Porsche makes an Executive decision

Panamera sedan gets stretched wheelbase model, new base turbo engine

Published: November 11, 2016, 10:05 PM
Updated: November 16, 2016, 5:04 AM

2017 Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid Executive

2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive

Porsche is bringing a couple new Panameras to the stage in Los Angeles, unveiling a new V6 Turbo and a stretched wheelbase Executive model.

The new base engine for the Panamera, Panamera 4 and the long-wheelbase version of the all-wheel drive Panamera 4 will be a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V-6, making 330 hp (20 hp more than the previous base engine, the 3.6 V-6). The completely redesigned engine is also more fuel efficient than its predecessor.

The Executive version adds 150 mm to the wheelbase, all of it directly translated into rear-seat legroom, and will be available in all Panameras at the top end of the line — the Panamera 4, Panamera E-Hybrid, Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo.

The Executive models also get more exclusive standard equipment, including panorama sunroof, electrically adjusted heated comfort seats front and rear, rear window shade, and adaptive air suspension with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system.

2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive interior

In addition, the 4S and Turbo models get rear wheel steering and soft close doors, with the Turbo model also getting multi-zone climate control, LED headlights with dynamic lighting system, and ambient interior lighting.

Options include exterior sport design packages, and a rear centre console with a rear entertainment system. Displays are integrated into the back of the front seats, and can be removed to be used as 10.1 inch tablets.

That brings the number of models in the Panamera line to nine, with deliveries starting in January 2017.