£65,568 - £138,125 Price range
27 - 42 MPG
Constructed predominantly out of aluminium, handling is one of the Panamera’s greatest strengths. A rear-wheel steering function – like you get in the 911 GT3 – improves agility during hard cornering, while a torque vectoring system is capable of braking individual wheels to improve lateral grip. There’s also an automated rear wing that deploys at speed for added aerodynamic stability.
Initially, the Panamera is offered with a choice of three engines – two petrol and one diesel, all of which are supplemented by turbochargers. The entry point is a 3.0-litre V6 petrol fitted to the 4S. Producing 434hp and 406lb ft of torque, it covers the 0-62mph dash in 4.4 seconds (4.2 with Porsche’s Sport Chrono Package) yet returns a claimed 34.8mpg in official tests.
At 416hp, the 4.0-litre V8 used by the 4S Diesel can’t quite match the output of the 3.0-litre petrol, but compensates with a huge torque rating of 627lb ft and impressive 42.1mpg average fuel consumption. With a top speed of 177mph, it’s the fastest diesel production car on sale. The fastest Panamera, however, is the Turbo. The 524hp V8 helps delivers a 0-62mph time of just 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 190mph – it’ll challenge supercars for performance, nevermind other four-door saloons.
All models are paired with a new eight-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox. Later in the Panamera’s life, a plug-in hybrid will be introduced to replace the current petrol/electric model, and a less powerful petrol will serve as the entry point to the range.
Inside, the new Panamera gains a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system which, combined with a number of touch sensitive controls surrounding the gear selector, vastly reduces the number of physical buttons in the cabin. All Panameras are now compatible with Apple CarPlay and an upgraded Burmester sound system is optional.
The new model is set to improve in the practicality stakes, with boot volume increasing by 50 litres over its predecessor, to 495. Fold the rear seats down (a 40:20:40 split is offered) and that volume extends to 1,304 litres.
First UK deliveries of the new Porsche Panamera are due to begin in November 2016. Time to put your name down for a Panamera that is actually easy on the eye? Absolutely!