The all-new, second-generation 2017 Porsche Panamera made its global debut yesterday. It will arrive in Canadian showrooms during the first quarter of 2017 starting at $114,300 in 4S trim and $167,700 for the Turbo. It benefits from enhanced powertrains, a revised chassis, rear-axle steering, and much more.
The completely redesigned Porsche Panamera boasts long, dynamic proportions, pronounced shoulders, athletic flanks, and an extremely fast, 911-like roofline that is 20mm lower at the rear. Slightly longer than its predecessor at 5,049 mm (+34), with a wheelbase of 2,950 mm (+30), it also offers more passenger room in an improved cabin.
The low driving position is reminiscent of sports cars, while dual 7” displays are ergonomically laid out behind the steering wheel. The centre stack is dominated by the 12.3” touchscreen of the next-generation Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system. The driver and front passenger can configure this display individually. In the rear, passengers can control air conditioning and infotainment as they wish, and cargo capacity expands from 495 to 1,304 litres when you fold the seatbacks.
Two new twin-turbo engines with direct injection are being introduced. A 2.9L V6 with 440 hp drives the 2017 Panamera 4S, and a 4.0L V8 generating 550 hp propels the 2017 Panamera Turbo. The former sprints from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds, while the latter does so in just 3.8 seconds (3.6 with the Sport Chrono package).
Interestingly, the Panamera Turbo is also the first Porsche to be equipped with new adaptive cylinder control technology. In part-load operation, the system temporarily and imperceptibly turns the V8 into a 4-cylinder engine, reducing fuel consumption by up to 30%.
We can’t wait to test drive the new 2017 Porsche Panamera. Can you?