As good of a car as the first-generation Porsche Panamera is, most people considered it a disappointment in the styling department. Suffice to say, it’s doesn’t quite live up to the 911’s design language. That changes with the 2017 Porsche Panamera, the model’s longer, wider, and way more attractive second iteration.
For all the flak the first-gen Panamera received, nobody accused it of being underpowered. That holds true for the 2017 model, which boasts performance specs that should excite even the most jaded automotive fan.
The 2017 Porsche Panamera comes in two flavors: 4S and Turbo. The former houses a 2.9-liter V6 that puts out 440 horsepower and 405 pound-feet of torque, while the latter gets a 4-liter, twin-turbo V8 that clocks in at 550 horsepower and 567 pound-feet. In terms of actual performance, that translates to a 0 to 60 of 4.4 seconds for the 4S and 3.6 seconds for the Turbo, along with top speeds of 180 and 190 mph, respectively.
Features include an all-aluminum body, LED lights both front and rear, an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive, a revised suspension, and an optional panoramic roof. Inside, it’s as modern as it gets, with three screens (a 12.3-inch display flanked by two 7-inchers on either side), touch-sensitive zones for climate control, and adaptive driving controls grouped onto the transmission tunnel. There’s also a thermal imaging camera in the back for a perfect view from behind even at night.
Slated to come out January, the 2017 Porsche Panamera is priced starting at $101,040.