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Hello, Goodbye: Next-generation Porsche Panamera Unveiled

Mason Bloom

Porsche’s unveiling of the new, third-generation Panamera says hello to a new appearance and engineering and goodbye to the Sport Turismo wagon models.

The new sedan’s online debut saw the release of a redesigned Panamera and Panamera 4, as well as the current flagship Turbo E-Hybrid. No Sport Turismo models were present as poor sales and a only marginal increase in practicality over its sedan counterpart forced the automaker to cease production.

Upon first glance, the Panamera’s most significant change is its appearance. A new front end utilizes enlarged intakes and a sharpened profile but otherwise maintains the original slick styling of the previous generation. Center-lock wheels, a first for four-door Porsches, and a full-length lightbar punctuate the rear end.

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Major design changes made to the front end adopt a far more distinct look. Image: Porsche.

New looks come alongside new performance and technology. The base Panamera and Panamera 4 were presented with a twin-turbocharged, 2.9-liter V6 pumping out 348 horsepower and 368 lbs/ft of torque, a jump of 23 and 37 respectively to past counterparts. More power adds up to a 5.0- and 4.7-second 0-to-60 miles per hour acceleration.

Panamera’s top-of-the-line, a hybrid-powered Turbo, boasts a more masculine 670 horsepower output from its 4.0-liter V8. Within the V8 are reworked pistons and a redesigned valvetrain and more pressure from a direct-injection system. Its two turbochargers are now single-scroll with superior electronic wastegates.

Serious Porsche aficionados will notice the Turbo E-Hybrid’s 670 horsepower is down from the previous generation’s flagship 680. Porsche noted the model lineup will be expanded to offer more than just the current base, 4, and Turbo E-Hybrid models; the new top dog will be a hybridized Turbo S pushing some 700 horses. New versions will debut around the timeframe for when other new models hit the dealership floor. This will include four hybrids, all with a larger 25.9-kWh battery (up from 17.9).

Each new Panamera will also feature a newly engineered eight-speed PDK transmission. Taking advantage of that is a redesigned gearbox optimizing the hybrid models’ 187-horsepower electric motor. By placing the electric motor within the gearbox casing, previous limitations on the motor’s size have been eliminated.

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Center-lock wheels, shown, were previously only found on Porsche’s top-level sports cars. Image: Porsche.

Expect a smoother-riding Panamera even on the curviest of roads. All including entry models now ride on two-chamber air springs with adaptive dampers instead of traditional coils. Optional rear-wheel steering only accentuates maneuverability, as does the optional E-Hybrid model’s Porsche Active Ride system. Porsche Active Ride uses a motor pump at each corner of the vehicle to pump fluid in and out of the damper for a level ride.

Three suspension modes — Hybrid, Sport, and Sport Plus — all offer a different driving experience. Hybrid, paired with Porsche Active Suspension, has a setting to heavily reduce pitch (forward and backward movement) and roll (lateral movement) under acceleration, braking, and cornering. The Panamera can even lean into corners gently as if it were a motorcycle. But this feature is not available in Sport and Sport Plus modes. These two still minimize how much pitch and roll are corrected but to a lessened degree to provide a more natural, athletic feel.

Drivers are greeted in the cabin with a familiar look. The “driver-centered” cabin is similar to the electric Taycan with a curved, 12.6-inch electric gauge cluster display and two 10.9-inch infotainment screens. The new Panamera further follows the Taycan’s lead with the gear selector positioned in between the gauge cluster and center screen.

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More technology than ever has been incorporated into the Panamera’s cabin. Image: Porsche.

Details regarding pricing and future Panamera models are scarce. Porsche did confirm a $101,550 starting price for the base and $108,550 for the 4, but nothing regarding the Turbo E-Hybrid. Buyers can order and configure models on Porsche’s website with deliveries beginning spring of 2024.

Article Last Updated: December 4, 2023.

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