Panamera is arguably the most awkward Porsche’s model currently offered. It is not really a sedan, neither it’s a hatchback. It is something in between the two. The 2016 Porsche Panamera should be carried one last time before second generation models arrive later next year as 2017 year models but still, there is a chance that 2016 model will be the first model in new generation. Currently, only news are Edition models which represent special trim levels in lower part of the lineup.
Powertrain lineup in Panamera is largely similar to the one in Cayenne. Base version and Panamera 4 models (together with their Edition counterparts) offer 3.6L V-6 engine which is capable of putting up 310 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Models like S, 4S and 4S Executive exhibit stronger, 3.0L twin-turbo V-6 engine making 420 hp and 84 lb-ft of torque. Top of the line is reserved for GTS, Turbo, Turbo Executive, Turbo S and Turbo S Executive models which all have the same 4.8L V-8 mill under their hoods. However, output differs depending on trim level. For starters, GTS models make 440 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque, while Turbo and Turbo Executive make 520 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. Finally, Turbo S and its Executive (long wheelbase) counterpart generate as much as 570 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque.
Don’t think that we have forgotten to mention Panamera S E-Hybrid which combines 3.0L V-6 internal combustion engine with electric motor for a total output of 416 hp and 435 lb-ft of torque. Furthermore, it gets 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission unlike the conventional lineup which offers 7-speed PDK gearbox. Finally, there’s Exclusive Series model produced in 100 copies only, which basically mimics top range models’ performance, but offers even more refined interior.
2016 Porsche Panamera Release Date
This car remains unchanged and offers pretty much what any other Porsche does; long nose, singular headlamps upon flared wheel arches and low bumper. Rear end is something which can’t be seen in other Porsche’s models since Panamera’s hunchback is simply unique. If you decide to go for this version you can be sure that you will be getting top of the line sedan with great performances that we are used to get from this German carmaker and top of the line luxury. Expect to see it delivered to the market during the fall of this year when we will test it.
Like it is the case with any Porsche, 2016 Porsche Panamera is lavishly decorated, luxury car. Unlike its coupe cousins, sedan offers lots of space as well. We’ll now say a few words about mentioned Exclusive Series which offers Poltrona Frau leather perforated seats in agatha chestnut brown coupled with premium black leather and, either same color or contrasting stitching. Dark walnut accents with blended paintwork in piano black further enhance the cabin and stretch across both rows of seats. Again, both rows get their own middle tunnel with separate controls while rear passengers get two separate 10.1-inch touch screens with integrated DVD drive, Bluetooth headsets and WLAN router.
Fuel economy is rather low, even for luxury sedan. Best figures come from hybrid models which stand at 25 mpg combined. Otherwise, base engine returns 18/28 mpg, S models return 17/27 mpg, and Executive models return 17/26 mpg. GTS comes away with 16/24 mpg, while all Turbo models are rated at 15/24 mpg. Prices range from $78,100 for entry-level models to $200,500 for Turbo S Executive models. With these prices it is obvious that this is vehicle for only those that have really deep pockets.
The 2016 Porsche Panamera represents luxury sedan in Porsche’s lineup. Unlike well-known coupes and roadsters, this sedan boasts plenty of space and meticulous attention to interior detail which makes it as desirable as it is. If you are on the market and you are looking for exclusive high performance luxury sedan then this is the vehicle to try.