FINALLY, Porsche have given the Panamera a much-needed facelift, and we at Wheels HQ are fans!
Unveiled overnight in Germany, the 2017 Porsche Panamera rocks a new roofline, as well as redesigned front and rear lights. The subtle changes make a huge difference to overall styling, with the four-door porker now looking like a proper sibling to the Porsche 911.
With that being said though, while the 911 still seems gawdy at certain angles, and has a rear-end to rival Kim Kardashian’s, the 2017- look Panamera is a massive improvement over previous iterations.
The Panamera will arrive in Australia in three different versions – The 4S, 4S Diesel, and Turbo.
These will all have twin-turbo engines, with a V6 petrol, V8 diesel, and V8 petrol respectively.
The 4S produces 324kW (440hp), the 4S Diesel 310kW (422hp) – but gets a whopping 850Nm of torque – while the Turbo pumps out 404kW (550hp)
All cars get permanent all-wheel drive and a new eight-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) for the first time ever.
One of the coolest things on the new Panamera is the electronic rear-wing on the Turbo. Not only does it raise and lower automatically, but it extends like some sort of Transformer off-shoot. We think it looks awesome in action, and cannot wait to see it in the flesh.
All Australian Panameras will come with adaptive air suspension, and Porsche Active Suspension Management electronic damper control.
Pricing starts at $304,200 for the 4S, up from $300,700 for the previous equivalent, while the 4S Diesel and Turbo will set you back $312,100 and $376,900 respectively.
Sales begin today, with deliveries of the 4S and Turbo expected first quarter of 2017, and the 4S Diesel shortly after.
Check the car out in action in the video below.
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