New Panam­eras on way

Matamata Chronicle - - Motoring - MO­TOR­ING

Porsche is ex­pand­ing its range of sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion Panam­era mod­els avail­able in New Zealand.

The Ger­man car­maker an­nounced the Panam­era range was ex­pand­ing with six new ver­sions.

New Zealand is get­ting the rear-wheel drive Panam­era and four-wheel drive Panam­era 4 at prices of NZ$201,200 and NZ$209,700 with them due here in mid-2017.

The other mod­els not be­ing sold in NZ are a quar­tet of long wheel­base four-wheel drive mod­els in the Panam­era 4 Ex­ec­u­tive, Panam­era 4 E-Hy­brid Ex­ec­u­tive, Panam­era 4S Ex­ec­u­tive and Panam­era Turbo Ex­ec­u­tive.

The new Panam­era mod­els are planned to make their pub­lic pre­miere at next week’s Los An­ge­les mo­tor show.

The rear-wheel drive Panam­era and four-wheel drive Panam­era 4 are pow­ered by Porsche’s lat­est twin scroll tur­bocharged 3-litre V6 petrol en­gine. Shared with the Audi S4, S5 Coupe and S5 Sport­back, it pro­duces 15kW more than the older nat­u­rally as­pi­rated 3.6-litre V6 en­gine it re­places at 243kW.

In the stan­dard wheel­base Panam­era mod­els the new V6, which forms part of a new range of units de­vel­oped in an engi­neer­ing joint venture be­tween Porsche and Audi.

The Porsche Panam­era.

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