The 2017 Porsche Panamera officially makes its Indian debut, the new iteration of the four-door coupé is available only three variants in India – the Porsche Panamera Turbo, Panamera Turbo Executive and the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo (a niche station wagon variant).
While the shape remains unmistakable, the second-gen displays a sleeker, sharper exterior character, with long, dynamic proportions, pronounced shoulders, athletic flanks and an extremely fast roof line that’s now 20 mm lower at the rear. The Turbo Executive trim is basically a stretched version of the regular model, with a wheelbase longer by 150 mm. The Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo looks significantly different from the other two with a shooting-brake design.
Design-wise, the 2017 Panamera is inspired by the new 911, while some minor cues have also been borrowed from the 718 Boxster & Cayman twins. The front and rear ends get new set of LED lights, which provide the new family look to the car’s face. The most prominent design change has been made on the side, as the new model gets a relatively slimmer profile. A highlight design cue is the new extendable spoiler that, at its operable speed, splits and extends as it rises.
On the inside, the second-gen Panamera features a fully digital control panel that replaces conventional physical knobs and buttons. The dashboard is characterized by a 12.3-inch touchscreen system that has been mounted on the centre console. Further gets a plusher feel and improved equipment (options include a panoramic tilt roof, massage seats, ambient lighting and a 3D high-end sound system from Burmester), there’s a high degree of digitalisation.
All three models of the new Panamera are powered by a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 petrol engine which churns out 550 PS at 5,750 rpm and 770 Nm between 1,960 and 4,500 rpm, which is 30 PS and 70 Nm more than in the previous outing. Despite using the same powertrain, the claimed 0-100kmph are just a little different – the standard Porsche Panamera Turbo does it in 3.7s, while the Panamera Turbo Executive and the Turbo Sport Turismo do it in 3.9s and 3.8s respectively. They can all be optioned with the Rs 3.96 lakh Sport Chrono Package, which brings down the 0-100kmph time by 0.2s.
Porsche India has announced that prices of the Panamera hybrid variants will be announced in two weeks while the diesels will be launched sometime next-year.
Prices of the 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo lineup (ex-Mumbai):
- Panamera Turbo – Rs 1.93 crore
- Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo – Rs 1.97 crore
- Panamera Turbo Executive – Rs 2.05 crore
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