2017 Porsche Panamera Gets a Long Overdue Facelift
Published July 8, 2016
When someone mentions the Porsche Panamera I think back to the original Top Gear hosts cringing at the sight of it. While the Panamera is a very capable sedan, the bad looks have long overshadowed the performance. With the 911, Boxster, and Cayman recently receiving styling upgrades; it was only a matter of time before the Panamera was redone. Fortunately for the entire world the new 2017 Porsche Panamera is here and it’s not nearly as ugly as it used to be.
Porsche made sure to start the design changes with the exterior. The roof line has a considerably sportier look which is complimented by the smaller and lightly swooped side window. The style now is more reminiscent of a Tesla Model S than a bulbous station wagon. The 911 lends is beautifully sloping front end to the new Panamera. In the rear a nice separation line between the new taillights give the appearance of a true deck lid rather than a half wagon/half SUV bulge. In total the length has been increased by 1.3 inches, width increased by 0.2 inches and the end of the roofline is 0.8 inches lower than before. Overall the exterior has improved in leaps and bounds over the first generation.
This new Panamera is more than just better looks, it also has the extra power to back up the sporty styling. Two new engines (three for Europe), both turbo-charged, are debuting with the 2017 Panamera. A 2.6-liter twin-turbo V-6 provides the 4S with 440 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque propelling it to 60 in 4.2 seconds. Topping the range off in the Panamera Turbo is a 550 hp, 570 lb-ft 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 capable of a 3.6 second 0-60 sprint. 0-60 times decrease by about 0.2 seconds each with the sport chrono package. The biggest surprise in the engine department is the offering of a twin-turbo V-8 diesel for the European market producing 420 hp and 630 lb-ft of torque.
Of course new engines and new looks aren’t the only updates to the previously bloated Panamera. Mating to the new engines is an all new eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission. Adding to the improvements is VW’s new MSB architecture and aluminum body panels which cut the weight by almost 200 pounds. This weight savings gets paired with three-chamber adaptive air suspension, rear steering and 4D Chassic Control. All these changes show Porsche has really stepped up its game in the sports luxury sedan category. The power and handling upgrades make it a serious contender on the track aside from its grocery getting capabilities.
Finally, the Porsche Panamer’s interior a gets a facelift as well. Porsche states the Panamera interior has been “reinterpreted for the future” to include black panel surfaces and touch-sensitive panels. The Porsche Advanced Cockpit system makes the new technology easy to use while adding convenience and connectivity. The steering wheel is inspired by the 918 Spyder to include the rotary Mode Switch drive selector. Keeping heritage in a digital world was done by placing an analog tachometer in front of the driver and flanking it with two 7-inch digital screens.
Overall, the 2017 Porsche Panamera has been completely redesigned. Best of all was the sportier, sleeker look of the exterior compared to the bulbous wagonesque look it previously had. Adding to the looks the architecture, panel materials, engines, and suspension have all been changed out as well. While it is already available in Europe, we will see it here on American shores in January 2017. The Panamera 4S starts at $99,900 while the Turbo begins at a staggering $146,900 but that’s the price you pay for a couple extra cylinders and 100 more horsepower. Thank you Porsche, for creating a Panamera that is no longer cringe-worthy!
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