Following the global debut of the second generation Porsche Panamera in June this year, Porsche is continuing to expand the model range of the Panamera with the addition of a new 330hp V6 turbo petrol engine for the entry-level models, along with the new long-wheelbase Executive models of the sedan. These models will be on display at the LA Auto Show this week.
The new V6 turbo is a highly efficient and agile entry-level addition to the Panamera range of engines. Power is up by 20hp from the corresponding engine of the previous Panamera generation. At the same time, Porsche was able to reduce the consumption of this 6-cylinder petrol engine by up to 1.0 l/100 km. The new 330hp engine is combined with rear-wheel drive in the Panamera and all-wheel drive in the Panamera 4, plus the long wheelbase in the Panamera 4 Executive.
While the Panamera and Panamera 4 with 330 hp redefine what can be expected at the entry-level end, the Executive models of the big Porsche, with their 150 millimetre longer wheelbase, expand the body and equipment portfolio at the top end of the model line. This Porsche is available in the all-wheel drive versions Panamera 4, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo.
The new Porsche Panamera Executive versions standard features are supplemented with a large panoramic roof, heated comfort seats with multi-way electrical adjustment in the front and rear and adaptive air suspension with an electronically controlled damper system (Porsche Active Suspension Management / PASM). The roll-up sunblind behind the headrests in the rear also comes as standard. Meanwhile the Panamera 4S Executive and Panamera Turbo Executive comes with an additional rear-axle steering and soft-close doors. As the most powerful model, the Panamera Turbo Executive is equipped with standard features such as four-zone climate control, LED main headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and ambient lighting.
As an option, all Porsche Panamera Executive models are available with a new large rear centre console, which can also be equipped with two integrated folding tables and an inductive antenna connection for an additional smartphone, depending on the market. Similarly to the existing Panamera models, the exterior of the Executive versions can be further individualised with a Sport design package.
Another useful equipment option, particularly for the Executive versions frequently used as chauffeur cars in China and the USA, is the latest generation of Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment. The 10.1-inch displays integrated in the backrests of the front seats can be detached for a wide range of uses; when needed, they transform the rear of the Panamera into a fully digitalised workplace. The displays can also be used as tablets outside the vehicle.
With the addition of the new 330hp versions and the long-wheelbase models, the Porsche Panamera range now comprises 10 different models including the four all-wheel drive models Panamera 4S, Panamera 4S Diesel, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera Turbo which are already available on the market.