The Porsche Panamera broke the mold when it was first introduced in late 2009, and it changed the perception of what constitutes a Porsche. Seating for 4? A front-engine design? If the introduction of the Cayenne bothered Porsche purists, a four-door sedan left them shaking their collective heads; until they drove one.
The Panamera launched as a 2010 model in three variants: the Panamera S, the Panamera 4S, and the Panamera Turbo. The first two were powered by a front-mounted 400 hp V-8 engine, and the last by a 500 hp twin-turbo V-8 engine. The sedans came equipped with Porsche’s lightning-quick 7-Speed PDK transmission, and handled the race track like a true sportscar. It wasn’t long before Porsche purists stopped shaking their heads and started staring with their jaws open.
The essence of Porsche is that they continually take something that seems perfect as it is and improve upon it. The Panamera is a shining example of this. Already the standard in the performance sedan category, the 2017 Panamera takes that class-leading design, and improves upon it.
Similar to its initial launch, the first Panamera models on our showroom floor will be the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo. The base Panamera model will follow soon after. The 4S is now powered by a 440 hp 2.9 litre V6 which is basically a two-cylinder-shorter version of the Turbo’s 550 hp 4.0 litre V8. Both are direct-injected twin-turbocharged engines that are new to the Panamera line-up.
Getting a cavernous 4-door sedan to handle like a Porsche sportscar was no simple feat. The chassis on the original Porsche Panamera managed the driving forces impeccably, and… the new one is better. Porsche’s new 4D chassis control system is perpetually analyzing pitch, yaw, and roll to compute optimum driving states and then synchronizes all chassis systems in real time to optimize performance. Road and Track raves “…the sheer mechanical grip is astonishing. If there’s understeer, you’re probably driving it wrong.”
Replacing Porsche’s 7-Speed PDK automatic transmission is a new 8-speed dual-clutch automatic that has shift times that match a 911 GT3. The old transmission seemed perfectly good. The new one is better.
A new 12-inch high-resolution touchscreen display tops the center stack controls. A second touchscreen is optional for rear-seat passengers. The only analog gauge in the instrument cluster is the center rev counter. Extending Panamera’s luxury features, the heated and ventilated leather seats are now available with a massage function.
The 2016 Panamera seemed pretty close to being the perfect sports sedan – but as usual, Porsche made it better. Schedule your test drive today.
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|MODELS||Panamera||Panamera 4S||Panamera Turbo|
|ENGINE||2.9L Turbocharged V6||2.9L Twin-Turbo V6||4.0L Twin-Turbo V8|
|TRANSMISSION||8-Speed PDK||8-Speed PDK||8-Speed PDK|
|HORSEPOWER||330 HP||440 HP||550 HP|
|TORQUE||331 lb-ft||405 lb-ft||567 lb-ft|
|0-60 TIME||5.4 Seconds||4.0 Seconds||3.4 Seconds|
|DRIVE AXLE||Rear Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|