2017 Porsche Panamera Review May 29, 2017 by Jet (Driver Weekly)
The 2017 Porsche Panamera may barely be out, but it is already making headlines with its new and improved sports car styling and performance to match. The second generation of this model sits on a new platform and has new engines to match, giving you a significantly improved vehicle that is still clearly linked to its predecessor.
Plenty of Power
There will never be a lack of power for those who choose to drive the Panamera, and each powertrain is new. The Panamera 4S features a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 440 horsepower, which should be enough for the average person. That being said, the point of the Panamera is to leave most cars in the dust, which is why there is also a Panamera Turbo with a 4.0-liter V8 that also features a twin-turbocharger and 550 horsepower. The automaker is also planning to release a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 with approximately 350 horsepower as well as a hybrid. There should also be a Turbo S with 600 horsepower or more for the 2017 Panamera, although we may have to wait. American buyers might envy their European colleagues, who will also have a 442-horsepower 4.0-liter V8 turbodiesel and the familiar 3.0-liter V6 TDI. At its launch, the Panamera will always use a ZF 8-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission and all-wheel drive.
Although styling is a matter of taste, it is safe to say that the new Panamera qualifies as eye-catching and gorgeous in the eyes of most auto enthusiasts. It is a bit larger than its predecessor and more powerful. The side window openings are reminiscent of the Porsche 911, a touch we like. The headlights feature LEDs in a range of configurations and are styled in a way that seems futuristic and modern, while the taillights are clearly inspired by the 911, like the windows. The only downside of the updated styling is that the roof has been lowered, slightly decreasing headroom for rear passengers. However, it is worth it to create a sleek shape, especially since the average Panamera driver isn't using all five seats in their vehicle on a regular basis. More importantly, the change is slight. On the other hand, the stylistic updates have led to a larger trunk.
While the first generation of the Panamera stuck to a single body style, the 2017 version will have more options, something that should help it appeal to a wider audience. We are looking forward to seeing the station-wagon variation of the Panamera and taking it for a drive. There will also be an extended wheelbase version of the Panamera, something which was offered in the previous generation as well. The interior will have an updated user interface with buttons and angular horizontal lines. The front touchscreen interface is standard, and rear seat passengers can enjoy one as well. The only lack in terms of displays is that no head-up display will be available, although the TFT in the instrument cluster is large.
The latest version has cracked $85,000 MSRP and over $100,000 for the 4S and turbo models, but the new look is certainly turning heads with power and features to match.