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The Panamera has finally evolved, and is a welcomed improvement over the previous generation

The Panamera has been around since 2009, when it arrived as Porsche’s first four-door sedan. Much like the Cayenne SUV, the Panamera was developed to help the brand expand into new segments, attract a new category of buyers, and finance the costly development of range-topping supercars such as the 918 Spyder. For the 2017 model year, Porsche is ushering in a new generation for the Panamera, complete with a new exterior design, new interior design, a new engine lineup, and plenty of little goodies like LED headlights, safety assistance systems, an innovative chassis system, a 21-speaker Burmester 3D sound system, and plenty of available equipment and personalization options. Porsche has unveiled two models today – the Panamera 4S with a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V-6 that delivers 440 horsepower and the Panamera Turbo that uses a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that delivers 550 horsepower.

According to Porsche, the Panamera is “proof on four wheels” that sportiness and comfort can come in the same package. Dr. Gernot Döllner, the Head of the Panamera Model Range, said, "This diversity is what makes the vehicle unique, and that is what guided us with the new Panamera as well. Nevertheless, we took many courageous steps and developed not only the new body, new powertrain and new chassis but also a completely new overall vehicle. Through all the changes, however, the Panamera remains faithful to its original conceptions."

And, that is what Porsche says the Panamera is all about – Courage. It took courage to change, and change is what the Panamera did. A new look, new engines, and new approach should all make the Panamera even more marketable for the 2017 model year. We’ve seen the spy shots, and the leaked photos, but now we’re finally getting to look at the official release images. With that said, let’s take a closer look at the new Panamera.

Updated 07/19/2016: Porsche dropped details on its new "Connect" system that will be offered as standard equipment on the new generation Panamera. Check the "Interior" section for the full details on it.

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Watch a BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG E63 S, and a Porsche Panamera Turbo S Duke it Out!

Watch a BMW M5, Mercedes-AMG E63 S, and a Porsche Panamera Turbo S Duke it Out!

What better sight than watching three Germans in a conventional drag race! In this video, we see Matt Prior of Autocar, give a brief about all the three vehicles – the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, the Mercedes AMG E63 S, and the BMW M5. Undoubtedly, these are competent vehicles individually, but where do they stand when pitted against each other?

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The Porsche Panamera is Loose in the Caboose; Recall and Stop-Sale Initiated

The Porsche Panamera is Loose in the Caboose; Recall and Stop-Sale Initiated

It doesn’t seem to sit pretty

Porsche is known to produce, perhaps, the most reliable cars in the industry today. However, they have been haunted by recalls in the past, and there’s another one yet again; this time affecting certain Panamera models. Porsche has issued a recall for the same and has stopped the sale of the new Panamera models until further notice.

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Video of the Day: Porsche Panamera Turbo S vs Mercedes-AMG E63S

Video of the Day: Porsche Panamera Turbo S vs Mercedes-AMG E63S

It’s always fun to watch cars like this lineup and shoot it out. Who do you think will win?

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2018 Porsche Panamera by Techart

2018 Porsche Panamera by Techart

German tuner is elevating the Panamera to new heights

TechArt’s work on the Porsche Panamera extends all the way from the saloon’s introduction in 2009. We’ve seen the German tuner introduce different versions of its GrandGT tuning kit in the past eight years. At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, TechArt is keeping the tradition alive with its latest and punchiest Panamera program to date. The kit is called the GrandGT Supreme, and as its name suggests, the program is a more sophisticated version of the standard GrandGT, one that features a more aggressive body kit, a more opulent interior, and enough power to justify its cutting-edge looks.

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Porsche Used to Transport $14 Million in Gold - Now That's Rich!

Porsche Used to Transport $14 Million in Gold - Now That’s Rich!

It’s a lot more difficult than you think

It’s not exactly the plot for Fast & Furious 9, but it might as well be. A convoy of three Porsche Panameras was given an unusual task by Baird & Co. that’s normally done by armored trucks. Britain’s leading bullion merchants and gold refiners needed to organize a massive shipment of 24 gold bars with a combined value of $13.8 million from its refinery to its new London showroom in Hatton Garden, a distance of 12 miles. Instead of hiring a security company as most companies do, Bard & Co. hired Porsche to get the job done.

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Video of the Day: Watch the Kia Stinger Level With the Panamara; Kick BMW's Ass

Video of the Day: Watch the Kia Stinger Level With the Panamara; Kick BMW’s Ass

It really has to suck for BMW to get beat out so badly by a Korean economy brand.

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2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo

High-performance wagons aren’t extinct just yet!

If there’s one thing I don’t like about today’s hybrid car market, it’s the lack of station wagons. Seriously, you have plenty of options for every configuration, including supercars, but station wagons are pretty much restricted to a handful of models like the Toyota Auris wagon and the Volvo V90 T8. And you can’t even get the Toyota in the U.S. Fortunately, this just changed with the arrival of the arrival of the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. Sure, it’s not exactly affordable, but it’s a breath of fresh air if you’re in the market for a fast yet efficient vehicle with a little more room in the trunk than a standard sedan.

As you might have already guessed from the name, this Sport Turismo is essentially the wagon version of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid that Porsche introduced at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. It has the same sporty design, but with a shooting brake roof, and the same powerful drivetrain that combines the company’s massive V-8 with an electric motor, and a battery. It’s the most powerful hybrid you can buy right now (that’s not a supercar, that is!) and it has no rival, especially in the station wagon niche. Let’s find out what makes it so attractive.

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2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo Unveiled

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo Unveiled

Stuttgart goes big with the range-topper Panamera wagon

Porsche first introduced the Panamera in 2009 at the Shanghai Auto Show, and since then, we’ve seen a plethora of models and updates. The second generation arrived just last year, and now, there’s a new flagship iteration dubbed the Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. Put all those names together, and what you’re left with is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 mated with an electric motor, offering both rip-snortin’ performance and plug-in hybrid eco friendliness, as the mood may strike you. The electric motor makes 136 horses all by itself, while the V-8 makes 550 horsepower. Working in concert, they produce 680 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque, essentially making this new Panamera one of the most powerful Porsches ever.

Outside, you’ll find active aero like an adjustable roof spoiler, as well as 21-inch wheels. Handling stuff includes the option for rear-axle steering, plus standard spec like Porsche’s branded ceramic brakes, dynamic chassis control, and torque vectoring. Keeping it shiny side up is a three-chamber air suspension system. Meanwhile, the power makes its way to the pavement by way of an eight-speed PDK transmission, as well as an active AWD system. Important numbers look like 3.2 seconds for the 0-to-60 mph run, 11.6 seconds in the quarter mile, and a top speed of 192 mph. Fuel mileage and range will be announced closer to launch. Pricing is set at $188,400. Look for it in dealers next spring, and read on for further details.

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2018 Porsche Panamera Stingray GTR by TopCar

2018 Porsche Panamera Stingray GTR by TopCar

Russian tuner is back with a fresh take on the second-generation Porsche Panamera

It’s been a while since we last saw a prominent aftermarket company develop a program for the Porsche Panamera. In fact, ever since the Porsche unveiled the second-generation Panamera this time last year, the tuning world has been surprisingly quiet on this front. Well, consider this one of the first tastes of a heavily modified, second-generation Porsche Panamera. And to the shock of no one, it comes from TopCar, one of the most prominent Porsche tuners in the business.

