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    Porsche Covers Both Extremes of the Panamera Lineup

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      Porsche adds more models to the Panamera family


    Almost half a year has passed since Porsche introduced the second-generation Panamera to the world, the German automaker will be introducing two new Panamera variants at the LA Auto Show.

    First up are the entry level Panamera and Panamera 4. Both models get a new 3.0L turbocharged V6 engine producing 330 horsepower, an increase of 20 horsepower over the outgoing base V6. Porsche says the new engine is also more fuel efficent, though fuel economy numbers were not revealed.

    Second is the long-wheelbase variant dubbed the Executive. Compared to the standard Panamera, the Panamera Executive's wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer. Executive models get a large panoramic roof, heated seats, rear adjustable seats, and adaptive air suspension with electronically controlled dampers. Options include a large rear console and a rear entertainment system. The Executive is available on the Panamera 4, Panamera 4S (440 horsepower), Panamera 4 E-Hybrid (462 horsepower), and Panamera Turbo (550 horsepower).

    The Panamera, Panamera 4, and Executive models will go on sale next year.

    Source: Porsche 
    Press Release is on Page 2


    Debut of the Panamera Executive models, as well as the Panamera and Panamera 4

    Stuttgart. Porsche is continuing to expand the model range of the new Panamera: At the Los Angeles Auto Show, the sportscar manufacturer will be presenting the luxury saloon with a new 243 kW (330 hp) V6 turbo petrol engine, along with an extended Executive version as yet another body option. The new V6 turbo is a highly efficient and agile entry-level addition to the impressive range of engines. Power is up by 20 hp from the corresponding engine of the previous Panamera generation. At the same time, Porsche was able to reduce the consumption of this completely redeveloped six-cylinder petrol engine by up to 1.0 l/100 km. The new 330-hp engine is combined with rear-wheel drive in the Panamera and all-wheel drive in the Panamera 4, plus a long wheelbase in the Panamera 4 Executive.

    While the Panamera and Panamera 4 with 330 hp redefine what can be expected at the entry-level end, the Executive models of the big Porsche, with their 150 millimetre longer wheelbase, expand the body and equipment portfolio at the top end of the model line. Designed as a chauffeur saloon, this Porsche is available in the all-wheel drive versions Panamera 4 Executive (243 kW / 330 hp), Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive (340 kW / 462 hp), Panamera 4S Executive (324 kW / 440 hp) and Panamera Turbo Executive (404 kW / 550 hp).

    The new Porsche Panamera Executive versions are equipped even more exclusively. The standard features are supplemented with a large panoramic roof, heated comfort seats with multi-way electrical adjustment in the front and rear and adaptive air suspension with an electronically controlled damper system (Porsche Active Suspension Management / PASM). The roll-up sunblind behind the headrests in the rear also comes as standard. The standard equipment of the Panamera 4S Executive and Panamera Turbo Executive is even more comprehensive: Among other things, both models benefit from rear-axle steering and soft-close doors. As the most powerful model, the Panamera Turbo Executive is equipped with standard features such as four-zone climate control, LED main headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and ambient lighting.

    As an option, all Porsche Panamera Executive models are available with a newly developed, large rear centre console, which can also be equipped with two integrated folding tables and an inductive antenna connection for an additional smartphone, depending on the market. Similarly to the existing Panamera models, the exterior of the Executive versions can be further individualised with a Sport design package.

    Another useful equipment option, particularly for the Executive versions frequently used as chauffeur saloons in China and the USA, is the latest generation of Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment. The 10.1-inch displays integrated in the backrests of the front seats can be detached for a wide range of uses; when needed, they transform the rear of the Panamera into a fully digitalised workplace. The high-quality displays can also be used as tablets outside the vehicle.

    With regard to the model line, the fully redeveloped second generation of the Panamera was introduced in the summer of 2016. The four all-wheel drive models Panamera 4S, Panamera 4S Diesel (310 kW / 422 hp), Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera Turbo are already available on the market. With the addition of the new 330 hp versions and the Executive models, the Porsche Panamera range now comprises ten different models with power outputs from 330 to 550 hp.

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    Still looks ugly, the rear isn't as bad as before, but still not good.  If they put the inline six in the S-class next year, it will have 408 hp, a lot more than the 330 in the Panamera.  And the S550 will have 476 hp next year, sort of stomps on the Panamera S.  Porsche seemed to have forgot the power.

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    17 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    Still looks ugly, the rear isn't as bad as before, but still not good.  If they put the inline six in the S-class next year, it will have 408 hp, a lot more than the 330 in the Panamera.  And the S550 will have 476 hp next year, sort of stomps on the Panamera S.  Porsche seemed to have forgot the power.

    And yet it will still leave the Benz for dead in a straight line and on a back road.

     

    I like this new generation much more than the last, but I have to say, I think I'd rather just pocket some change and have an S8 +.

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    Well the S-class isn't a sports car, but the AMG versions should hang with a Panamera Executive just fine in a straight line.  The Panamera is a fast car, no denying it, but the 4S sport Chrono that does 0-60 in 4.2 seconds is also S550 money and 8-9 inches shorter of a car.  Put an E63 against the Panamera 4S and they are closer in size and the same price, and the E63 will own it.

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    It is pretty much unanimously agreed upon in the auto circles that no other sport sedan can rival the Panamera's overall driving dynamics. That's what you're paying for. An E Class and a Panamera don't have equal levels of cachet in most buyers' eyes. Panameras are made for Porsche buyers as much as they're made for a given market segment.

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