The 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo has been beautifully created to perform and look even better.
When automotive enthusiasts hear of a Porsche, the first thing they want to do is get behind its wheel – simply because the German automaker’s cars are one of the best on today’s roads. However, when it gets to the Panamera, some people just didn’t like the way it looked.
To address these concerns Porsche came up with the second-generation Panamera to end all motorists’ frustrations. And it goes without saying that this remodel was profoundly done. It’s been massively slimmed down, both visually and in mass, with the old car’s stepped roofline and bulky rear end gone in place of short overhangs – and a more graceful curve from windscreen to rear window. All these changes show as the 2017 Panamera is lower, longer and leaner.
This second-generation design looks confident, sleeker and more cohesive. The greenhouse and roofline finally cooperate, smoothed into one continuous fastback arc, complemented by the face-lifted 911’s corporate LED jewellery. Everything new in this model conspires to make it much sportier, but still very much a luxury sedan.
The Panamera’s new design has borrowed sporty styling cues from Porsche stalwarts like the 991, 718 Boxster and Cayman. The roofline takes a more direct route to the taillights. It’s all far tidier and more streamlined. It’s fair to say that it can no longer be called “ugly”– well, it shouldn’t. If you liked the first Panamera’s design, you’ll like this one. And if you didn’t, well, you probably still will.
Press that throttle and those beautiful taillights are all most people will see. The Panamera Turbo has a 4.0-litre twin-turbo with 550 horsepower, and is capable of accelerating from a dead stop to 100km/h in only 3.8 seconds – just wow, right? The Panamera is crazy stupid fast for a car that weighs 4,400 pounds. It uses an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with glass-smooth shifts, with the gearbox offering a splendid blend of performance in the low gears and efficiency in seventh and eight.
Step inside and the technology will light up your world. Behind the wheel, the centralised tachometer, which is one of the few analogue displays within the vehicle, is flanked by two 7-inch screens. The left-side display, known as ‘Speed & Assist’, features a virtual speedometer and related information such as cruise control. On the right is ‘Car & Info’, which relays other typical information such as fuel, trip and night vision. This being a luxury grand-tourer, the Panamera hits all the right comfort and convenience notes. It features lots of leather, an audiophile-level stereo system, knobs and switches that feel like they’re milled from ingots. At the centre of the car’s dashboard there is the wide 12.3-inch touch display. The Porsche Communication Management system is responsive and user-friendly.
All in all, the Porsche Panamera Turbo 2017 is bound to impress you on almost every level – from its tasteful redesign to the significantly upgraded powertrain offering and top of its class suspension setup. It is a vehicle that looks great, and delivers unparalleled performance in its class – and that’s what people are looking for in a car.