The Russian tuner has worked on Porsche models longer than most tuners have been around. It’s responsible for the Stinger program for the 911, the Vantage program for the Cayenne, and a host of other works for other Porsche models, including the Macan, the Boxster, and the Cayman. Now, TopCar is setting its sights on a next-generation program for the next-generation Panamera. The kit is what you’d expect from TopCar. It’s got extensive aerodynamics that borders on over-the-top. It’s got a lavish interior offering that includes all the premium materials a customer can think of, including 24-karat gold. And it’s got a significant engine upgrade. In other words, it’s a TopCar tuning kit for the Panamera that owners of the luxury saloon will have a hard time saying no to, provided that TopCar’s tuning methods are in sync with what they’re looking for.

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2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

The Panamera Sport Turismo is set to hit the U.S. Market by the end of 2017

It’s been four years since we first saw the Panamera Sport Turismo Concept at the Paris Motor Show. Since then, the next-gen Panamera sedan has made its appearance, and more recently we got to lay eyes on the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. We’ve received a few rounds of spy shots that showed the Panamera Shooting Brake being put through the paces, and just before it’s official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Porsche has decided to spill the beans about the newest member of the Panamera Family. Sporting the same front end as its sedan sibling and a whole new design out back that’s similar to that of the Sport Turismo Concept, the Panamera Shooting brake will also be available with the same four engines offered in the sedan, and somehow manages to maintain the same performance figures despite being slightly longer.

It gets an active spoiler out back that helps add downforce to the rear axle at track speeds, and can be had with a 2+2 or a 4+1 seating layout, the latter of which throws a jump seat of sorts between the individual seats in the rear. That makes this shooting brake model the first to offer seating for five when properly equipped. So far, Porsche as released a fair amount of information regarding its newest wagon (am I the only one who’s not sure the standard Panamera is even really a sedan?) and it’s enough to cover most of the juicy bits. We’ll surely learn more at its official debut and later on when it officially launches here in the U.S., but until then, let’s dive on in a take a good look at the new Panamera Shooting Brake… uhem…. Panamera Sport Turismo.

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Porsche Finally Gives Us A Panamera Wagon With The New Sport Turismo

Porsche Finally Gives Us A Panamera Wagon With The New Sport Turismo

New body style brings more practicality, plus all the speed you’d expect

Hot on the heels of the release of the outrageously powerful Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, Porsche is giving us another new Panamera to pick over. This one’s called the Sport Turismo, and it adds to the lineup with a fresh wagon body style (believe it or not, the old Panamera is called a “sedan”). The Sport Turismo will be offered in four trim levels, including the 4, 4S, 4 E-Hybrid, and the Turbo, with the top-spec model laying down 550 horsepower. Not only that, but up to five passengers and an impressive amount of stuff can go along for the ride.

Inside, you’ll find lots of luxury, with leather upholstery and wood trim throughout. There’s also lots of technology, including features like the Porsche Advanced Cockpit, Porsche InnoDrive, Porsche Communication Management, and adaptive cruise control.

Meanwhile, to help it turn, the wagon gets stuff like Rear Axle Steering, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport, and electronic roll stabilization. Adaptive air suspension is standard, while wheel sizing is up to 21 inches in diameter.

Out on top of that newly restyled rear end is an extendable, adaptive spoiler, offering three settings for variable levels of rear downforce, making up to 110 pounds to push on the rear axle.

Straight-line performance is similar to the sedan, with the top-spec Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo laying down a 3.4-second 0-to-60 mph time thanks to its 550-horsepower twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8.

And since wagons are known for offering a decent amount of cargo space, I should also point out that the Sport Turismo gets up to 18.4 cubic feet of rear storage with the rear seats up, and 49 cubic feet with the seats folded down.

The 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo will make its worldwide debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next week, with U.S. deliveries expected by the end of the year. Pricing starts at $96,200 for the base-model 4, and tops out at $154,000 for the Turbo.

Personally, I think it definitely looks like an improvement compared to the old model. What do you guys think? Does the wagon style work for you as well? Let us know in the comments.

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2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Think of it as a more comfortable, more attainable four-door 918 Spyder…

Porsche first unveiled the Panamera in 2009, dropping the cover on its four-door’d 911 lookalike at the 13th Auto Shanghai International Automobile Show in China. Drawing its name from the Carrera Panamericana open-road rally from the ‘50s, the Panamera was a clear break from the brand’s sports coupe history. However, like the Cayenne SUV that came before it, the Panamera quickly established itself as one of Porsche’s staple model lines, selling well across several markets, especially in the U.S. To help broaden the sedan’s appeal even further, Porsche introduced the Panamera plug-in hybrid in 2013, followed by a second-gen release in 2016. Now, Stuttgart has introduced another electrified variant called the Turbo S E-Hybrid, and rather than just providing green sensibilities, the hybrid bits make it faster. In fact, with a twin-turbo V-8 and electric motor under the hood, the Turbo S E-Hybrid is the most powerful model to wear a Porsche badge at the moment, save for the 918 Spyder. Pair all that go with four-door comfort, oodles of cabin luxury, and even a long-wheelbase variant, and this thing looks to create a whole new niche all for itself.

And why not? We’re long past the era when hybrid tech was reserved solely for Prius wannabes, and electrified powertrains are now commonplace in both sports cars and in racing. For example, Audi, another VW product, was the first to take top honors at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a hybrid with its R18 E-Tron diesel in 2012. Now Porsche has adopted similar technology for the Panamera, even pulling influences from the uber-fast 918 for inspiration.

Porsche says “the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is another compelling demonstration of the performance advantages of hybrid technology, “ and that it seeks to combine “performance, comfort and efficiency [in] a perfect three-way combination.”

Basically, Porsche is making its surprisingly fast Panamera even faster by adding a fat dose of electrification. And we like that, even if it still looks… well, like a Panamera.

The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid will premiere in the metal at the Geneva International Motor Show early this March, and will also be offered in a long-wheelbase Executive edition. The specs between the Euro-bound model and U.S.-bound model are identical, which leads us to ask – is this thing basically a four-door 918 Spyder?

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2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Unveiled

2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Unveiled

Adds a big battery for more of the fast

Porsche just unveiled the new head honcho of the Panamera stable, and it just so happens to be a hybrid, marking the very first time an electrified model has lead a Porsche line.

It’s called the Turbo S E-Hybrid, and it uses hybrid technology for moar power. As such, the new Panamera Hybrid replaces the old Panamera hybrid’s six-cylinder with the same boosted V-8 as the Panamera Turbo, yielding 4.0-liters of displacement, plus an electric motor. That means 550 horsepower from the dino juice, plus an extra 136 horsepower from the electric motor. And that means when you put your foot down you’ll enjoy a whopping 680 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque, figures only bested by the mighty 918 Spyder when it comes to production vehicles with a Porsche badge.

Not only that, but it also can go a full 50 km (31.1 miles) on battery power alone. Porsche adds that EPA estimates on fuel returns will be posted closer to market launch. But who cares?

