What’s not to love about a Panamera? Some of us waited our entire lives for Porsche to come up with a reasonable daily driver. It was a thing of beauty when it debuted back in 2009 with a V8 engine and then a year later other options were added including a V6.
In Los Angeles the hybrid Panamera quickly became a favorite in private school carpool lines and for retirees. I have no idea why and even less interest in trying to figure it out. It seemed like two odd demographics for Porsche but I’ve adjusted to seeing it.
According to Porsche, “The new Panamera also bridges the gap between the world of focused sports cars and the world of luxurious sedans with highlights such as rear axle steering, active roll compensation and a three-chamber air suspension.” Sounds good but then they go on to say that it’s taken design cues from the 911 including, “a roof line that is 20 mm lower at the rear”. That’s two centimeters of drop. The writers at more technical sites will likely talk about drag coefficient and flylines but at the end of the day Porsche is trying to tell you that it’s looking like less of a sedan and more of a sportscar. Which is good because it was an oddly beautiful sedan and a not-oddly-beautiful sedan will be much better.
There are big changes in performance and handling beyond rear axle steering and newer more powerful engines but I’m stuck on the Turbo’s stats:
The Panamera Turbo is now the most powerful model in the range. Its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 develops 550 hp at 5,750 rpm and a maximum torque of 567 lb-ft between 1,960 and 4,500 rpm. It has 30 hp more than the previous model, and its maximum torque has been increased by 51 lb-ft. The eight-cylinder engine is capable of propelling the Panamera Turbo from 0 to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds; with the Sport Chrono Package, this time is reduced to just 3.4 seconds. The Panamera Turbo can reach a top track speed of 190 mph, and has a weight of 4398 pounds according to DIN measurement. These are impressive figures that illustrate just how easily the engine can propel the Panamera with its power-to-weight ratio of just 8 lbs/hp.
I’ve driven the full lineups of Panameras on the road and on a closed track and I loved every second of it. The 2017 Turbo looks like it’ll be a beast and the cabin will actually suit your family. We’re all going to want the Turbo but that 6 cylinder model? I’m thinking I’ll see a lot of those in the neighborhood.
The rear styling is where I’m delighted. Everything old is new again, yes?
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