Porsche Details New Panamera


Updated four-door coupe gets new look, new engines and a long-wheelbase model, all set to be unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show later this month.

The first photos and information on the new Panamera leaked out online yesterday, and now Porsche has officially revealed its updated four-door. While the photos are the same, there are some juicy new details and video footage. Porsche has subtly redesigned the Panamera with some cues (and one vital powertrain) borrowed from the Sport Turismo concept unveiled at the Paris show. The new Panamera also has a reshaped rear end that Porsche undoubtedly hopes will help deflect some criticism over the car’s shape.

More important, however, is what lines underneath the revised sheetmetal. Porsche will offer the new Panamera in a staggering array of specifications, including the base, diesel, hybrid, 4, S, 4S, GTS and Turbo versions. The biggest news, though, is the new Panamera S E-Hybrid. Replacing the previous hybrid model, the new version packs a more powerful electric motor (95hp vs. 47) and battery (9.4 kWh vs. 1.7). Porsche is calling it the first plug-in hybrid in the luxury class, apparently beating the Cadillac ELR to market and casting the troubled Fisker Karma aside.

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The Panamera S E-Hybrid is half a second quicker to 62 than its predecessor at 5.5 seconds, can reach 84 mph on pure electric mode and top out at 168 once the internal-combustion engine kicks in. It’ll also charge from a regular outlet in four hours, or two and a half from an industrial plug. A smartphone app can also display charge status and control the HVAC system remotely. The Panamera S and 4S get a new twin-turbo V6 to replace the previous 4.8-liter V8, delivering 20 more horsepower while consuming 18% less fuel. There’ll also be a new 300-horsepower diesel and a new flagship Turbo S model released later on.

Previously confined to Asia, Porsche is also offering the Panamera in long-wheelbase Executive trim for the 4S and Turbo, adding 15 cm for more rear legroom. Pricing for the new Panamera range in Germany starts at 81,849 euros for the base model and tops out at 163,364 for the Turbo Executive.

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