New for 2017
Wider, longer, and slightly taller, the 2017 Porsche Panamera is the new second generation of Porsche’s luxurious, high-performance sedan. It wears an entirely new design inside and out, and new engines and other upgrades beneath the surface.
The Porsche Panamera is the automaker’s only sedan model, complementing its range of sports cars and crossovers with premium positioning and a wide range of performance options.
Over the years, Porsche offered too many variants of the Porsche Panamera to count, from diesel and plug-in hybrid to incredibly powerful Turbo models, spanning a wide range of practical, ecological, and performance envelopes. For the 2017 model, only two models have been confirmed so far: the Panamera 4S and the Panamera Turbo, though you can be sure Porsche will add many more variants over the next few years.
The Panamera 4S will get a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine rated for 440 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. That’s an increase of 20 hp and 21 lb-ft over the previous Panamera 4S. The 2017 Panamera Turbo gets a 550 hp rating and 567 lb-ft of torque from its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 engine. Both the Panamera 4S and Turbo are all-wheel drive.
The Panamera Turbo is, as you might expect, very quick. Porsche claims 0-60 mph takes just 3.6 seconds in standard form, or as little as 3.4 seconds when equipped with the Sport Chrono package. And if you think that’s quick, wait for the Panamera Turbo S model that will surely follow at some point. For the Panamera 4S, the sprint is still quick: 4.2 seconds base, or 4.0 seconds with Sport Chrono. Top speed? The Turbo will hit 190 mph, and the 4S is capable of 180 mph.
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) have crash-tested the 2017 Porsche Panamera.
What We Think
We’ve called the first-generation Porsche Panamera one of the best performing, most well balanced luxury sport sedans available, and that’s unlikely to change in the car’s second generation. Continuous improvements to the Panamera during its first-generation run resulted in a continually faster, more refined, more technologically advanced car that we called a “spectacle of engineering and luxury craftsmanship.”
Those superlative comments derive from our time with the first-generation Panamera, a large sports sedan that belies its weight and footprint with brilliant driving dynamics. We found the interior luxurious and comfortable, though we would like to see a three-passenger option for the rear seat of the new model. Our biggest complaint with the first-generation Panamera (and, we’re guessing, something to watch out for on the 2017 model) is its price, which can quickly see a whole extra sport sedan’s worth of cost added to the base MSRP.
The 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo is the brand’s first application of its new cylinder deactivation control, which allows four of the eight cylinders to be shut down during light-load cruising, resulting in up to 30 percent fuel savings.
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