2017 Porsche Panamera: That’s More Like It [87 Photos & Videos]

For all its merits as a luxury sports saloon, the original Panamera Mk1 could never escape its bloated and lackluster looks, something that Porsche has strived to amend with the all-new second generation model unveiled today.

Porsche says it systematically improved the Panamera concept redeveloping and redesigning it “down to the last detail” as it goes after a wide variety of luxury saloons, from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class to the Maserati Quattroporte.

Porsche strongly hinted at what it had in store for the new G2-codenamed Panamera as early as 2012 with the Sport Turismo Concept, a study that also previewed an upcoming addition to the family, a shooting-brake style estate that will launch sometime within the next 18 months.

While still recognizable as a scion of the first Panamera that came to life in 2009, the new liftback-style saloon has a sportier silhouette that’s aided by a more coupe-like roofline that reduces the height above the rear passenger compartment by 20mm (0.8 in.) and a 30mm (1.2 in.) longer wheelbase to eliminate the previous model’s hunchback styling and awkward proportions. Together with the shorter front overhangs and sharper styling details, including the front and rear lights, the new Panamera gives the impression that it’s closer related to the 911 than the Cayenne – and that’s a compliment for its design.

The same can be said about the 2017 Panamera’s interior that exhibits a completely new design influenced by the latest 911, but with additional tech features including high-resolution displays and an array of touch-sensitive surfaces that replace the previous car’s classic buttons right up to the louvres of the central air vents that are electrically adjusted by touch-sensitive sliders.

Continuing the digitalization trend that started with the 918 Spyder, Porsche fitted the new Panamera with a single analogue rev-counter flanked by two high res screens, while on the center console, there’s a 12.3-inch touchscreen of the next generation Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system. Even rear passengers get a digital screen when opted with a four-seat layout. The saloon offers a 40:20:40 split of the folding rear bench backrests and a luggage capacity of 495 liters that can extend to 1,304 liters with the rear seats folded.

New equipment options include a panoramic tilt roof, massage seats, ambient lighting and a 3D high-end sound system from Burmester.

As well as looking sharper, Porsche claims that the new Panamera will also be better on the road, reconciling “two contrasting characteristics more than ever before: the performance of a genuine sports car and the comfort of a luxury saloon”.

The second iteration of the Panamera is based on Porsche’s newer MSB (modular standard architecture) platform and comes packed with chassis tech. These include a number of optional and standard systems such as an adaptive air suspension with new three-chamber technology, including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM electronic damper control), enhanced Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) system with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) and active roll stabilisation, as well as a new electromechanical steering system. Also, for the first time, the Panamera will get Porsche’s rear-wheel steering pioneered in the 918 Spyder and 911 Turbo, while the Germans claim that brake performance has been improved over the previous model.

Powering the launch versions of the Panamera are Porsche’s new turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 and 4.0-liter V8 gasoline engines, and for the first time, a 4.0-liter V8 diesel in conjunction with permanent four-wheel drive. All engines are paired to a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and a re-worked version of the previous Panamera’s all-wheel drive system.

The 2.9-liter V6 biturbo petrol engine of the Panamera 4S produces a maximum power of 440PS / 434hp (+20hp) and 550Nm / 406 lb-ft (+30Nm), enough to push it to 100km/h (62mph) in 4.4 seconds or 4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package, and on to a top speed of 289km/h (180mph). It returns a combined fuel economy of between 8.2 – 8.1 l/100 km (186 – 184 g/km CO2) representing a fuel saving of up to 1.0 l/100 km or 11 percent over the previous 4S.

Sitting at the top of the range for now is the new Panamera Turbo with a 550PS / 542hp (+30hp) and 770Nm / 568 lb-ft (+70Nm) 4.0-liter biturbo V8 petrol. With a power-to-weight ratio of 3.6 kg/hp, the Turbo hits 100km/h (62mph) in 3.8 sec or 3.6 sec with the Sport Chrono Package, topping out at 306km/h (190mph). Porsche says it consumes between 9.4 – 9.3 l/100 km on average, or up to 1.1 l/100 km less than that of the previous model, with CO2 emissions of 214 – 212 g/km.

A new addition to the lineup is the Panamera 4S Diesel with a 422PS (416hp) and 850Nm (627 lb-ft) 4.0-liter V8, making it the most powerful production diesel Porsche ever. With a top speed of 285 km/h (177mph), it’s also the world’s fastest production vehicle with a diesel. It can reach the 100 km/h (62mph) speed mark in 4.5 seconds (4.3 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package), while promising combined fuel consumption of 6.8 – 6.7 l/100 km (178 – 176 g/km CO2).

Additional powertrains will be added to the range further down the road.

