Believe it or not, it has already been seven years since Porsche first introduced the Panamera luxury sedan, and after a series of teasers and leaked images recently, the successor was finally revealed earlier today.
Featuring fresh exterior styling, a new interior, more powerful engines, re-developed chassis, and new contemporary communication features, the new Porsche is expected to be going on sale in many parts of the world next year.
Available in three variants as of now – Panamera 4S, Panamera 4S Diesel and Panamera Turbo, the car is offered with a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine, a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine, or a 4.0-litre V8 diesel engine.
While the 3.0L V6 engine in the Panamera 4S kicks out 434hp at 5650rpm and 550Nm of torque between 1750 and 5500rpm, the 4.0L V8 engine in the Panamera Turbo delivers 541hp at 5750rpm and 770Nm between 1960 and 4500rpm. The Diesel variant on the other hand produces 415hp at 3500rpm and a massive 850Nm of torque from just 1000 through to 3250rpm.
According to Porsche, more models are planned for introduction in early 2017, including an entry level rear-wheel drive variant as well as a hybrid variant.
Built on the second-gen Porsche Modular Standard Architecture platform, the new Panamera takes many styling cues from the 911. Despite retaining a similar liftback silhouette, it looks sleeker and sportier now. The wheel-arches have also been enlarged and can now accommodate wheels up to 21-inches in diameter.
Measuring at 5050mm long, 1935mm wide and 1423mm tall, the new Panamera is 35mm longer, 6mm wider and 5mm taller than the outgoing model. However, Porsche says the subtle added curvature to the roofline has brought a 20mm reduction in the height above the rear passenger compartment, with the affect that the new Panamera appears lower and longer than before.
This is further enhanced by a wheelbase that is 30mm longer than before at 2950mm – resulting in a shorter front overhang and longer rear overhang.
Thanks to the larger dimensions, rear seat headroom has increased, together with the boot capacity, which is up by 50 litres over the first-generation Panamera at 495 litres. With the rear seats folded, luggage space extends to 1304 litres.
Inside, the Panamera introduces a new interior design with touch sensitive surfaces along the middle console with lesser buttons and levers than before. While the dashboard houses a heavily hooded instrument binnacle boasting a traditional, central mounted analogue rev counter bookmarked by two 7.0-inch HD displays, it is supported by a larger 12.3-inch touchscreen monitor used for the various functions of the Porsche Communication Management system, which includes navigation, entertainment and connectivity features.
Other noteworthy features that are new in the second-gen Panamera include the electro-mechanical steering system, InnoDrive autonomous driving function, as well as the night vision assistant feature.
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