With the redesigned 2017 Panamera, Porsche promises “the performance of a sports car and the comfort of a luxury sedan.” Designed to seat 4 people and featuring a useful hatchback design, the new Panamera will be available in 4S and Turbo models when it goes on sale, with prices starting at $99,900. The Panamera Turbo costs a minimum of $146,900.
There is no mistaking the new Panamera for anything but. Some people might not even give it a second look, so reminiscent it is of the original. However, Porsche says that the design’s “strengths have been reinforced, its weaknesses have been eradicated, and above all its distinctive character has been preserved.”
Porsche stretched the wheelbase 1.2 inches, at the same time equipping the car with shorter front and longer rear overhangs. Standard LED lighting features “4-spot” running and brake lights, and the Panamera Turbo is equipped with a standard Porsche Dynamic Light System.
A rear spoiler deploys at higher speeds to supply extra downforce, and the 2017 Panamera sits on standard 19-in. aluminum wheels. Optional wheel selections are sized 20 ins. and 21 ins. in diameter.
A better-realized design than the original, the new Panamera is more cohesive and balanced, expressing definitive ties to the iconic 911.
As was true of the previous Panamera, the new car features 4-passenger seating divided by a flow-through center console that descends from the dashboard at an angle. An analog tachometer dominates the instrumentation, flanked by configurable display screens, and a 14-speaker Bose premium audio system is standard.
The Panamera Turbo is equipped with 14-way power heated front seats with memory for the driver’s preferred settings.Seating upgrades include ventilated front seats, adaptive front sport seats with sport-bolstered rear seats, and 8-way power-adjustable rear seats. Buyers can also specify a massage function for all four seats.
A 4-zone automatic climate control system is optional, equipped with a glass rear touch-screen control panel and offered with an available air-ionization system. A Burmeister High-End 3D surround-sound audio system is an upgrade, pushing 1,455 watts of power through 21 loudspeakers.
Buyers can also tailor the new Panamera’s cabin in different kinds of leather and with an available 7-color ambient cabin lighting system, and choose between wood, aluminum, and carbon dashboard trim.
Under the Hood
Lighter, more powerful, direct-injection, twin-turbocharged engines are installed in the Panamera 4S and Turbo, combined with a new 8-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox. Porsche says the new powertrains yield up to a 16% gain in fuel efficiency, thanks in part to energy-recuperation technology for the car’s electrical system, active air intake flaps, and automatic engine start/stop technology with a coasting function.
A twin-turbocharged, 2.9-liter V-6 engine gives the Panamera 4S 440 horsepower from 5,650 rpm to 6,600 rpm, and 405 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,750 rpm to 5,500 rpm. An active all-wheel-drive (AWD) system is standard, and Porsche claims that the Panamera 4S accelerates to 60 mph in less than 4.5 seconds.
The Panamera Turbo’s twin-turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 motor features twin-scroll turbines and generates 550 horsepower from 5,750 rpm to 6,000 rpm. Torque measures 568 lb.-ft., peaking from 1,960 rpm to 4,500 rpm. Active AWD is standard, as is adaptive cylinder control, which deactivates half of the engine’s cylinders to improve fuel economy under certain driving conditions. Acceleration to 60 mph takes less than 3.7 seconds, according to Porsche.
New options include a 3-chamber air suspension, rear-axle steering, and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport active roll-stabilization technology with new active anti-roll bars. The latter upgrade includes Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, which brakes the right or left rear wheel to tighten a cornering line and includes an electronically controlled rear differential lock. A new electronic 4D chassis management system is also available, managing body pitch, yaw, and roll.
Additional performance enhancements include Porsche Active Suspension Management with Normal, Sport, and Sport Plus driving modes, and a Sport Chrono package. This option includes performance meters and displays, quicker dynamic reflexes, and a Launch Control system. For 2017, the Sport Chrono package adds a new driving mode switch on the steering wheel, complete with a Sport Response button for quicker access to speedier performance.
Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes are also offered for the 2017 Panamera. This option installs cross-drilled ceramic brake discs, clamped by 10-piston front and 4-piston rear calipers. Half the weight and more resistant to fade than the standard braking components, this option also produces shorter stopping distances, Porsche claims.
Porsche InnoDrive technology debuts on the new Panamera, equipping the sport sedan with an adaptive cruise control system that automatically takes into account speed limits and route topography to deliver a livelier performance when the Sport mode is activated, Porsche says. It includes Traffic Jam Assist technology, which operates at speeds below 37 mph.
Additional safety systems include active cruise control, lane-change assist, and a lane-keep assist system that can alert the driver to tight upcoming corners in the road. New Turn Assist technology can detect whether an object is approaching the Panamera from a rear flank when the car is making a turn, and new Night Vision Assist detects pedestrians and large animals after dark.
New Porsche Advanced Cockpit technology debuts in the new Panamera, complete with a 12-in. customizable touch-screen display and interfaces that operate similar to smartphones. Configurable LED screens and a Direct Touch Control system with a surface similar to glass are also a part of this new approach to instrumentation and controls.
Next-generation Porsche Communication Management infotainment technology also debuts in the new Panamera, featuring voice-recognition technology, a 10GB hard drive for music storage, SD card slot, and a USB port. Available Connect Plus technology adds wireless internet access and a SIM card slot and provides the foundation for new Porsche Connect subscription services and remote-access smartphone and smart watch apps. Highlights include access to real-time traffic, Google Street View and Google Earth maps, stolen-vehicle tracking, and music-streaming services.
A new rear-seat entertainment system is offered for the 2017 Panamera, equipping the car with dual removable 10-in. touch-screen displays and 32GB of memory. This system includes Bluetooth connectivity, Internet access, and Near Field Communication technology, as well as a micro SD slot, micro USB port, and wireless headphones.