Routing the output towards the blacktop is an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, as well as a high-performance AWD system. Performance figures include a 0-to-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds, while top speed is rated at 192 mph. Standard spec includes ceramic brakes, dynamic chassis control, 21-inch wheels, and the Sport Chrono Package.

Inside is a 12.3-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay support, and the latest iteration of the Porsche Communication Management system, plus there’s an app that’ll let you remotely control the battery charging and set the cabin temperature settings. There’s also a long-wheelbase Executive iteration planned, if you’re feeling saucy.

The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid will debut in the metal at the Geneva International Motor Show next month. Pricing starts at $184,400 for the standard model, while the Executive will start at $194,800.

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The Kia Stinger GT Might Be The Affordable Korean Panamera GTS You've Been Looking For

The Kia Stinger GT Might Be The Affordable Korean Panamera GTS You’ve Been Looking For

Apples to oranges? Maybe… or maybe not

In my mind, the most exciting thing to debut in Detroit this year has to be the Kia Stinger GT. Based on the brand’s GT Concept car that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 2011, as well as the GT4 Stinger concept that debuted in Detroit in 2014, the Stinger GT is a watershed moment for the South Korean automaker. Long story short, this is Kia’s new halo performance machine, and it arrives ready to tangle with some of the most popular European four-doors on the planet. That said, it might seem like a bit of a stretch to put this thing up against a $115K Porsche, right? I mean, have we gone completely loony?!

Woah there, Internet warrior. Put down the keyboard. There’s a method to our madness. While it’s true that any Porsche buyer worth his PDK wouldn’t step within 100 miles of Kia dealership, a gearhead with some 911 wallpaper on his phone making a third as much money a year just might. If there happens to be a few Stinger GT’s waiting for a test drive.

And why not? It’s got a similar body style, and if you get the base model Panamera, straight-line acceleration is roughly the same.

Still… seems like a bit of a stretch, no? Maybe… but maybe not. Continue reading to see what we’re on about.

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How High Can You Price Your Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive?

How High Can You Price Your Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive?

This thing can get really, really expensive!

The new Panamera Turbo Executive is a fantastic car in many respects. For starters, it’s the most comfortable Porsche yet thanks to the extra 5.9 inches added to the wheelbase. It’s also the brand’s quickest and most powerful sedan. The twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 under the hood cranks out a whopping 550 horsepower and 567 pound-feet of torque, enabling the sedan to hit 60 mph in 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 190 mph. But as exciting as they may sound, these figures come with a number that’s not exactly inspiring. I’m talking about the $160,000 sticker, which makes it more expensive than several full-size, luxury sedans out there.

Granted, it’s not the most expensive Porsche you can buy, but it can get there if you added too many of the company’s pricey options. How expensive can a Panamera Turbo Executive get? I just had a look at the car’s configurator in order to find out.

The expensive options kick in right from the first page, which allows you to customize the exterior. While Porsche offers 10 colors at no cost, if you want the special Carmine Red, Palladium, or Amethyst, you’ll need to spend another $3,300. The wheels aren’t cheap either. Opt for any 21-inch set and it will cost you at least $2,440 and up to $3,915 for the SportDesign wheels painted in exterior color. Other pricey options include the SportDesign package at $5,655 (or $6,075 if selected in black), tinted taillights at $835, and thermal & noise insulated glass at $1,240.

Once inside, you can spend another $530 on the two-tone upholstery, $2,750 on the Premium Package Plus, $4,060 for a massage function for both front and rear seats, and $3,170 on the larger rear center console. There’s also plenty of driver assist options to choose from and getting them all will cost you around $20,000. If you’re looking to spend even more, you can do it by getting a dark walnut steering wheel for $790, the Paldao Interior Package for $1,455 and illuminated door sills in either aluminum or carbon-fiber for $1,015 and $1,380, respectively. The audio section alone is packed with expensive options, including the rear seat entertainment system ($2,630) or the Burmester surround sound system ($5,935).

Finally, you can drop another $20,000 on performance upgrades such as the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport ($5,000), the ceramic-composite brakes ($8,960), the Sport Chrono Package ($2,530), and the sport exhaust system ($3,490 or $3,855 depending on the color).

All told, the Panamera Turbo Executive can cost more than $200,000 with the right options. I just managed to build a $234,465 sedan by adding $73,415 worth of extras to the $160K sticker and the $1,050 shipping and handling fee. Can you build a more expensive rig? Post you dream Panamera Turbo Executive in the comments box below.

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Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive Gets Red For The Holidays

Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive Gets Red For The Holidays

Would you drive one? I bet Santa would!

Powered by big engines with loads of horsepower and torque, and featuring extra legroom in the rear, cars like the Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive are insanely cool. Essentially, you can have fun in both the driver’s seat while flooring the gas pedal or resting comfortably and enjoying all the tech available in one of the rear seats. However, this German sedan comes with two downsides. The most obvious of them is the sticker. Priced from $160,000, the Panamera Turbo Executive costs more than the Mercedes-AMG S63 and it’s nearly as expensive as the S600 and Maybach S550 versions of the same sedan. The second one, in my opinion, is that almost all standard colors are either white, gray, silver, or black.

Granted, you can also opt for Sapphire Blue, Night Blue, and Mahogany (brown), but the first option is the only one that stands out as a bright, colorful hue. If you want something different, say a flashy shade or red, you’re pretty much forced to either pick one of the $3,300 optional colors or take it to Porsche Exclusive for an even higher sticker. Which brings me to the slightly bespoke Panamera Turbo Executive that Porsche Exclusive rolled out just in time for the holidays. It’s finished in Carmine Red, features the SportDesign package, and it’s drop dead gorgeous. By far the flashiest color available for the Panamera Turbo, Carmine Red gives the sedan a unique appearance that you can’t usually find on big sedans on the streets. For some reason, most people opt for either black and dark shades of gray or go with white or silver.

Maybe this is the exact reason why Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi don’t offer brighter colors for the large sedans, but whatever the case, it’s a big shame that these cars don’t hit the streets in flashier paints more often. The fact that this Porsche Exclusive machine also features blacked-out exterior elements only makes it that much more interesting. Not to mention that the predominantly black interior has red trim on the dashboard and door panels instead of wood and can be had with matching red seats.

I bet this is one of those cars that Santa would drive if all of his reindeer caught the flu all of a sudden.

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2017 Porsche Panamera Executive

2017 Porsche Panamera Executive

The long-wheelbase Panamera returns with revised styling and new engines

The second-generation Porsche Panamera was unveiled in June 2016 at a special event in Berlin, Germany. The overhauled sedan arrives with an evolutionary design based on the previous model, but gained several 911-like features for added sportiness and a slightly longer and wider body. Inside, it adopted a fresh design with larger screens for the infotainment system and instrument cluster, while the previous V-6 and V-8 engines were replaced with smaller, more efficient units. The hybrid model was also redesigned, while 2016 marked the return of the long-wheelbase Executive version.

The Panamera Executive made its first appearance for the 2014 model year, when the first-generation sedan received its mid-cycle facelift. Offered in various trims, it had a 5.9-inch longer wheelbase and some extra standard equipment on the inside. For 2015, it also spawned an Exclusive Series model with a two-tone paint, bespoke interior, a limited, 100-unit production run, and a highly expensive sticker. At the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche unveiled the second-generation Panamera Executive.

