2017 Porsche Panamera Review – Gets a Major Facelift, and Then Some

The original Panamera looked good save for a larger than usual droopy rear end; the 2017 Porsche Panamera gets its body redone and now looks more like a four-door 911, a heavy four door 911. The original four-door Porsche hatchback charged hard, scythed through curves, and swallowed highway miles whole, it was one awesome luxury car that had both agility and high a high end cabin that looks heavy on creature comforts but is being pulled with confidence by the twin turbo V8.

2017 Porsche Panamera Review - Gets a Major Facelift, and Then Some

The 2017 Porsche Panamera Can be a Real Treat

With a lower roofline, a taller rear end, shapelier hips, and horizontal graphics that visually widen the car, the 2017 Porsche Panamera finally looks like the four-door 911 that it aspires to be. Yet the bodywork is actually the sidebar to, well, pretty much everything else. Every bit as fresh as the car that appeared in 2009, this second-generation Panamera debuts a new architecture, transmission, and interior as well as a new engine that’s shared with other vehicles under the Volkswagen group such as the Audi S6 and Bentley Continental. The new engine features better plumbing for the turbo making for more refined throttle response making used of the more pronounced high energy pulses thanks to the shorter exhaust travel distance.

All four occupants sit closer to the ground in the new 2017 Panamera. That allows rear-seat headroom to remain unchanged even as Porsche has dropped the roofline by as much as 0.8 inch. The new car also is 1.3 inches longer overall, with all but two-tenths of an inch used to stretch the wheelbase. The rear buckets, every bit as comfortable and supportive as the front seats, provide ample legroom, although a six-foot three-inch rider brushed his hair against the headliner, and the space only gets tighter as you recline the rear seat to a comfortable angle. The Panamera’s cockpit is as fetching as the sheetmetal and equipped for today, when tech and luxury are thought to be synonymous. The central analog tachometer is flanked by two 7.0-inch screens.

The new platform for the 2017 Porsche Panamera employs more aluminum in its unibody, although we don’t expect a significant weight reduction. Porsche’s PDK gearboxes are the gold standard in automatic shifting, and this new transmission lives up to its predecessor with quick yet graceful gear changes. It still has the perfectly awesome eagerness that the original generation Panamera has but is now offered with an improved engine and a lighter body the result is a very agile car despite the size.


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