Porsche Panamera melds performance with comfort

The first 2017 Porsche Panamera will begin arriving in Canada in the first quarter of 2017 with pricing starting at $114,300 for the Panamera 4S and $167,700 for the Panamera Turbo.

By Wheels.ca Wheels.ca

Jul 9, 2016 2 min. read

Article was updated 7 years ago

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The new 2017 Porsche Panamera reconciles two contrasting characteristics more than ever before: the performance of a genuine sports car and the comfort of a luxury sedan.

Its engines and transmissions have been redesigned, its chassis perfected, and its display and control concept reinterpreted for the future.

The new Panamera also extends the borders between the world of ambitious sports cars and the world of comfortable cruising cars with highlights such as rear axle steering, active roll stabilization, and three-chamber air suspension.

Arriving in the first quarter of 2017, pricing starts at $114,300 for the Panamera 4S and $167,700 for the Panamera Turbo.
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Two new biturbo direct injection engines are being introduced in the Panamera 4S and the Panamera Turbo. Both of them may be equipped with a permanent all-wheel drive system and a new eight-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK).

A V6 engine with 440 hp drives the Panamera 4S and a 550 hp V8 propels the Panamera Turbo.

In keeping with the overall concept of the new Panamera, the chassis also unites the cruising comfort of a luxury sedan with the performance of a true sports car.

This is achieved by supplementing the impressive basic layout with optional innovative systems such as an adaptive air suspension with new three-chamber technology, including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) electronic damper control, the enhanced Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) system including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), and active roll stabilization, as well as a new electromechanical steering system. The integrated 4D Chassis Control system analyzes and synchronizes all chassis systems in real time and optimizes the road performance of the new Panamera.

Porsche is also taking the steering precision and handling of sports cars into the GT class with rear axle steering – which is also new, adapted from the 918 Spyder and 911 Turbo.


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