Why Is Porsche Updating Everything BUT The Panamera for 2016?


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The 2016 model year is going to be big for Porsche. The beloved Boxster Spyder is coming back strong with a 3.8-liter flat-six that makes 375 horsepower and the same suspension from the new Cayman GT4. Speaking of the Cayman, we also know that it’s going up to 385 horsepower. Even the Cayenne is getting updated, most notably with a revised front fascia for the GTS and Turbo Models. By this point we also know that Porsche has obviously not neglected the 911.

For the 2016 model year, the introduction of the 500 horsepower GT3 RS and the Targa 4 GTS have already caused quite a stir in the automotive world.The German manufacturer has even given us a taste of what the 2017 911 (991) will be like at the Frankfurt Auto Show.But what about the Panamera? For this model year, the sporty four-door remains virtually untouched. A surprising move amidst all of the changes in this line-up.Even the Macan will feature some differences in its design cues, but the Panamera, still with its unpopular and bulbous rear-end, gets almost nothing. Is this Porsche foreshadowing the ultimate demise of this model?

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That’s been pretty much ruled out since the automaker announced that it will be bringing the Panamera to the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March. What we can expect is that Porsche will attempt to address long-standing discontent with the design of the car. At this point, it’s safe to say that the 2017 model year will finally spare us of the Panamera’s questionable taillights and boost its performance stats as well. Expect more details to begin rolling out as we get closer to Geneva.