Porsche wanted to make the 2017 Porsche Panamera the fastest luxury saloon in the world. With that being said, Porsche aims to conquer the BMW 7 Series and Mercedes S Class drivers. The all new luxury saloon drives slightly fast for its size and weight. A car should be safe too, so Porsche brought a great innovation to the car: the Innodrive. This feature consists of a sonar, a radar and an imaging sensor, plus adaptive cruise-control system, speed-limit recognition and self-steering system, which it pulls you back to the lane just in case. Before talking about the infotainment system, we ought to say that the 2017 Panamera got rid of all those buttons in the central console – a big step forward.
A central 12 inch touchscreen, greets the driver with a clean look and Apple CarPlay, but no Android Auto? Porsche has yet to explain that. Second of all, the 2017 Porsche Panamera went from zillion of buttons to practically none. There’s a piano-black surface that works most likely like a laptop touchpad you can operate. The instrument cluster is a combo of one central analog tachometer and two 7-inch displays, right and left. The 12 inch screen on the dash, allows customisation, that means you choose to display the map, the track list, and performance data all together. Porsche has made these features possible by designing the new PCM system. The German brand has added the Burmester audito system with 1,445 watts delivered to 21 speakers – as an option.
Typical Sober German Design
Although the new Panamera is prettier than the last one, it is not much different from the typical sober German design. Beauty has to meet utility, perhaps that’s what they think. The Aston Martin Rapide S looks way more beautiful. Ever since the Germans produced the first car we have to understand that they build cars to offer balance and good experience. The 2017 Porsche Panamera looks very good, but it’s not the most beautiful car you will ever see. There’s no doubt it kinda looks like a giant 911. The Panamera is 198.8 inches long, and weighs over 4,000 pounds.
Nurburgring Lap In 7.32 Minutes
Despite its size and weight, the Panamera does behave like it was built for speed. The Panamera Turbo will complete the Nurburgring lap in 7.32 minutes, according to Porsche. If that actually happens, the Porsche 911 GT3 997 will be 2 seconds behind, and 4 seconds behind for the Cayman GT4. Those are numbers from 2009 and 2015, respectively. The great performance comes from the two engines the model will receive: a V8 Twin-Turbo and a V6 Twin-Turbo for the Panamera S. The 4.0 litre V8 delivers 550 PS and 567 lb-ft of torque, and the 2.9 litre V6 440 PS with 405 lb-ft. There’s also a third turbodiesel V8 engine with the biggest torque: 627 lb-ft and, 422 PS.
The 8-speed PDK transmission manages the three engines, plus they are all AWD. The Panamera sprints from 0-60 in 3.6, 4.2 and 4.3 seconds respectively, reaching the tops speed at 190 mph, 179 mph and 177 mph. With the Sport Plus mode the sprinting drops to 3.4, 4.0 and 4.1 seconds. These numbers proves that the new 2017 Porsche Panamera is indeed a very fast luxury saloon. The prices starts at £88,700 for the Panamera S, and for you the Turbo version you have to drop £113,075. In the future, there will be a hybrid version of the new Panamera.