Porsche sexes up Panamera
Pearl Jumeirah, Dubai LOWER the roofline by 20mm, add some slimmer taillights with a 718-esque connecting reflector strip, rework the hind quarters to look more sportscar and less squatting dog, and voila! The once fugly Panamera is suddenly the sexy four-door fastback it was designed to be … but wasn’t.
For this second generation version Porsche briefed sculptors to shape a clean-slate exterior that’s not only instantly recognisable as a Panamera, but also instantly recognisable as a NEW Panamera. Nailed it. And while they were at it, some more powerful engines, a new eight-speed gearbox and a whole lotta fancy new gadgets were thrown in too.
It’s certainly prettier this time around, but trust us, the real beauty’s under the skin. This Panamera’s new from the ground up, and we mean that very literally. The only items shared between the new version and old are the name and the shield-shaped Porsche crest.
There’s a completely new design direction happening for Porsche inside too, where the previous version’s button-littered flight deck makes way for a far simpler, slicker layout. Hard buttons in the centre console have been replaced with a one-piece piano black panel which incorporates touch sensitive keys with haptic clicks much like an iPhone 7, while front and centre is a 12.3-inch touchscreen which houses menu upon menu of complex systems settings and infotainment displays.
The homescreen can be customised to an owner’s liking with programmed shortcuts and widgets, and it’s all reasonably easy to understand, but electronically-challenged customers could be overwhelmed by its elaborate functionality. Simple adjustments, such as pointing the centre vent in a certain direction, now require touchscreen finger swipes and prods. This particular gimmick is unnecessary, but I must admit, still very cool to play with.
Then there are two 7-inch colour screens either side of a revcounter with an actual needle (so old fashioned!) which can be configured with various information readouts, including full colour nav maps. And, the back seats also get a colour touchscreen of their own for seat, climate and media adjustments. Continued on page 3
Fresh hind quarters are much easier to look at. Note the 718-esque connecting strip between the taillights.