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What sets the in­te­rior apart is a stun­ning com­bi­na­tion of warmth and tex­ture with tech­ni­cal slick­ness, head­lined by an enor­mous 12.3-inch touch­screen dubbed Porsche Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Man­age­ment.

Heav­ily in­spired by smart­phone func­tion­al­ity, PCM al­lows you to ‘drag and drop’ func­tions from a ver­ti­cally scrolling side dis­play (which will make the switch to right-hand drive, and con­tains more than 20 apps) to cre­ate a cus­tomised ‘My Screen’ dis­play.

The screen can also be split (mix­ing, say, mu­sic with nav info) and it al­lows Google Earth street view when the in­te­grated wi-fi is con­nected. Siri is also present, but be­cause more than 90 per­cent of Panamera own­ers are Ap­ple loy­al­ists, only Ap­ple Carplay fea­tures (which Porsche claims al­most no owner will use!).

PCM also al­lows you to punch in a nav di­rec­tion (via a Porsche app) on your phone while hav­ing brekky, and the car will au­to­mat­i­cally be pre­pro­grammed when you jump in.

In fact, there’s so much tech in new Panamera ( like Inn­odrive, which scans the ter­rain ahead via sat-nav) that it re­quires 112 elec­tronic con­trol units (up from 70) and 100 mil­lion lines of code (up from just two mil­lion) to tie it all to­gether.

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