Thanks to social media, we get a preview of Porsche’s updated V8 saloon before its official unveiling on June 28th
The Porsche Panamera began life as an extremely ugly saloon car that was a blot on the Porsche line-up. It definitely performed like a boss but it just didn’t have the looks to match the grunt. The Panamera thus became the hideous toad in the Porsche portfolio.
All that is about to change, because we have before us the images of the latest 2017 Panamera and it’s the exact opposite of ugly. Social media is such a blessing for us enthusiasts. Granted, being better looking than its predecessor is not a big achievement but Porsche had to start somewhere. The new Panamera looks more purposeful and well balanced. A steeper front rake and increased wheel base along with the reworked proportions on the body work bestows on the Panamera a renewed sense of aesthetic grace. It still retains the original silhouette of its predecessor along with four doors but looks more poised and elegant. We also have images of the Panamera test mules that give us a better idea of its proportions.
The new Panamera features 911 inspired tail lamps and 718 inspired DRL headlamps that add a touch of sophistication. We also see more aggressive bumper styling with larger vents and strips of LEDs. The car in the leaked images is a Panamera turbo and it takes a lot of styling cues from its 911 turbo sibling.
The turbo Panamera would be powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0 litre V8. Expect some massive power from this motor. The new Panamera would also feature smaller displacement engines in both six and eight cylinder configurations. There is also a possibility of a plug-in hybrid Panamera. The new Panamera is based on a completely new platform called the MSB platform. It is essential German for a Modern Modular platform. The new MSB platform will form the base architecture for most upcoming VW luxury and premium cars.
The interior is a classic Porsche affair. At the centre of the instrument cluster is the large signature Porsche tachometer. It is the only analog gauge in a completely digital setup. The interior seems to be roomy and comfortable, especially for the rear passengers. We also expect a large capacitive touch display in the centre console.
The leaked images of the Panamera gives us a great insight into the car itself and we are psyched for its official unveil on the 28th of June. Follow us for a detailed update on the unveiling.