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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.