PORSCHE HAS SWELLED its second-generation Panamera line-up with an entry-level model powered by a new 3.0-litre V6 turbo petrol engine and a long-wheelbase version called the Panamera Executive. In total, there are six new models: the Panamera and its four-wheel-drive sibling, the Panamera 4, and a quartet of long-wheelbase four-wheel-drive models: Panamera 4 Executive, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive, Panamera 4S Executive and Panamera Turbo Executive.
Making their public debut at this week’s Los Angeles motor show, the models will be launched in the UK in April 2017. Prices will kick off at £66,386 for the Panamera and £76,034 for the Panamera Executive, whose key rival, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class L, starts from £74,250. The Panamera and Panamera 4 are powered by a twin-scroll turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine. Shared with the Audi S4, S5 Coupe and S5 Sportback, it produces 325bhp – 20bhp more than the older, naturally aspirated 3.6-litre V6 engine it replaces.
The new V6 is claimed to provide fuel savings of up to 3.6mpg over its predecessor, although official consumption figures are yet to be revealed. The same V6 is also offered in the Panamera 4 Executive. The Panamera 4S Executive runs a 434bhp twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 and the Panamera Turbo Executive has a 542bhp twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive uses a twin-turbo 2.9-litre V6 in combination with an electric motor mounted in the front of the standard eight-speed automatic gearbox for an overall output of 456bhp.
The Panamera Executives have a wheelbase that’s 150mm longer than the regular Panamera’s, at 3100mm, which extends the overall length to 5200mm. They are also better equipped. Standard Executive features include a panoramic roof, heated seats with electric adjustment both front and rear and adaptive air suspension with variable damper control as part of their Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system.
The Panamera 4S Executive and Panamera Turbo Executive also receive rear-wheel steering and soft-close doors, with the Turbo model adding four-zone climate control, LED main beam headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System and ambient lighting. As an option, the Panamera Executives are available with a new rear centre console that can be equipped with two integrated folding tables and an antenna connection for smartphones.