This family car seats five, boasts generous cargo space, and will top out at an incredible 196 mph if the highway is long enough sans speed limits - think the German autobahn! For 2021, Porsche replaced the Panamera Turbo with the Turbo S variant with new design cues like the LED light strip between the taillights alongside some minor interior tweaks.
Current Panamera Lineup
Porsche update the Panamera lineup for 2021 so it is a pretty refreshed lineup. The Panamera is offered in 21 different variants so there is no lack of options for a buyer. The biggest changes in 2021 came in the form of the top of the line Turbo S. Instead of being a Turbo S E-Hybrid, the hybrid part of the powertrain has been dropped due to weight. While the combined 671 BHP was impressive, the nearly 700 extra pounds it added to the total weight of the car barely made it faster than the midrange GTS. The new Turbo S for 2021 got 621 BHP twin-turbo V8, 50 BHP less than the previous flagship model. With a little reconfiguring and removing some additional weight that was used to hold or support the hybrid powertrain, it has been brought in line with such cars as the Mercedes-AMG GT63 S, and even beats that car to 60 MPH by 0.1 seconds. For 2022 there are a few changes. A new Platinum Edition package is now available on 2022 Panamera, Panamera 4S, and Panamera 4 E-Hybrid models. The appearance package includes black exterior trim, unique 21-inch wheels with a satin platinum finish, and smoked headlamp lenses. Inside, Panamera's equipped with the package sport Platinum Edition badging on the aluminum door sill protectors. The Panamera also gains the Porsche's updated infotainment system—PCM 6.0—which makes Android Auto a standard feature and also offers wireless Apple CarPlay connectivity and built-in interfaces for both Apple Music and Apple Podcasts.
1st Gen Porsche Panamera Models
The first Panamera variants out of the gate were the 2010 model year Panamera S, 4S, and Turbo models. The S and 4S got a 4.8 L naturally aspirated V8 while the Turbo got a twin-turbo version of the same engine. Shortly afterwards we saw Porsche add the base-level Panamera and Panamera 4 variants to the lineup, both powered by a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated V-6. In 2011, Porsche introduced the Panamera S Hybrid, GTS, Turbo S, and diesel models. The first generation Porsche Panamera GTS was a sharper-driving 4S that hit the sweet spot with its fettled 4.8-liter, naturally aspirated V-8 good for 424 hp. The diesel got a turbodiesel V-6 spun with 247 hp and 406 lb-ft, while the S Hybrid got a supercharged V-6 plus electric motors, which combined 375 hp and 428 lb-ft. Model-wise it was more of the same for the 2014 Panamera update (known as the 970.2 generation). Technical changes included the addition of a new 3.0L twin-turbocharged Panamera S and a new E-Hybrid model. A long wheelbase "Executive" edition which gave buyers an additional 150 mm was available for selected left-hand drive markets. The design was also refreshed across the board.
2nd Gen Porsche Panamera Models
All the usual variants made an appearance for the second generation Panamera. The Panamera 4S, 4S Diesel and flagship Panamera Turbo were available from launch. In March 2017, Porsche unveiled the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid for the 2018 model year. It got the 4.0 L V8 engine from the Panamera Turbo, paired with an electric motor, combining for 671 bhp, becoming the official top dog in Panamera pecking order. The Panamera Sport Turismo debuted in March 2017 at the Geneva Motor Show and is instantly popular, being offered in a few models. The Panamera lineup also has several variants available in the longer wheelbase Executive body.
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