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New, sleeker 2017 Porsche Panamera maintains its roots, breaks a Nürburgring lap record [w/video]

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Photos courtesy Porsche

Today Porsche President and CEO Oliver Blume introduced the new 2017 Panamera Turbo and 4S in Berlin, bringing in a totally new generation of Porsche’s sedan.

"The new Panamera can be identified as a Panamera at first glance, but also as the new Panamera,” Head of Style Porsche AG Michael Maur remarks in a press release. “Its strengths have been reinforced, its weaknesses have been eradicated, and above all its distinctive character has been preserved."

At first look, the most striking change to the sedan is it’s styling, which, from the front-three-quarter view, is as smooth and flowing (perhaps better?) as the old Panamera, but more cohesive at the rear. A more gently sloping roofline does wonders for the profile and rear-three-quarter views, but looking at profile pictures of the new and old Panamera side by side shows no huge departure in overall shape. The new one still looks a bit like a hatchback, but the rear end sits more nicely with the rest of the car.

Dig under the skin, and the 2017 car reveals itself to be a totally new sedan. It’s underpinned by Porsche’s MSB platform, which is used throughout VW Group vehicles, and two new engines. The Turbo and 4S models will be the first two Panameras on the market, equipped with Porsche’s new 550-horsepower twin-turbo V8 and a new 440-hp twin-turbo V6, respectively. New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) testing has proved the new sedan to be up to 16% more efficient, Porsche said in its press release. According to Porsche, the immense power of the Turbo was enough to break the Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record for sedans: 7 minutes, 38 seconds. That's quite fast.

New three-chamber air suspension allows a more dynamic ride on models equipped with it, meaning a larger spread between comfort and sport suspension settings. Rear axle steering, which debuted on the 911 GT3 RS, has trickled down to the Panamera Turbo and 4S as a standard item, and is sure to help the hefty sedans’ agility. Porsche is also touting a new “4D Chassis Control” chassis management system on the new car.

Just as thrilling as the new Panamera’s exterior is it’s new driver interface. Porsche calls this “Porsche Advanced Cockpit,” and it has a huge center touchscreen as well as a new center console that features more touch-sensitive areas than buttons. The dashboard retains Porsche’s traditional centralized circular analog tachometer, but eschews analog gauges in favor of LED screens on the left and right sides. Operating all of this is the new Porsche Communications Management system — or PCM 4.1.

The 2017 Panamera Turbo and 4S  can be ordered now, and will hit dealer showrooms on November 5, 2016. The Turbo starts at $146,900, while the 4S starts at $99,900, neither including the nominal destination fee. Scroll down for the full Porsche press release. Watch the video below to see how Porsche broke the Nürburgring record.

Source: Porsche


Porsche Press Release

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume presents the latest generation in Berlin

Today Porsche President and CEO Oliver Blume introduced the new 2017 Panamera Turbo and 4S in Berlin, reportedly to a crowd of media representatives and other guests, bringing in a new generation of Porsche’s sedan.

"The new Panamera can be identified as a Panamera at first glance, but also as the new Panamera,” Head of Style Porsche AG Michael Maur remarks in a press release. “Its strengths have been reinforced, its weaknesses have been eradicated and above all its distinctive character has been preserved."

At first look, the most striking change to the sedan is it’s styling, which is as smooth and flowing (perhaps better?) from the front-three-quarter view of the old Panamera, but more cohesive at the rear.

Dig under the skin, and the 2017 car reveals itself to be a totally new car. It’s underpinned by Porsche’s MSB platform, which is used throughout VW Group vehicles, and two new engines. The Turbo and 4S models will be the first two Panameras on the market, equipped with Porsche’s new 550-horsepower twin-turbo V8 and a new 440-hp twin-turbo V6, respectively. New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) testing has proved the new sedan to be up to 16% more efficient, Porsche said in its press release.

New three-chamber air suspension allows a more dynamic ride on models equipped with it, meaning a larger spread between comfort and sport suspension settings. Rear axle steering, which debuted on the 911 GT3 RS, has trickled down to the Panamera Turbo and 4S as a standard item, and is sure to help the hefty sedans’ agility. Porsche is also touting a new “4D Chassis Control” chassis management system on the new car.

Just as thrilling as the new Panamera’s exterior is it’s new driver interface. Porsche calls this “Porsche Advanced Cockpit,” and it has a huge center touchscreen as well as a new center console that features more touch-sensitive areas than buttons. The dashboard retains Porsche’s traditional centralized circular analog tachometer, but eschews analog gauges in favor of LED screens on the left and right sides. Operating all of this is the new Porsche Communications Management system — or PCM 4.1.

The 2017 Panamera Turbo and 4S  can be ordered now, and will hit dealer showrooms on November 5, 2016. The Turbo starts at $146,900, while the 4S starts at $99,900, neither including the nominal destination fee. Scroll down for the full Porsche press release.

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