Porsche has reveled the 2017 Panamera on Tuesday at Berlin, accompanied by a spectacular display of lights, music and choreography. Dubbed as “sports sedan”, the second generation Panamera has been re-developed from ground-up, and sports a new design language which creates a direct link to the 911. “An observer will immediately recognize the coupé-like roof line, but it is much ‘faster’, even more dynamic and includes a new side window look that emphasizes the coupe-like side view even more,” said Michael Mauer, Head of Style Porsche AG, who explained the design objectives that were set for the new model: “The new Panamera can be identified as a Panamera at first glance, but also as the new Panamera. Its strengths have been reinforced, its weaknesses have been eradicated and above all its distinctive character has been preserved.”
The 2017 Panamera will launch with two engines: the 550 hp Panamera Turbo which has 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 under the hood, and the 440 hp Panamera 4S sporting a 2.8 litre twin-turbo V6. The 4S and Turbo get 20 hp and 30 hp more respectively, than the outgoing model. These engines are mated to eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK II), and they are said to be 16% more fuel-efficient according to the New European Driving Cycle. The Turbo comes with cylinder deactivation technology, which shuts off 4 of its 8 cylinders when you’re not pushing it. Both models will be equipped with all-wheel drive as standard.
Changes inside are as dramatic as well. The instrument binnacle features a centrally mounted analog tachometer, but rather than traditional dials either side, it’s flanked by two 7-inch displays offering up a wealth of driver-friendly information. The center stack features a 12-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay.
Few key features offered are InnoDrive, three-chamber air suspension, rear axle steering and the new electronic 4D Chassis Control chassis management.