7/2/16

2017 Porsche Panamera – All New, All Amazing!



In 2010 Porsche began production of the model 970 sedan, known to you and I as the Panamera. 

There were questions…
Did it drive like a proper Porsche?  Yes…

Was the interior nicely appointed?  Yes, in a Porsche sort of way...
Was the exterior recognizable as a Porsche?  Yes…

Was the car good looking?  Did it appeal to the eye?
Meh…

That last one is a problem.  While it does have a good road presence, the model 970 Panamera has some proportion issues, namely the bubble butt.  Due to a design edict to have headroom for 7’ 10” people in the back seat (not really), the slope of the roofline into the rear of the car just didn’t work.  Some could overlook this issue and the car has sold reasonably well.
Enter the all-new second generation Panamera…

Problem solved…!
Let me remove any mystery of my opinion right now.  Porsche has hit a home run with the 2017 Panamera…!  All proportions, including that dreaded roofline curve, now make perfect sense.  The butt of this baby is now sexy, courtesy of design queues from the latest generation of the 911.  The entire sedan has a clean, stunning and modern look. 

Another gripe I have had with recent Porsche vehicles, that is now being rectified, has been the info/nav tech.  A wholly new touch interface on a 12-inch center mounted TFT screen is neatly integrated into the dash and handles pretty much anything you can throw at it.  The driver’s instrument cluster has also been modernized, with a center mounted analog tachometer flanked by two smaller TFT screens, each controllable from the steering wheel.  It all adds up to one impressive upgrade.
As for some engine specs, at launch we will see a Panamera 4S with a twin-turbo V-6 rated at 440 horsepower.  The Panamera Turbo comes V-8 equipped, bringing 550 horses to the tarmac.  In the near future expect to see an entry level V-6 with 350-ish horsepower, and a hybrid version as well.  All Panameras come with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission from ZF.

Stunning inside and out, with tech now rivaling anything from the recently updated S-Class and 7-Series, not to mention driving dynamics in line with the brand, Porsche has a hit on its hands…!
All new, all amazing!



Marty Feldmann, The Connoisseur, is the highly sought after consultant who assists businesses and individual clients with the acquisition of the finer things life has to offer.  Whether you are planning a weekend getaway to wine country, selecting audio equipment to outfit your home, planning your dream vacation or purchasing your ultimate transportation, Marty is your personal connection to the good life…

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