10/12/2016 12:19:50 PM
The new Panamera, 2017 Porsche looks to be a hit, It’s good-looking, fast, fun, full featured accommodating and very desirable. Starting with the base V-6 4S that’s not lacking in anything—with the optional Turbo ups the game with truly stunning
The new Panamera provides an alluring combo of comfort, convenience, and effortless performance—and of course nothing else does it with Porsche’s signature prowess.
As noted above, the Panamera’s cabin was never lacking, but one look at the new cockpit is enough to make you forget all about the inside of the original car. Essentially, Porsche has removed almost every button and switch in favor of touchscreens and touch surfaces. On either side of the tach sit 7-inch screens that can display everything from engine info to navigation instructions. The center of the dash sports a high-resolution, 12.3-inch color display for controlling navigation, multimedia systems (the car is compatible with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), apps (everything from weather to Twitter), vehicle setup, and more. The nav system uses data piped-in from Google and can be operated via voice commands. The screen itself is a thing of beauty.
The new 2017 offers new engines, each more powerful and efficient than their predecessors, debut in the 2017 Panamera. The first, in the Panamera 4S, is a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 (designed by Audi) making a rousing 440 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque; it’s capable of gunning the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 180 mph. Cutting 0-to-60 mph acceleration by a half second (and pushing top speed to 190 mph) is a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8, good for 550 horsepower and 568 pound-feet.
The 2017 Panamera boasts so many standard and optional safety systems it’s almost a four-wheeled rubber room. In addition to eight standard air bags, the car offers lane-change assist (to warn you beforehand of cars lurking in your blind spot), lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, and a surround-view camera for an overhead perspective while you’re reversing. Newly available is Night Vision Assist, which uses thermal imaging to warn of people and animals in your path (when the car is outfitted with the optional LED matrix headlights, the system will warn you of objects it detects even beyond the range of the beams). Also new is InnoDrive, which enhances the adaptive cruise-control system by “reading” navigation data up to two miles ahead and then proactively modulating acceleration, shifting, braking, and steering for maximum efficiency and safety. The system also incorporates video and radar sensors that monitor everything from the traffic ahead to road signs, automatically adjusting your speed to the current posted limit. (InnoDrive will be available in the U.S. starting early next year.)
Expect the 2017 version to be a major hit with dealers across the country.