Much like the previous model, the new Executive brings a few extra goodies to the table, as well as the same 5.9 extra inches to the wheelbase, which translate into a more comfortable interior, especially for rear-seat passengers. The elongated sedan is available in four trim levels, including the Panamera 4, 4S, 4 E-Hybrid, and Turbo, all based on the regular models and powered by the same drivetrains. Find out what sets it apart from its predecessor in the review below.

Updated 11/21/2016: We added a series of images taken during the car’s official debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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Porsche Hints That its MSB Platform Could Underpin Panamera Coupe and Audi A9 Coupe

Porsche Hints That its MSB Platform Could Underpin Panamera Coupe and Audi A9 Coupe

The A9 could be a badge-engineered Panamera or it could be so much more...

Porsche nearly broke the internet when the second-gen Panamera made its long-awaited debut. Outside of fresh styling inside and out, it was also supported by Porsche’s new MSB platform. This platform will go on to provide the basic skeleton for the upcoming Panamera Wagon (currently dubbed “Sport Turismo”) and a Panamera Coupe that is set to arrive as a spiritual successor to the Porsche 928. But, that’s not all. The Panamera coupe should eventually spawn a Panamera Convertible that will also use the MSB platform. The Coupe and Convertible will be big sellers here in the U.S. since we love our fast, two-door and convertible models. The plot is still thickening, though, as Michael Steiner – a Member of the Executive Board of Research and Development for Porsche – told Car Advice that the MSB platform will be used in a model outside of Porsches lineup.

Speaking to Car Advice at the Paris Motor Show, Steiner didn’t release too many details at all, but when asked about the Audi A9, he did say “At least one additional brand from the Volkswagen Group will use this MSB platform for their models, so if you would like to know more about their plans, you could ask them.” He continued, “I don’t think it’s fair to talk too much about your brother.”

So, while it has yet to be officially confirmed, this subtle hint tells us that the A9 will likely use the same MSB platform found in the Panamera. It will obviously sit above the A8 and should be offered in Coupe and Sedan forms. Of course, he may not be talking about the Audi at all, considering Bentley is said to be working on a production variant of the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 Concept that will also use the MSB platform. That vehicle hasn’t been given the green light for production, but If it does, it will also share the MSB DNA with the A9 and Panamera Coupes.

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Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Brings Its High-Tech Features to Paris

Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Brings Its High-Tech Features to Paris

Powerful hybrid drivetrain and 911-inspired design

Unveiled earlier in September 2016, the brand-new Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid just made its official public debut at the Paris Motor Show. Based on the redesigned, second generation Panamera, Porsche’s new hybrid arrived in France with several new features, state-of-the-art technology, and a more powerful drivetrain.

Having already seen the standard Panamera earlier in 2016, the hybrid’s exterior design wasn’t a mystery, but the sedan has plenty of other features to brag out. It’s most important highlight is the new hybrid drivetrain that combines a twin-turbo, 2.9-liter V-6 gasoline engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery. The combo cranks out 462 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, a 52-horsepower and 81-pound-foot increase over the previous model. Thanks to the extra power, the Panamera E-Hybrid is also more than a half-second quicker from 0 to 60 mph, needing only 4.4 seconds to hit the benchmark, while top speed increased from 168 to 172 mph.

The new drivetrain also makes the Panamera E-Hybrid a better part-time electric car. The sedan can cover 30 miles on electricity alone, while reaching a top speed of 86 mph (up from 20 miles and 84 mph, respectively). The sedan also benefits from a new hybrid module with shorter response times and a larger battery with shorter charging times.

More goodies can be found inside the cabin. First up, the analog rev counter is flanked by two seven-inch screens with bespoke power meters for hybrid operation. The new display function is similar to that used in the Porsche 918 Spyder supercar and provides data such as the amount of electrical energy being used, as well as the amount recovered through the sedan’s regeneration systems. The 12.3-inch touchscreen in the center dashboard also provides access to various items of hybrid-specific information. For instance, there’s a boost assistant that shows the energy available for boosting and a hybrid assistant that emits various visual signals for regulating the electrical drive power.

Look for the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid in dealerships starting 2017.

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2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

More power, better EV range, and 911-inspired styling

The Porsche faithful had pitchforks and torches in hand when the Panamera debuted, but after a few model years they have come to realize that it is a necessary evil to keep awesome cars like the 911 GT3 and the 918 Spyder in production. Redesigned in 2016, the sedan now sports a revised exterior with 911-inspired cues, a redesigned interior with updated technologies, and more powerful engines. The second-generation also brought a new hybrid model, with a more powerful and efficient drivetrain, into showrooms.

Spied testing in 2015, the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid was unveiled ahead of the 2016 Paris Motor Show and will cross the pond to the U.S. in mid-2017. Once it arrives here, North American drivers will gain access to the fastest and most powerful luxury hybrid on the market and the sportiest looking Panamera to date. Essentially a four-door 911 with a V-6 and an electric motor under the hood, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has evolved to the point that it can give most Tesla Model S variants a run for their money.

The new Panamera hybrid essentially marks the beginning of a new era, one in which hybrid, efficient drivetrains, luxury features, and sporty designs can be had under the same roof. Keep reading to find out what makes Porsche’s new four-door hybrid special.

Updated 10/03/2016: We added a series of images taken during the car’s official debut at the 2016 Paris Auto Show.

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2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Unveiled

2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Unveiled

The green Porsche four-door goes quick

We’re still a few weeks away from the Paris Motor Show, but Porsche couldn’t wait to spill the beans on its new Panamera Hybrid. The model incorporates battery-powered technology similar to what’s used on the 918 Spyder hypercar, not to mention the 919 racer that took the checkered at Le Mans this year.

First, the eco stuff. By default, the Panamera starts in all-electric mode. Providing the all-electric muscle is a motor rated at 136 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. This time around, the hybrid’s battery got an energy boost, and is now rated at 14.1 kWh, versus the outgoing model’s 9.4 kWh. Keep it off the dino juice, and you’ll still be able to coax 31 miles from it.

Now for the fun stuff. Kick over the twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6, and you’ll get a peak output of 462 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, which is good enough to push the hybrid to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Top speed is rated at 172 mph.

Routing the muscle is an eight-speed PDK transmission, which feeds all four wheels as standard. Keeping the shiny side up is a standard three-chamber air suspension.

In the cabin, you’ll find two 7-inch displays behind the steering wheel, plus a 12.3-inch display mounted in the dash. The Sport Chrono Package is equipped as standard.

The 2018 Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid gets its official public debut at the Paris Motor Show next month. Pricing is currently unavailable, but expect it to hit North American dealers next summer.

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2018 Porsche Panamera

2018 Porsche Panamera

The Panamera has finally evolved, and is a welcomed improvement over the previous generation

The Panamera has been around since 2009, when it arrived as Porsche’s first four-door sedan. Much like the Cayenne SUV, the Panamera was developed to help the brand expand into new segments, attract a new category of buyers, and finance the costly development of range-topping supercars such as the 918 Spyder. For the 2017 model year, Porsche is ushering in a new generation for the Panamera, complete with a new exterior design, new interior design, a new engine lineup, and plenty of little goodies like LED headlights, safety assistance systems, an innovative chassis system, a 21-speaker Burmester 3D sound system, and plenty of available equipment and personalization options. Porsche has unveiled two models today – the Panamera 4S with a 2.9-liter, twin-turbo V-6 that delivers 440 horsepower and the Panamera Turbo that uses a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that delivers 550 horsepower.

