- Second generation of Porsche’s four-door GT
- Said to be both more luxurious and more sporting
- Available to order now, with prices from £88,770
New Porsche Panamera unveiled
The second generation of Porsche's four-door Grand Tourer aims to build on the success of the old model, combining two apparent opposites: part-sports car and part-luxury car
According to the company, the new car represents a rethinking of the original, combining even more effectively the two apparently contrasting sides of its character: sports car and luxury car. Not only does this new model look different from its predecessor, inside and out, the engines, transmission and chassis have been revised, while the cabin features a new set of controls for the infotainment system.
At first glance, there’s no mistaking that the new model is a Panamera, but where it differs from its predecessor is in having a lower roofline – which makes it look more like the company’s iconic 911 supercar, especially in profile – as well as being longer and wider, and having a longer wheelbase.
Other new features that will be obvious to Panamera-philes include the A-shaped air intake that gives the latest car a very different front-end look, the new LED headlights, and the way the LED rear lights are linked by a narrow LED strip.
For instance, although the central rev-counter is a conventional dial, it’s flanked by two digital displays, while the centre console is dominated by the 12.3-inch touch-screen that controls the infotainment system.
To improve the car’s practicality, the rear seats are split 40/20/40, allowing the 495-litre boot to expand to 1304 litres; and, among the options will be a panoramic sunroof, massage seats, ambient lighting and a top-end Burmester stereo.
Buyers will also have a choice of three bi-turbo engines, all uprated to produce more power, but consume less fuel, than the equivalent units in the previous Panamera. The 4S has a 2.9-litre V6 petrol engine, while there’s a V8 diesel in the 4S Diesel, and the Turbo has a 4.0-litre petrol V8 with cylinder shut-off technology that stops the operation of four of the cylinders when the engine is under light load.
The 0-62mph times are what you would expect of a Porsche: around 4.5 seconds in the two 4S models (making the 4S Diesel the fastest diesel-engined production car), and as little as 3.6 seconds in the Turbo, when equipped with the Sport Chrono Package. Given that level of performance, it's remarkable that the Diesel averages more than 40mpg, and even the Turbo averages more than 30mpg.
Among the safety features available are a night vision assistant, which uses a thermal imaging camera to detect people and large animals and display a warning in the cockpit. Drivers also have access to the new InnoDrive system, which uses information from the sat-nav, radar and video sensors to work out the best acceleration and deceleration rates for the next three kilometres.
The new car will be available to order from June 29th, and first deliveries are expected in November. Prices start at £88,700 for the Panamera 4S; the 4S Diesel costs £91,788; and, the flagship Panamera Turbo will be £113,075.
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