Porsche create cars that are not only fast but well built. This brand new Porsche Panamera does not fall short. It looks incredible and unique. From the front its undeniably Porsche with its contoured hood and big oval headlights. The back of the car is something else, it is different and unique only to the Porsche Panamera, it takes some getting use to, you either love it or hate it like Marmite. When you see other cars on the road sometimes you can mistake it for another brand or model but with this everyone will know that it is a Porsche Panamera.
The Interior in this new 2017 model has really changed from the old button heavy centre console to this new modern work of art. The new centre console with Direct Touch Control has a surface in glass look featuring touch-sensitive buttons for direct access to the most important functions. The buttons are markings on the glass like surface when touched let you know that they have been pressed with a vibration. In between: the compact gear selector. A high-resolution 12-inch touchscreen display is integrated into the dashboard that is very responsive and simple to use. It’s quality is what you would expect in this day and age and is high resolution. In conjunction with optional four-zone automatic climate control, the passengers in the rear also have a touchscreen display of their own. Two high-resolution screens, one to the right and one to left of the rev counter, display virtual instruments, maps and a range of other information.
The new instrument cluster has been updated and improved. Analogue meets digital: the new instrument cluster of the Panamera models is reminiscent of Porsche motorsport history – and, at the same time, it is as modern as only it can be.
In the middle and in direct view of the driver is the analogue rev counter, its needle integral to its truly classic design. To the left and right, two high-resolution displays provide you with a variety of information as and when you need it, such as the navigation map or Night Vision Assist.
On the left-hand side of the rev counter is the speedometer. In its centre, you can see data relating to adaptive cruise control, for example. In the display field on the outside left, you can choose to show the speed limit indicator, traffic sign recognition or the outside temperature.
On the right-hand side, the possibilities are even more varied. The inside display field is occupied by information from the on-board computer, the fuel gauge or the residual range. In the field on the outside right, you can see the time. And there’s also the option of viewing the map of the navigation system.
This model is the efficient entry level 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine and Panamera 4 is equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharger positioned between the cylinder banks and produces 243 kW (330 hp). The maximum torque of 450 Nm is achieved at 1,340 – 4,900 rpm. It also has a top speed of 164mph and can do 0-60mph is a whopping 5.5 seconds.
You see this Porsche is an executive saloon that can be a calm machine, can do everyday tasks and can be an everyday car but it also has the speed of a sports. It is the perfect balance between everyday comfort and a sports car that can really shift.
Wheelbase: 2,950 mm
Length: 5,049 mmHeight: 1,423 mm
|Power||243 kW (330 hp) at 5,400 – 6,400 1/min|
|Acceleration from 0 – 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph)||5.7 secs (5.5 secs with Launch Control)|
|Top speed||264 km/h (164 mph)|
|Fuel consumption* Combined in l/100 km (mpg)||7.6 – 7.5 (37.2 – 37.7)|
|CO2 emissions in g/km||173 – 171|
|Recommended Retail Price||from £ 66,386.00 incl. VAT|
[image from porsche.com/autobild.de]