New V6 Turbo and Long Wheelbase Panamera Unveiled
As the momentum behind the new Panamera continues to grow, Porsche is to unveil an all-new powertrain alongside a long wheelbase version of its four-door sports saloon at next week’s Los Angeles Auto Show.
The big news is the 330hp twin-turbo V6 petrol engine which will power the entry level cars in the Panamera range. Compared to the V6 in the previous generation car, power is up by 20hp and efficiency up by around 13% – offering up to 37.7mpg on the official cycle. The new 330 hp engine is combined with rear-wheel drive in the Panamera, and Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive in the Panamera 4, plus a long wheelbase in the Panamera 4 Executive.
The Executive model sits at the other end of the Panamera spectrum to the entry level V6. It has a wheelbase 150mm longer than the standard car for additional legroom and greater comfort in the rear as well as a higher level of equipment as standard. The Executive is available in several guises: the all-wheel drive Panamera 4 Executive (330 hp), Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive (462 hp), Panamera 4S Executive (440 hp) and Panamera Turbo Executive (550 hp).
Adding to the luxury of the Executive variant is an array of additional features. These include a panoramic roof, multi-way adjustable heated seats front and rear, adaptive air suspension with PASM and a roll-up sun blind behind the rear seats. To this, the Panamera 4S Executive and Panamera Turbo Executive add rear-axle steering and soft-close doors. As the most powerful model, the Panamera Turbo Executive is equipped with features such as four-zone climate control, LED main headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and ambient lighting.
Buyers can also choose the option of a new large rear centre console, which can be equipped with two integrated folding tables and an inductive antenna connection for an additional smartphone. Similar to the existing Panamera models, the exterior of the Executive versions can be further individualised with a Sport design package. Another useful equipment option for the benefit of the rear passengers is the latest generation of Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment. The 10.1-inch displays integrated in the backrests of the front seats transform the rear of the Panamera into a fully digitalised workplace. The high-quality displays can also be detached and used as tablets outside the vehicle.
The additions to the Panamera range bring it up to a total of ten variants ranging from £66,386 to £122,480 (list prices) and 330hp to 550hp. Deliveries begin in early 2017.