According to Porsche, the Panamera is “proof on four wheels” that sportiness and comfort can come in the same package. Dr. Gernot Döllner, the Head of the Panamera Model Range, said, "This diversity is what makes the vehicle unique, and that is what guided us with the new Panamera as well. Nevertheless, we took many courageous steps and developed not only the new body, new powertrain and new chassis but also a completely new overall vehicle. Through all the changes, however, the Panamera remains faithful to its original conceptions."

And, that is what Porsche says the Panamera is all about – Courage. It took courage to change, and change is what the Panamera did. A new look, new engines, and new approach should all make the Panamera even more marketable for the 2017 model year. We’ve seen the spy shots, and the leaked photos, but now we’re finally getting to look at the official release images. With that said, let’s take a closer look at the new Panamera.

Updated 07/19/2016: Porsche dropped details on its new "Connect" system that will be offered as standard equipment on the new generation Panamera. Check the "Interior" section for the full details on it.

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Porsche Panamera - Online Configurator Goes Live

Porsche Panamera - Online Configurator Goes Live

Create the second-generation Porsche Panamera of your dreams

In June 2016, Porsche introduced one of the year’s most expected debuts — the second-generation Panamera. Redesigned from the ground up, the new sedan is not only packed with state-of-the-art technology, but also looks better than ever before and lapped the Nurburgring quicker than a bunch of iconic supercars. Having already established that the second-gen Panamera is as cool as they get, it is now time to have a closer at the official American configurator that Porsche just launched. In other words, if you’re planning on buying one, you can start building it right now!

As with all Porsche sports cars and crossover, the sedan too benefits from an array of options to help you customize your new ride. There are multiple exterior colors to choose from, a handful of upholstery trims, and all sorts of packages that enhance either comfort or sportiness. Only two trim levels are available as of this writing, but Porsche will likely introduce new models and several limited-edition versions once the sedan hits showrooms. For the moment, you can only configure the 4S and Turbo models.

Until the Germans unleash the full lineup of new Panameras, let’s have a closer look at what you can play with in the online configurator.

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The Porsche Panamera Is Finally The Hot Sedan It Deserves to Be

The Porsche Panamera Is Finally The Hot Sedan It Deserves to Be

911-inspired design and cool-looking retractable rear spoiler

When the Porsche Panamera was launched in 2009, it was received with a lot of praise for its excellent ddriving dynamics, which some described as close to that of the 911 with a comfortable ride, and large trunk. On the other hand, the German sedan also attracted some criticism. Some argued that the Panamera S lacked sportiness and was oriented toward comfort maybe a bit too much, while others slammed Porsche for making the Turbo model way too heavy. Most journalists were also very critical of the look, and I’m among those that considered the Panamera as the ugly duckling of the Porsche family. And, although the Germans fixed many of the sedan’s issues, we had to wait for more than six years for the Panamera to get the hot look it deserves.

This happened with the arrival of the second-generation model, which finally sports the aggressive and flamboyant design we’d expect from a vehicle with a Porsche badge on its nose. And all this without sacrificing the elegance of a luxury sedan.

We all know that Porsche redesigns are always evolutionary. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially when talking about the 911, which still takes it cues from the original coupe and enjoys a huge amount of success for doing just that. The Panamera is no exception from that rule, but Porsche paid a bit more attention and took things up a notch design-wise, injecting just enough "911ness" into its styling to give it the look it should have received from day one.

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Porsche Panamera To Get Range-Topping, 700-Horsepower Hybrid Version

Porsche Panamera To Get Range-Topping, 700-Horsepower Hybrid Version

Reported model would sit above the Porsche Panamera Turbo S

The Porsche Panamera has been one of Stuttgart’s most popular models ever since it made its debut in 2010. Now on its second-generation, the Panamera is reportedly getting an evolution of sorts, one that will feature the introduction of a hybrid version that would sit on top of the model range. Yes, it’s going to be faster and powerful than the Panamera Turbo S.

MotorTrend is reporting that Porsche is already developing a version of the Panamera that will utilize the same hybrid technology that the company used on the 918 Spyder hypercar. It still doesn’t have a name, but there’s already talk that it could come out with an output in the vicinity of 700 horsepower and 800 pound-feet of torque. Do the math and that adds up to a possible increase of 120 horses and somewhere around 200 pound-feet of torque over the Panamera Turbo S. Granted, the Turbo S has yet to be revealed, but given that the Turbo version already gets 550 horsepower 567 pound-feet of torque, the S version usually adds about 40 ponies and 50 pound-feet of twist to that number.

Whatever the case may be, the hybrid version of the Panamera – maybe we can start calling it the Panamera Turbo S Hybrid? – is expected to take the reigns from the Turbo S version as the range-topping model of the entire Panamera family. The design should also be something similar to the second-gen Panamera that was just unveiled a few days ago, although MotorTrend also added that it’s been described to them as a “918 with a back seat.”

Nothing is official until Porsche says it is, but something about a flagship Panamera hybrid infused with 918 Spyder technology sounds like something the German automaker would do. Besides, there are also rumors that Porsche is also bringing back the V-6-powered Panamera S Hybrid with the objective of making it the most fuel efficient version of the entire Panamera range. That would make two hybrid versions of the Panamera with dramatically different characteristics bookending the whole range. That sounds like a great plan to me.

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Don't Like The Porsche Panamera? You've Got Other Spicy Options To Consider

Don’t Like The Porsche Panamera? You’ve Got Other Spicy Options To Consider

Take a look at a couple German cars and one American that I think are better than the Panamera

So the new Porsche Panamera has finally been unveiled, and everybody from Porsche itself to official media outlets, are treating the car like it’s the best thing to come since the invention of toilet paper. In all reality, the car is pretty sweet in its own regard. It’s a fair evolution of the previous model, comes with a great sound system and that sweet retractable spoiler. Plus, who can argue with a 440-horsepower V-6 or a 550-horsepower V-8 or the fact that the car emerged dominate on the Nürburgring? Well, the fact’s may be there, but it doesn’t change the fact that the Panamera, in my opinion, looks like someone drove one Porsche 911 up the ass of another and called in a Panamera.

That might sound a little harsh, but take a look at the car as a whole. The rear end, minus a few little details here and there – like the overall shape of the fascia and the location of the exhaust outlets – looks like the rear end of a 911. So, I look at the Panamera like a four-door 911. I’m sure I’m not the only person out there that feels this way.

The new Panamera starts out at $99,900 for the 4S and $146,900 for the Turbo, which, for the “fastest luxury sedan on earth” doesn’t seem like a bad price. But, what if you’re like me and don’t want to spend your $100,000 or $150,000 on a car like the Panamera? There are certainly other options out there, and that’s what we’re going to talk about today.

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Cars That the Porsche Panamera Defeated At Nurburgring

Cars That the Porsche Panamera Defeated At Nurburgring

A long list of Lambos, Ferraris, and Chevys put to shame

Porsche just introduced the second-generation Panamera in June 2016, and even though the sedan made its debut outside a major auto show, it arrived with a bang thanks to its outstanding Nurburgring lap.

