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The enduring Porsche Panamera is entering its third generation

While Porsche Taycan is undoubtedly front and center when it comes to articulating the company’s future vision, one might assume that this is the case Porsche Panamera– now in its 15th year, over 2 generations – and its continued existence would become a binary choice at this point. There wouldn’t be much to debate. Either scrap it entirely or turn it into something significantly different from all previous versions. Interestingly, Porsche chose neither approach and took a more nuanced and perhaps unexpected path.

A convincing argument for more

For many, the Panamera and Taycan are somewhat synonymous – powertrain aside – and there’s no doubt that the average person would have a hard time distinguishing between the two platforms at first glance. Both were offered in very similar versions limousine And Sports tourism Body styles, with each car offering roughly the same level of practicality in the corresponding profiles. Aside from the decision to switch to electric vehicles or stick with a more conventional combustion engine (with the option of a hybrid), there isn’t much difference between the two models given the aforementioned difference Is a colossal one.

That sentiment won’t change drastically, although Porsche has gone on record saying that this second (technically third) wind for the Panamera is bolstered by the company’s flagship 911 sports car. No, nothing crazy will happen – like putting a GT3 engine in one of the upcoming models – nor will there necessarily be a direct mechanical relationship to the company’s quintessential flagship model. However, when talking about the new generation driving dynamics improvements, Porsche enthusiasts should have a lot to be excited about.

The argument for improved driving dynamics

In this regard, the German automaker claims that the Panamera will now feel a lot more like a 911 drive. Such claims have been made to varying degrees about every Porsche model, both past and present is not A 911 in the name of marketing, it looks like there’s a pretty good case to be made that this statement also applies in the case of the new Porsche Panamera.

At the moment, it looks like most of this transformation has been achieved by reworking the previous model’s suspension system. PASM– a staple on all modern 911 cars – is now standard on all Panamera trims, giving the sedan (and later Sport Turismo) models an active damper setup that indeed offers an experience unlike the brand’s sportiest models corresponds much better.

The automaker’s new design was developed specifically for its debut in the upcoming Panamera Porsche Active Ride Suspension technology that uses electronically controlled hydraulic motors This allows the pitch, yaw and roll movements of the vehicle to be manipulated to optimize both performance and comfort in every situation. If there’s one “flex” the Panamera has over other models, this is it, and it’s arguably the biggest proponent of making the case for it. Other optional functions such as: Rear axle steering Further improve vehicle maneuverability, especially in tight spaces.

Minor changes elsewhere

As far as powertrain options go, the new Panamera will have more in common with the latest Porsche Cayenne SUVs than the 911. It will be standard on the base all-combustion engine trims trusted 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6 now making 348 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. The pure rear-wheel-drive Panamera can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds, while the all-wheel-drive Panamera 4’s faster acceleration improves that time to 4.7 seconds.

Power overwhelming

Of course it is E-Hybrid Embellishments that are really meant to steal the show here. The exclusively all-wheel drive models have a Redesigned 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8A Improved 8-speed PDK transmission and a more sophisticated electric motor This now adds an additional 187 hp for the Turbo E-Hybrid, which produces a total of 670 hp and 685 lb-ft of torque. The latter is the first of four E-Hybrid models to come onto the market. After the initial release, a 729 hp Turbo S E-Hybrid variant will follow. The highest range models will undoubtedly complete the 0-60 mph sprint in the low 3-second range, making them truly a slam dunk.

Everyday considerations

The new Panamera E-Hybrid models can also boast a more environmentally friendly performance spectrum additional electric rangewith the Turbo variant able to travel up to 56 miles on battery power alone larger 25.9 kWh battery. Additionally a new one 11 kW on-board charger Speeds up the juicing process thanks to a more advanced plug-in architecture.

If you’ve ever sat in a Taycan or one of the all-new Cayennes, you’ll notice a familiar interior theme in the upcoming Panamera. With the electric vehicle’s interior design blueprint already fully integrated into the Cayenne, upcoming models are expected to follow suit, as Porsche always intended. This means that the Porsche model range will share many of the same design features and technical amenities across the board – not a bad thing, as this will result in some consistency when it comes to the overall Porsche experience.

Prices and availability

Currently only pricing information for the base Panamera and that Panamera 4 have been revealed, with each car starting at $101,550 And $108,550 respectively. Orders are currently being accepted and the first deliveries are expected to arrive in spring next year. There are no exact details yet on the Turbo E-Hybrid (or any subsequent hybrid models), but it is clear that it will surpass the previous Turbo E-Hybrid’s starting price of $197,850. Porsche will announce further details as the official on-sale date approaches.

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