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Porsche Panamera’s Persistence Evident in Third-Generation Release

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Despite the spotlight shifting to the Porsche Taycan as a representation of the company’s future path, one might have reasonably presumed that the aging Porsche Panamera, now in its 15th year and spanning over two generations, would either be phased out or undergo a significant transformation. Nevertheless, Porsche has opted for a more subtle and surprising approach.

A Strong Argument For Further Developments

Many observers see the Panamera and Taycan as akin to one another, save for their powertrains, making it challenging to distinguish between the two at first glance. Both come in sedan and Sport Turismo body styles, offering similar practicality, with the key contrast lying in the option between EV and traditional internal combustion engines (with a hybrid option available). The forthcoming Panamera preserves this similarity, with Porsche asserting that enhancements in its driving dynamics will bring joy to Porsche aficionados.

The Case for Enhanced Driving Experience

Porsche proclaims that the new Panamera will handle much like a 911, achieved through a thorough revamping of the suspension system. The incorporation of PASM as a standard feature, present in all modern 911 models, equips sedan variants with an active damper arrangement that resonates with the brand’s sporty offerings. Furthermore, the Panamera will introduce Porsche Active Ride suspension technology, leveraging electronically controlled hydraulic actuators to optimize both performance and comfort in all driving scenarios. Optional elements like rear-axle steering enhance the vehicle’s agility, particularly in confined spaces.

Minor Adjustments in Other Areas

In terms of powertrain choices, the new Panamera shares more similarities with the latest Porsche Cayenne SUVs than with the 911. The base variants powered solely by internal combustion engines will feature a familiar 2.9L twin-turbocharged V6 delivering 348 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, the E-Hybrid trims are set to stand out, with all-wheel drive versions sporting an updated 4.0L twin-turbocharged V8, an enhanced 8-speed PDK gearbox, and a more sophisticated electric motor, achieving a combined output of 670 hp and 685 lb-ft of torque. The Turbo S E-Hybrid model is anticipated to impress with 729 hp. These high-performance variants are likely to sprint from 0-60 mph in the low-3-second range.

Everyday Practical Considerations

The new Panamera E-Hybrid models boast extended electric range capabilities. The Turbo version can travel up to 56 miles on battery power alone due to its larger 25.9 kWh battery. Additionally, a new 11 kW onboard charger hastens the recharging process due to the more advanced plug-in architecture.

If you’ve ever been inside a Taycan or one of the latest Cayennes, you will notice consistent interior design cues in the upcoming Panamera. With the electric vehicle’s interior concept already seamlessly integrated into the Cayenne, future models are expected to follow suit, as initially intended by Porsche. This means that the Porsche lineup will share many common design elements and technological features across the board—not a negative aspect, as it will create a sense of unity in the overall Porsche ownership experience.

Pricing & Availability

Currently, pricing details have been disclosed only for the base Panamera and the Panamera 4, starting at $101,550 USD and $108,550 USD respectively. Orders are currently open, with initial deliveries estimated for spring next year. Specifics regarding the Turbo E-Hybrid (or any subsequent hybrid models) are still forthcoming, but it is anticipated to surpass the starting price of the outgoing Turbo E-Hybrid at $197,850 USD. Porsche will release further details as the official sales date draws near.

Image Source: PuccaPhotography @ShutterStock

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