Setting benchmarks at the "Green Hell" has become quite the trend in the last decade, with nearly every mainstream automaker flexing their muscles on the German track with their latest high-performance vehicles. And while Radical’s 6:48-minute record continues to stand strong since 2009, the Top 20 list sees many changes throughout the calendar year as new models hit the market.

In recent years, Porsche has filed about 10 Nurburgring laps, mostly with various versions of the 911 and supercars such as the Carrera GT and 918 Spyder, all with impressive results. In 2016, the Germans submitted their second ’Ring lap for a vehicle that’s not a coupe and set the quickest time for a production sedan. Specifically, the new Panamera Turbo needed only 7:38 minutes to run the Nurburgring Nordschleife, smashing the nameplate’s previous record by no fewer than 18 seconds.

More impressively, the second-gen Panamera also lapped the "Green Hell" a second quicker than the Alfa Romeo Giulia QV, the previous record holder, and a number of respectable sports cars.

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Check Out The Tech In The New Porsche Panamera

Check Out The Tech In The New Porsche Panamera

Stuttgart’s second-gen sedan is packed with gadgets, but is it more of the same?

Porsche just dropped details on the 2018 Panamera, a four-door that supposedly combines the comfort and practicality of a luxury sedan with the speediness of a thoroughbred sports car. All opinions aside, that kind of combination requires a good deal of technology to make it work correctly, and of course, Porsche says the new Panamera brings the goods. But the question is – does it really?

When it comes to innovation in the pursuit of lap times, Porsche certainly knows what it’s doing. But the Panamera is supposed to be more than a track monster. It’s also supposed to be a mile-munching GT car with some semblance of practicality, which can make for a rather tricky balancing act. Throw in a price tag of $101,040 for the base-model Panamera 4S, and you’re left with one very pricey jack-of-all-trades.

So then – what’s the new Panamera bring to the table in terms of technology, both in the cabin, and under the hood? Read on to find out.

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Porsche Panamera Wagon – Practical Speed, Or Expensive Façade?

Porsche Panamera Wagon – Practical Speed, Or Expensive Façade?

New style, same problem

Full disclosure – I love wagons. Hell, I drive one in real life. You know, outside. Any time an automaker produces a wagon instead of another SUC, er I mean SUV, I’m usually one of the first to stand up and shake the ‘ole pompoms. Make the thing fast, and well, I couldn’t be happier. Which should make me a dead ringer for loving the Panamera Wagon, right? Not exactly. For some reason, the upcoming hatch from Stuttgart hasn’t sat right with me. For a while, I wasn’t sure why – yeah, it isn’t “pretty,” but I wouldn’t consider any modern Porsche “pretty,” at least not in the traditional sense. No, the problem here goes deeper. The problem I have isn’t really with the Panamera Wagon, or the way it looks… it’s with the people who would buy such a thing.

I understand the image you’re going for when you buy a Panamera five-door – first off, it’s a Porsche, so you know its fast, and with an MSRP that starts dangerously close to six-figures, it should be comfortable, too. Second, it’s a wagon, so it should be practical, with lots of space for people and things.

From track days to road trips, apexes to Home Depot runs, the Panamera Wagon should do it all. The problem is, it probably won’t.

Sure, the capability will be there, but the people who’ll buy this thing don’t really care about that. The selling point here is image, not reality. The idea that you could drive three hours to the racetrack, post a fast time, then pick up some lumber on the way home is far more important than actually, you know, doing it.

Still with me? Read on to see what I’m talking about.

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2019 Porsche Panamera Coupe

2019 Porsche Panamera Coupe

Is Porsche reviving the iconic 928?

The Porsche Panamera was introduced in 2009 as Porsche’s first-ever four-door sedan and the first non-SUV, front-engined car since 1995. Much like the Cayenne SUV, the Panamera shares styling cues with the iconic 911, which enables it to stay true to the brand’s heritage, despite being a significant departure from Porsche’s sports car roots. Initially criticized by purists for straying off the company’s path, the Panamera followed in the footsteps of the Cayenne and became a popular choice with luxury car enthusiasts. The sedan carried over unchanged until 2013 when it received a facelift that included minor design changes, a new twin-turbo engine and hybrid model, and a long-wheelbase version.

Ever since the Panamera hit the market there were rumors that Porsche is looking to expand the lineup with several body styles, including a shooting brake and a coupe. While the shooting brake has already been previewed by a concept car and spotted testing as a prototype, the Germans made no official statements about the two-door. Come 2016 and our trusty paparazzi caught an awkward Panamera test car on the move and we might finally have proof that Porsche is indeed looking to launch a large luxury coupe.

Details are still under wraps and some say that these awkward looking prototypes might be mules for the upcoming Continental GT, which will share underpinnings with the second-generation Panamera, but we think Porsche is pulling the trigger on a coupe that will essentially revive the 928. Keep reading to find out more about what it may bring to the table, and stay tuned for updates.

Updated 06/14/2016: Based on the recent spy shots, we decided to create a rendering for the upcoming Panamera Coupe. Let us know what do you think about it in the comments section below.

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Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake Will Make It To U.S. Shores

Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake Will Make It To U.S. Shores

So far you’ve seen our rendering and the spy shots of the upcoming Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake. Now, less than a month after the last round of spy shots, Automotive News has confirmed that the Panamera Shooting Brake will be coming to the U.S. Of course, this is despite the fact that we Americans don’t show as much interest in Wagons or Hatchbacks as those in other parts of the world.

In a press event at Automotive News, Klaus Zellmer – the CEO of Porsche Cars North America – said, “We have to have some patience for [the wagon] to arrive in the U.S. But, we are confident that this car will be well received here, despite the fact that this country doesn’t really like hatchbacks or wagons.” He didn’t give any specific timeline, but he did acknowledge that it won’t happen in 2017.

If you look back at the timetable for the Panamera Sedan, it debuted last September at the Paris Auto Show and went on sale in Europe shortly afterward. So, even though we don’t have a specific timetable, we know the second-generation Panamera Sedan should make it to the U.S. in 2017. That means that a 2018 debut for the shooting brake isn’t out of the question. For now, all we can do is wait for Porsche to bring the sedan and the shooting brake to the U.S. market. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait until 2019 for the Shooting Brake to cross the pond.

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Porsche's GT5 Trademark: What Could It Be?

Porsche’s GT5 Trademark: What Could It Be?

News that Porsche was given a trademark for the GT5 name in May 2015 gave birth to rumors that Weissach might be planning to launch a new high-performance model in the future. The big question here is what Porsche model will get the GT5 badge?

It’s quite the mystery, as the iconic 911 has had the GT3 name for more than a decade, and the Cayman has just received a GT4 version. Moreover, the Boxster, also rumored to get a GT variant, regained its Spyder iteration, which is pretty much a GT4 without a rear wing. Squeezing a Boxster GT4 into the current lineup would be next to impossible. This leaves us with only three existing models that have yet to spawn GT versions, none of which are sports cars. I’m obviously talking about the Panamera sedan and the Cayenne and Macan SUVs.

