We’ve been seeing teaser images of Porsche’s new Panamera and press images of this car have finally been unveiled to the world. And it looks good. We mean really, really good. At first glance, it is unmistakably a Panamera but with obvious aesthetic updates and a rear which takes stylistic cues from the current generation 911. Porsche have shifted over 150,000 units of the Panamera since its inception in 2009, and we have no doubt that the second generation will continue to push numbers for the marque.
Now manufactured at the Leipzig production site, the new car is longer and has more dynamic proportions, more pronounced shoulders, athletic flanks, and a slinky roof line that tapers lower towards the rear. Place the new Panamera next to the car it replaces and you will notice the proportional differences. The new car is 5,049mm long (+34mm), 1,937mm wide (+6mm) and 1,423mm tall (+5mm). Wheelbase is now 2,950mm (+30mm), where the front wheels have been shifted further forward, reducing the front overhang along with a longer distance between the front axle to the A-pillar.
Accentuating the car’s profile are the A-shaped air intake that extends to the sides, creating a completely new front-end design. A specific designed crossbar in the radiator grille also serves to emphasize the car’s wider stance. The car’s bonnet blends into the strong flares on the front wings – a typical Porsche design trait. The new side body – the bonnet, boot, roof and wings, are now made entirely out of aluminum. Naturally, there are also the updated four-point LED daytime running lights, of which three versions are available.
But much of the aesthetic changes are on the rear, with the most prominent component being the three-dimensional LED rear lights with integrated four-point brake lights. The rear lights are interconnected by a narrow LED strip. All of these elements together create an unmistakable night design. Integrated seamlessly and elegantly into the boot, which features electric opening and closing as standard, is the extendable rear spoiler that is now finished in body colour. On the Panamera Turbo, the wing also splits as it extends, thereby gaining additional surface area. Terminating the lower rear body is a diffuser into which the dual stainless steel tailpipes of the exhaust system are integrated on the left and right. The Panamera 4S and 4S Diesel can be recognized by their round tailpipes, while the Panamera Turbo has trapezoidal tailpipe trims.
For an even larger spread between comfort and sportiness, the Panamera now has such features as a new three-chamber air suspension, rear axle steering and the new electronic 4D Chassis Control chassis management system. Many new assistance systems also enhance ride comfort as well as safety.
At time of launch, all Panamera variants will be exclusively equipped with a permanent all-wheel drive system, with a choice of three new bi-turbo engines, all which are mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission.
Under the hood of the Panamera 4S, you get a bi-turbo V6 that makes 440hp/550Nm (+20hp/30Nm over its predecessor) and completes the century sprint in just 4.4 seconds (4.2 seconds with Sport Chrono Package). Its a similar story under the hood of the Panamera Turbo, with a bi-turbo V8 that makes 550hp/770Nm (+30hp/70Nm over its predecessor) and completes the sprint in just 3.8 seconds (3.6 seconds with Sport Chrono Package).
The Panamera 4S Diesel gets Porsche’s most powerful production diesel engine that makes 422hp/850Nm. This common rail engine is equipped with sequential turbocharging with variable turbine geometry (VTG), allowing the engine to work either as a biturbo or monoturbo, depending on the operating state. All this translates to a century sprint of 4.5 seconds (4.3 seconds with Sport Chrono Package) – no slouch at all for an oil burner.
Despite the big gains in power, Porsche says their new engines are up to 16% more efficient than before.
We’ve started to slowly see the evolution of the Porsche interior, and the second generation Panamera brings this one step further. The new Panamera gets Porsche Advanced Cockpit with a smartphone-like interface and configurable LED screens. There’s also the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM 4.1) which offers an entirely new range of connectivity via its intelligent digital functions. Customers will also be able to spec Porsche Connect which adds vehicle functions and digital services and apps which can integrate to a user’s smartphone.
No word yet on when the second generation Porsche Panamera will arrive in Malaysia, but we expect Q4 2016 or early 2017. We’ll keep you all updated for sure.