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The ‘entry-level’ Panamera will be 20bhp more powerful than its predecessor
When wheels reviewed the new second-generation Panamera sitting on Weissach’s latest modular platform, which will go on to underpin everything grand and luxurious from the VW Group in the future (Bentleys and Audis badges included), we rated it with a nine out of 10 as a rabidly fast executive limo (much better looking, too) let down in some crowded environments only by its gargantuan size.
The headline-grabbing 2017 Panamera Turbo makes 550 horsepower (as much as a 911 Turbo) and rockets from zero to 100kph in a little over three-and-a-half seconds, which is absurd.
For those less hurried, Porsche has now released the latest variant of the Panamera line-up, powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged engine, and if you go for the entry-level model, driving its rear wheels only through the eight-speed PDK (all three Panamera models announced at launch were all-wheel drive). The engine makes 450Nmof torque and 330 horsepower, or 20 horsepower up on the equivalent previous-generation Panamera, and propels the base car from zero to 100kph in 5.7 seconds going on to 264kph. Or you can have all-wheel drive in the Panamera 4 with the same motor, which boasts figures of 5.5 seconds and 262kph, though naturally if you spend Dh6,850 extra on Sport Chrono, the 0-100kph sprint times drop by a couple of tenths for each car.
On the other end of the line-up, Porsche has also revealed a long-wheelbase flagship Executive model that we first spied at the Leipzig factory on our visit during summer. With a wheelbase stretched by 150mm to offer more rear passenger legroom, the Executive option is available with the 550bhp Turbo, all the way down the order to the 440bhp 4S Executive, 462bhp E-Hybrid Executive, and you can have a long-wheelbase V6-engined Panamera as well.
So have your pick and remember that Leipzig’s only getting started — there is the sporty Panamera GTS still on the way, plus a “shooting brake” (four-door hatch) modelled after the gorgeous 2012 Panamera Sport Turismo concept with a mix of Mission E from last year’s Paris motor show.
Pricing for the V6-engined Panamera is to be set in our region but expect it to start from around Dh360K, before you spend a Boxster’s worth of options on the thing.