But do any of these performance family cars really need a GT5 version with a bigger focus on track performance? After all, the Panamera and the Cayenne are already available in GTS specification, while the Macan is likely to get one too.

Could Porsche use this new trademark for a brand-new nameplate or an upcoming four-cylinder version of an already existing car? Obviously, there’s more than just one scenario here. We decided to have a closer look at them and decide which might make better sense for the GT5 trademark. Also, each of the speculative models below come with their very own rendering courtesy of our talented artist.

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2018 Porsche Panamera Caught On The Road: Video

2018 Porsche Panamera Caught On The Road: Video

Although it isn’t due to arrive Stateside until 2017, the next-generation Porsche Panamera keeps losing camouflage with each public appearance. We made contact with some of the sedan’s new exterior features in January 2015, when the Panamera traveled to Sweden for some cold winter testing, and now we stumbled across a new video showing the car with far less camouflage stuck to its body.

Unfortunately, the footage showing a black Panamera passing quite fast in front of the camera is not too revealing. But while small details may be hard to distinguish, the short clip does confirm that the next-gen sedan is both sportier and more elegant than its predecessor. A closer look also reveals beefier wheel arches, a reshaped C-pillar, and what appears to be a longer rear door.

What you can’t see in the video but we already know for a fact is that the second-gen Panamera rides on Volkswagen’s MSB platform, which enabled Porsche engineers to make the new sedan about 200 pounds lighter than the outgoing model. Under the hood, look for an array of six-cylinder engines, a newly developed, twin-turbo V-8, and an updated hybrid drivetrain. What’s still a mystery is whether the Panamera GTS will continue with a naturally aspirated mill or not.

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Porsche Trademarks GT5 Name

Porsche Trademarks GT5 Name

Porsche as thus far refused to comment on it, but we now know that the German sports car maker has been given a trademark for the GT5 name. And since there is no official word, that means we get to engage in our favorite gearhead hobby: wild speculation. This seems like it should be a pretty straightforward thing to figure out. Porsche said recently that there will be no GT version of the Panamera, or of any SUV. Moreover, Porsche has a strict brand hierarchy, and since the Boxster slots in under the Cayman and 911, a Boxster GT5 should slot in below the Cayman GT4 and 911 GT3 in the exact same way.

But it might not be that simple. The GT4 and GT3 aren’t arbitrary names; they correspond with FIA classifications for GT racing. There is no FIA GT5, so the moniker won’t correspond with anything, and therefore won’t be locked to any specific sort of car. So even though we’ve been told there won’t be a Panamera GT, there is still the possibility of a Pajun GT5. Or even, unusual as the naming structure would be for Porsche, a 918 GT5.

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Porsche Works On Improved Cornering Cruise Control

Porsche Works On Improved Cornering Cruise Control

Most autonomous automotive technologies offer convenience and safety, but none really have what it takes to provide a heady dose of adrenaline. Porsche is looking to change that with an adaptive cruise control system that can corner with lateral acceleration forces of up to 0.7 g, and surprisingly, it’s all in the name of greater efficiency.

It’s called the InnoDrive system, and Car And Driver says it’ll reach consumers within the next five years. Porsche is currently developing it on twisty two-lanes in Germany, and it uses data on the road elevation gradient and corner radius (stored in the car’s navigation system) to accurately execute throttle and brake input for Stig-perfect turns. While the computer takes care of the stop and go, all the driver has to do is steer. Passengers can select three different lateral limits, up to a top setting of 0.7 g.

How does hard cornering translate into greater efficiency? Carrying more speed in a turn not only equates to less time on the road, but less time braking and accelerating as well. What’s more, the system is able to keep the engine running at just the right rpm for max bang for your buck when it comes to fuel economy. All told, Porsche says InnoDrive can decrease fuel consumption by 10 percent, while decreasing drive time by two percent.

Higher speeds and more money saved at the pump? Yes please.

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Porsche Plans Electric Competitor For BMW 5 Series

Porsche Plans Electric Competitor For BMW 5 Series

Porsche is currently working on a new four-door that will offer both hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell drivetrain options. The car will incorporate a revised structure based on the future eMSB architecture, which will also be used for upcoming Bentley models and the new Panamera. It’s known internally as the Pajun, or “Panamera Junior,” and is slated to compete with the BMW 5 Series at the upper end of the mid-size sedan market. Speculation places its arrival sometime between late 2017 and early 2018.

The news was revealed by a series of patents filed in Germany, China, and the U.S., as analyzed by the UK-based publication Autocar. Ulrich Hackenberg, who’s responsible for technical development at Volkswagen Group, also dropped tantalizing hints at a press conference prior to Volkswagen’s annual conference in March. 

Exact specifications are sparse, but it’s believed the new electric Porsche will bring with it at least 420 horsepower and a 265-mile range, making it a direct competitor to Tesla. It’s also speculated that the battery-powered version will be called the 718, while the fuel-cell model will be designated the 818.

Autocar says an examination of the patents reveal that Porsche has re-engineered the MSB platform to incorporate the new drivetrain into the rear of the structure itself, improving rigidity and rear-impact crash-worthiness. It’s similar to the design used in the 2016 Audi R8 e-tron, and would retain an independent rear suspension and utilize a single electric motor for each rear drive wheel, offering torque vectoring for improved cornering abilities. The package will be mounted low, which also means the car should have some space for storage in the back. 

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2016 Porsche Panamera Edition

2016 Porsche Panamera Edition

Though it didn’t receive the warmest of welcomes from Porsche faithful when it debuted in 2010, the Panamera has become an accepted cog in the carmaker’s wheel. Between it and Porsche’s SUVs, the German brand makes the money it needs to fund awesome rigs like the 918 and the 911 GT3. For the 2016 model year, Porsche has added a new version of the Panamera that it has dubbed the “Edition.” Despite its weird name, the Panamera Edition adds a lot of value at a price that is only slightly north of the base model’s MSRP.

With tons of standard features and only a slight price hike, this is likely to be a hot seller in the next year. However, while this all looks great compared to the base Panamera, does this new Edition trim match up well against the likes of the BMW 740i or the Audi A8?

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Porsche Offers New Options For Cayenne, Macan And Panamera

Porsche Offers New Options For Cayenne, Macan And Panamera

Porsche models are arguably some of the most factory-customizable vehicles on the market, but that didn’t stop the Germans from introducing a range of new options for the Panamera sedan and the Cayenne and Macan crossovers. The new features are offered via Porsche Exclusive, the division responsible for a wide array of bespoke models ranging from the Boxster to the Cayenne, and the list includes enhancements for both the exterior and the cabin, as well as a new exhaust system.

The biggest news here is the availability of the Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment system for all Panamera models. The feature that debuted in the Panamera Turbo S Exclusive Series, a limited-edition, U.S.-spec sedan built in only 100 units, adds two high-resolution 10.1-inch color touchscreen displays in the front-seat backrests. An integrated DVD player, two USB ports, an SD card slot and an HDMI port provide connection to a wide range of devices, while an integrated camera allows video telephony. The entertainment system also features internet connectivity and mobile access. The system will retail from €3,082.10 (around $3,234 as of 03/13/2015) in Germany.

