The first Panamera surprised a lot of us in the Porsche family. No one would thought to see the day when a four-door would be sold along the iconic 911. Porsche did and it was a huge success.
No one would think that a four-door can perform as expected from a Porsche. The doubters were proven wrong, as the Panamera was seen as the pinnacle of performance among flagship four-doors.
The opportunity has come to shake up convention again. To create a four-door flagship model that stirs the soul, just like our iconic lineup. To make it sleeker, but more accommodating. To create more power and efficiency at the same time. To design an interior that is perfect for the driver and its passengers.
Introducing the 2017 Porsche Panamera – mission accomplished.
Its debut in Berlin recently elicited a reaction not unlike every Porsche debut ever. The design is spot on – taking elements of the Type 991 911 and forging it onto a four-door platform. The result is a sleeker profile, with a lower roofline than the current model. A new C-pillar glass is added for better vision and visual affect.
Porsche worked on a cabin that was meant to engage, as well as entertain. The Porsche Advanced Cockpit was designed to eliminate buttons and instrumentation for a more simplified cockpit, using touch sensitive technology and screen customization. In addition, a center screen is the hub of a new generation of information and connected technologies that will benefit all occupants inside of the Panamera. However, do not think that Porsche’s heritage will be missed. On the contrary, you can still see the basic dial design its owners have come to known for many generations, even as the Panamera advances towards the digital age.
As with the latest Porsche models, the new Panamera adds twin turbochargers to all of their V6 and V8 engines. These engines now include direct fuel injection for better efficiency and fuel distribution. The 440-horsepower 2.9-liter Panamera 4S and 550-horsepower, 4.0-liter Panamera Turbo will now have all-wheel drive included as part of the drivetrain. The Turbo can go from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds equipped with the Sports Chrono package with a top speed of 190 MPH. The driver can dial in engine, transmission, steering and suspension feel through the new Mode button, originally designed for the 918 Spyder.
Normally, a flagship sedan is engineered for luxury. It means a soft, smooth ride for ultimate comfort with everyone on board. However, the Panamera is a Porsche – first and foremost. While it serves as its most luxurious four-door vehicle, it also embodies a lot of its performance tendencies expected from a Porsche. This includes employing such enhancements including a new electromechanical power steering system, system, an available adaptive air suspension with new three-chamber technology, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), enhanced Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) system, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), active roll stabilization and an integrated 4D Chassis Control system. All of this equals a performance-bred four-door designed for optimal driving dynamics unique for a vehicle in its class.
Not only will the Panamera promise an excellent driving experience, it will also be designed to be safe and secure. For example, Night Vision Assistant uses a thermal imaging camera to detect people and large animals and displays a highlighted warning indicator in the cockpit. Also added to the new Panamera is Porsche InnoDrive, an integrated suite of active safety technologies that includes adaptive cruise control among other sensing technologies.
The first two models to be introduced will be the Panamera 4S and the Panamera Turbo. Pricing will start at $99,900 for the 4S, $146,000. The first deliveries are set for January, 2017.
In all, the 2017 Porsche Panamera is set to become the most advanced and engaging car in our history. There is plenty of time to wait and experience what a four-door flagship car can be when there are no limitations in performance, technology and innovation. Let us know if the 2017 Panamera is to become the next four-door car to own. Become of the first in Southern California to own the new 2017 Porsche Panamera, reserve yours today.