Thank you, Porsche, for finally giving us a new Panamera to love.
The wraps came off the all-new highly anticipated 2017 Panamera Turbo and 4S this week. It looks better since it takes more styling cues from the 911, it has a complete new engine lineup and comes with a thermal imaging camera.
Porsche says its reengineered and redesigned the four-door sedan down to the last detail. It’s longer, wider and taller than the outgoing model. The roofline is lower, too, and sweeps back towards the rear. (We should mention a wagon version should hit the states in 2018.)
Porsche gave the Panamera an aluminum body, except for the optional large panoramic roof overhead. You can’t miss it from the rear — the three-dimensional LED rear taillights really stand out from the crowd. The Turbo comes with integrated dual stainless steel exhaust pipes in a trapezoidal design. The 4S has round taillpipes.
The other big news is of course the engines. The Panamera comes with Porsche’s new V6 and V8 direct fuel injection twin-turbo engines. The Turbo is the most powerful model in the range. It’s powered by a 550-horsepower twin-turbo V8 with 567 pound-feet of torque. That’s 30 more horses and 51 more pound-feet of torque than the outgoing model. It can reach a top track speed of 190 mph.
The 4S features a 440-horsepower twin-turbo V6. Both models come with all-wheel drive and a new eight-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission.
To give it a sports car slash sedan feeling, Porsche says it gave the sedan rear axle steering, active roll compensation and a three-chamber air suspension.
Inside, the interior is more like a cockpit (you can see more of it in the video below.)
It has a futuristic display and control concept. In other words, you don’t see as many buttons in this one. It has more modern touchscreen displays like you get on tablets and smartphones. Porsche Connect is also being introduced in the sedan. It adds digital services and apps so drivers can control certain functions remotely by smartphone. All the high-tech aside, it also has a nod to the past with an analog tachometer.
The Panamera also offers some pretty cool new features in the driver’s assistance department. One of them is Night Vision Assistant, which uses a thermal imaging camera to detect people and large animals. Another new feature called Porsche InnoDrive uses navigation data and signals from radar and video sensors to look ahead 1.8 miles in front of you. Plus, it computes and activates the optimal acceleration and deceleration rates for maximum efficiency for those 1.8 miles. It takes corners, inclines and speed limits into account, too.
The new Panamera arrives this fall and the wagon version is expected in 2018.