Porsche has unveiled its all-new 2017 Porsche Panamera – its sporty four-door, four-seater, family Grand Tourer, which is now in its second generation. Re-designed and redeveloped to the last detail, the new Panamera looks much better than the model it replaces. The engines, transmission and the interior, along with drive systems have all been redesigned completely. Here’s all that you need to know.
Engine and powertrain
The new Panamera will be offered in the base 4S (petrol and diesel) and Turbo variants. The 4S petrol variant draws power from a 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine with 440 hp of power (20 hp more than the previous model) and 550 Nm (30 Nm more) of torque. The Panamera 4S can reach 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds (4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package) with a top speed of 289 km/h.
The Panamera 4S Diesel gets a new eight-cylinder engine, for the first time in conjunction with permanent all-wheel drive. The most powerful diesel implemented in a Porsche production car to date develops a power of 422 hp and an immense peak torque of 850 Nm between 1,000 to 3,250 rpm. With a top speed of 285 km/h, the Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel is currently the world’s fastest production vehicle with a diesel engine. The Gran Turismo reaches the 100 km/h speed mark in 4.5 seconds (4.3 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package).
The top of the line Panamera Turbo gets a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 with 550 hp (30hp more) and 770 Nm (70 Nm more). 0-100 km/h comes in 3.8 seconds; with the Sport Chrono Package the sprint time is just 3.6 seconds. The Panamera Turbo can reach a top speed of 306 km/h.
All the variants of the Panamera get Normal, Sport, Sport Plus or Individual modes as standard. All engines come mated to a newly developed eight-speed PDK transmission.
Design and style
The new Panamera sits 20mm lower than the model it replaces, with more athletic flanks and pronounced shoulders, along with a sporty roofline. This typical Porsche ‘flyline’ treatment creates a stylistic link to Porsche’s design icon, the 911. The new Panamera is 34 mm longer, 6 mm wider and 5 mm taller than the model it replaces. Despite the slight increase in height, the four-door car manages to look much lower and longer. The wheelbase has been increased by 30 mm to 2,950 mm; this too lengthens the car’s proportions.
The large arches provide space for 19, 20 or 21 inch wheels, based on the variant. The Panamera 4S and 4S Diesel can be recognised by their round tailpipes, while the Panamera Turbo has trapezoidal tailpipe trims.
From the low seating position the drivers get to see car’s front wings and powerdome along with two 7-inch displays that are placed directly in the driver’s line of sight. Located in the middle of these two displays is the tachometer, which is still an analogue instrument. The tachometer, positioned centrally is a tribute to the 1955 Porsche 356 better known as the Speedster.
The gearshift console between the driver and the front passenger is dominated by the 12.3-inch touchscreen of the next generation Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system. The driver and front passenger can configure this display individually. The PCM system gets features such as online navigation, the online functions of Porsche Connect, smartphone integration via Apple Car Play and a new voice control system.
Even the louvres of the central air vent are electrically adjusted by touch-sensitive sliders. Rear passengers can control air conditioning and infotainment functions using an optional four-zone automatic climate control system.
The Porsche Panamera gets a 40:20:40 split of the folding rear bench backrests. Boot space is 495 litres, which can be extended to 1,304 litres. Optional elements include a panoramic tilt roof, massage seats, ambient lighting and a 3D high-end sound system from Burmester.
A special focus inside the cabin has been to make a clear and intuitive user interface like that of smartphones. Classic hard keys and conventional instruments have been reduced significantly. They have been replaced by touch-sensitive panels and individually configurable displays.
Driver aids and handling
The new Panamera gets cutting edge suspension and chassis features along with top notch electronic aids. The optional adaptive air suspension gets new three-chamber technology, including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM electronic damper control). The car also gets the enhanced Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) system including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) and active roll stabilisation. The integrated 4D Chassis Control system analyses and synchronises all chassis systems in real time and optimises the road performance of the new Panamera.
The new Panamera also features rear wheel steering – which is also new and has been adapted from the 918 Spyder and 911 Turbo. Brake performance has also been improved.
Next generation optional assistance systems include a night vision assistant, which uses a thermal imaging camera to detect people and large animals and displays a colour highlighted warning indicator in the cockpit.
The new optional LED matrix headlights can illuminate even people beyond the dipped beam if they are in the computed driving corridor.
The new Porsche InnoDrive, comprising adaptive cruise control can plan the car’s acceleration and deceleration as well as gears for the next three kilometres. It uses GPS data for the plan, and this electronic co-pilot automatically takes bends, inclines and speed limits into account while doing so.
The new Porsche Panamera can already be ordered now, and it will make its appearance at dealers on November 5, 2016. Prices in Germany start at 113,027 euros (~INR 85 lakh) for the Panamera 4S. Prices for the Panamera 4S Diesel start at 116,954 euros (~INR 88 Lakh), and the Panamera Turbo starts at 153,011 euros (~INR 1.15 Crore).
Check out an image gallery and videos of the new Porsche Panamera below
The new Panamera is coming. (Trailer)
Patrick Dempsey completes the new Panamera’s development journey
The new Panamera
The new Panamera Turbo and Panamera 4S in motion
The design of the new Panamera
Breaking a record with the fastest luxury sedan on earth – The new Panamera Turbo