In Europe, the new Panamera can be ordered now with first customer deliveries on November 5. Prices in Germany start at €113,027 including VAT for the Panamera 4S, €116,954 for the Panamera 4S Diesel and €153,011 for the Panamera Turbo.

US sales are expected to begin in early 2017, with Porsche launching the Panamera with two engines, the $101,040 4S and the $147,950 Turbo.

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  • Sébastien

    That wing! What a nice interior too 🙂 Well done.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Yeah the rear interior is amazing.

      • Toss

        Why to do such a nice rear inerior if nobody sits there?

        • Matt

          Because it’s an expensive car?

        • J Hod

          the car’s a 4 door premium saloon with 4 seats its clearly meant to be carrying people in comfort and luxury. whether or not anyone’s gonna use the back seats is up to the user, not the manufacturer.

          • Toss

            Who buys a Panamera, wants to drive it. Who wants to sit in the back, choose an S-Class, 7 Series or an A8.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Looks like a 4 door 911 as someone previously mentioned in a different post.
    I still think it makes the current gen still desirable for those who liked the humpback.
    No bueno for me as long as its a 4 seater. A7 or 6GC.

  • Kash

    I like the new rim designs, especially the ones on the dark blue one.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Looks really fantastic. I never hated the old one but this one is what the Panamera should always have been. Very desirable.

    But what’s with all of these stupid intro videos with their overly dramatic music? It’s been done, people. Can we do something else now? Maybe something creative might be fun, no?

  • R1S0

    omg how i hate those touch sensitive “buttons” a.k.a fingerprint magnets all over it…

    • BlackPegasus

      I keep those small Ray Ban microfiber clothes in my car. Comes in handy for a quick surface wipe of fingerprints.

  • Ilbirs

    As I said before, it’s way better than the one it replaces and it’s a good way to begin the career of the MSB (front-engined RWD platform on the VW group).

  • fluffy

    those renderings look awful, do they really think this will replace automotive photographers for good?

  • alexxx

    its beyond me…how can people make such a nice interior yet at the same time cant design a good exterior… saying that,its much better then the first gen Quasimodo all right…

    • BGM

      Thank you. Was thinking the same thing. This is just not a good looking car. Proportions are all wrong. Interior is very nice though I wish someone would take that chrono on the dashboard and shot it to hell.

    • Dennis James

      It should be very easy for you. When you envisage a car’s design, especially one with proper rear seats, you don’t think where the occupants and drivetrain will be placed inside the car. Porsche had to build a functional car, not a stunning, unusable design. And they did an incredible job, given the constraints.

  • Stephen Baxter

    Well done 🙂

  • This car is just aces in my book! Look how neat that screen is fitted!!

  • “while promising combined fuel consumption of 6.8 – 6.7 l/100 km (178 – 176 g/km CO2).”

    I LOLLED. HARD.

    Anyway, Panamera is a class of its own… nice. Not really head over heels but much better than the 1st gen.

  • Nordschleife

    To me only the turbos (Macan, Panamara, Cayenne) look the best. Maybe it’s the rims and the slightly more aggressive front end. But I’ll take any of them. Kudos Porsche. You have a winner on your hands.

  • Hockeyman

    New? But sure thing it looks good 😉

  • Marwan Abdul Hak

    Nice well done.!

  • An Existing Person

    A very desirable car. Well-designed exterior, beautiful interior, impressive performance, and a moderate, Porsche-expected price. I’m sold, now where do I sign?

    • TheHake

      At your Porsche dealer…

  • DEFINITELY AN IMPROVEMENT. BEAUTIFUL INTERIOR IF NOT VERY PRACTICAL FOR USE WHILE DRIVING.

  • BlackPegasus

    She’s a beauty! I want one..
    And that new ass is everything 😜

  • WG

    how do those cupholders work?

    • Knotmyrealname

      Just push down (and they stay there until recalled up). They were first seen on the Phaeton.

  • roy

    Its just so damn awesome

  • surfshop

    Now thats the way an infotainment screen should look. None of those thick bezeled ones thats so popular in other cars. Exterior and interior is a win.

  • fabri99

    Finally, if you are looking for the best high-end sedan, you won’t need to choose between looks and driving pleasure. The new Panamera truly has it all…

  • TheHake

    I’ll have the Diesel, thanks!!!!

    • Kagiso Mutlaneng

      Co!

  • TheHake

    Wow! Great improvement over the old Panamera. I think it looks really good now. Love the look of the buttonless interior, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be the best to use. Looks great though.

  • roy

    Well as of now S just sucks when compared to this… And this is coming from someone who liked the S class

  • Dennis James

    No flaws on this design. Great interior, great exterior. I am glad that Porsche resisted the temptation for the stupid “glued iPad” interior design element.