New 2017 Porsche Panamera redefines luxury sedan concept
Porsche has systematically improved the Panamera concept – with a four-door sedan that has been redeveloped and reengineered down to the last detail. Its engines and transmissions have been redesigned, its chassis even further advanced, and its display and control concept reinterpreted for the future. 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.
Visually, the unique concept of this new Porsche is reflected in an expressive design: always a Panamera, unmistakably a sports car – with long, dynamic proportions, pronounced shoulders, and a roof line that is 20 mm lower at the rear. This typical Porsche flyline creates a stylistic link to Porsche’s design icon, the 911. Black panel surfaces and interactive displays incorporate a clear and intuitive user interface similar to that of smartphones and tablets and provide practical and intuitive solutions to control the car.
Classic buttons and conventional instruments have been replaced by touch-sensitive panels and individually configurable displays which take center stage in the new Porsche Advanced Cockpit.
All second generation Panamera models have redesigned engines. They have all been made more powerful, while significantly improving fuel economy and reducing emissions according to the New European Driving Cycle. Two new twin-turbo gasoline engines with direct fuel injection are being introduced at the market launch in the Panamera Turbo and the Panamera 4S. Both models are equipped with a permanent all-wheel drive system and a new eight-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK).
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 2.9-liter V6 twin-turbo engine of the Panamera 4S develops a maximum power of 440 hp (20 hp more than the previous model) at 5,650 rpm. Between 1,750 and 5,500 rpm, the new six-cylinder delivers 405 lb-ft (21 lb-ft more) to the wheels. ■
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