wait to get behind the wheel.
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