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Spy Shots: Porsche Panamera Goes Winter Testing

Spy Shots: Porsche Panamera Goes Winter Testing

With winter having taken over northern Europe for a few months now, several manufacturers have already traveled to freezing Sweden for cold weather testing. It turns out Porsche is one of them, as the German automaker shipped the upcoming 2018 Panamera to Scandinavia for some proper snow flogging. The new sports sedan comes to replace the first-gen Panamera, a four-door that’s seven years old. Porsche has been working on it for more than two years now, with the first prototypes showing up on public roads in early 2014. The second-gen Panamera, which is set to arrive for the 2016 model year, is in for significant changes inside and out, as well as under the hood.

Some alteration have been kept well hidden under the mule’s heavy camouflage, but this new test car tells another story as it’s being pushed to the limit through Sweden’s wintery landscape. Various body parts are now visible for the first time, revealing intriguing details never before seen on the Panamera. Keep reading to find out what this test car has to say about the upcoming second-generation sedan.

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Porsche Says it Won't Build a Tesla Model S Rival

Porsche Says it Won’t Build a Tesla Model S Rival

Reports floating around suggest Porsche is developing an all-electric Tesla Model S competitor with the next-generation Panamera sedan. However, now AutoCar is reporting Porsche R&D boss Wolfgang Hatz is dismissing those claims.

“We are a sports car firm, and that brings with it certain expectations,” he said. “A Tesla is a fine car, but you cannot drive it enthusiastically without losing range or performance too quickly. Until the technology offers a solution to those problems, we will not be looking at launching such a car.”

If this isn’t a simple diversion, it means the upcoming 2016 Panamera will not employ a fully electric powerplant as previously though, sticking to a hybrid system like it currently uses in the Panamera E-Hybrid. Of course, other powerplants will find their way into the new sedan like the gasoline V-6 and V-8. It’s also expected the Panamera will spawn several versions with different body styles, including a smaller version that will compete with the BMW 5 Series.

Despite the words from Hatz, Porsche has already been experimenting with electric power. A fleet of electric Boxters have been driving around since 2011 as part of a joint venture with the German authorities. Even so, Hatz held strong in saying the technology is too new for a production Porsche. “We are leading the way with plug-in technology, and our customers are happy with the benefits that it brings,” says Hatz. “For now, that is our focus.”

Regardless, Tesla’s Model S is doing fantastically well in sales. Performance also continues to grow, now with the new 2015 Model S P85D hitting the streets.

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Porsche Panamera Executive Exclusive Sold Out in 48 Hours

Porsche Panamera Executive Exclusive Sold Out in 48 Hours

The quote “If you build it, they will come” from the classic movie Field of Dreams sure seems to apply to Porsche’s special edition Panamera Executive Exclusive. The automaker sold all 100 examples just 48 hours after the books opened. It appears Porsche fans are willing to shell out the extra cash to drive an extra special model.

In talking with Autocar at the LA Auto Show, Porsche’s head of research and development, Wolfgang Hatz said, “I wish we’d offered more cars for sale; the response has been incredible.” He continued in saying, “We have learned from the project, and I’m sure we will do more in future.”

This may become a technique Porsche uses in the near future to sell more models, especially the now-aging Panamera, before its second generation moves in. While that won’t likely be until 2017, the German automaker now sees the hunger for such a limited production, Exclusive trim level for its vehicles.

The 2015 Panamera Turbo S Executive Exclusive comes with a staggering price tag of £180,000 ($281,451 as of 12/3/2014). It is based on the long-wheelbase version of the Panamera, adding an additional 5.9 inches to the cars length. It comes with a hand-finished, two-tone pant scheme with black base coat and a Chestnut Brown metallic accent behind the front wheels that fades as it moves rearward.

The interior is finished in matching Chestnut Brown leather imported from Italy. Rear seat passengers enjoy twin multimedia screens along with the added legroom.

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Next-Generation Porsche Panamera Will Get More Body Styles

Next-Generation Porsche Panamera Will Get More Body Styles

Both Mark and I have spent substantial time in the Porsche Panamera, and we both loved it. With spy shots circulating about what may be coming with a next-generation Panamera, the office has been abuzz with the possibilities. Well now we have even more fuel to add to the fire that says the new Panamera will be one of the best machines on the road. AutoExpress got some time with Porsche’s head of research and development to ask him about what is store for the big four-door and what they learned was pretty surprising.

The man is named Wolfgang Hatz, and his R&D department has apparently been working double time. He states on the record that the new car is all-new and built on an all-new platform. When speaking about what the plans are in regards to body styles he chips in with, “We have prepared it for a lot of derivatives, personally I like very much the Sport Turismo, I love this car. But there is a good chance for more derivatives.” If you are unfamiliar with the 2012 Sport Turismo, it is a concept version of a wagon Panamera.

It doesn’t stop there. In fact, there seems to be plans for almost every single derivative of model aside from a convertible. Hatz says, “the reason we have done this [new platform] is so all things are already included, could be coupe, could be convertible, could be Sport Turismo and now we have to decide which is the one that hits our needs.” Can you imagine the Porsche 928 finally returning as a Panamera coupe?

Whatever ends up happening it is pretty obvious that Porsche is planning on rapidly expanding its lineup of cars to fit into more segments. With as great as the Panamera is already, I can’t wait.

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2014 Los Angeles Auto Show - The Best, Worst and What We Missed

2014 Los Angeles Auto Show - The Best, Worst and What We Missed

The polished sheet metal is loaded on the trailers, the booths bear only scraps of promo materials, and the girls have all gone home to try to forget the awkward flirting they had to endure from endless stream automotive journalists. The 2014 LA Auto Show may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a moment to look back and remember some of the standout cars that made their appearance at one of the biggest automotive events in the world.

We have a few of the best, a few of the worst, and even a few surprises along the way. The best show great promise, representing vehicles we can’t wait to get our hands on. The worst left a sour taste in our mouth as we scratched our heads wondering why. Then there’s something unexpected, followed by a car we were hoping to see that never surfaced. Heed this warning: feelings could get hurt. But remember: it’s just our opinion.

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Video: Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe vs Porsche Panamera Turbo S

Video: Mercedes S63 AMG Coupe vs Porsche Panamera Turbo S

UK motoring publication Auto Express took two of Germany’s finest to the posh streets of Birmingham and the track to find out how the new Mercedes S63 AMG stacks up against Porsche’s Panamera Turbo S.

On looks alone, the Merc is clearly superior. Typically, AMG products can get a little out of hand, with large wheel arches and aero enhancements that would be better suited to a GT grid than prowling the streets of a commercial district. This time, however, the Mercedes tuning house really hit a homerun. The S63 AMG is low and wide, but not ostentatious like the SLS AMG Black. It successfully pulls off that very difficult mix of sleek sportiness and subdued refinement that leaves turned heads and jealousy in its wake. The Panamera, on other hand, just looks like a stretched out 911.

To judge the interior, Auto Express took to the highway for 150 miles of night driving in each vehicle. Inside the Porsche, everything certainly qualifies as upscale, with nice gauges and smooth, quiet performance from the drivetrain. The air suspension can be slightly harsh at times, but overall, that’s not a major issue. When switching to the Merc, however, the difference in the driver interface is immediately apparent. The screens and gauges promote a sense of high-tech glamor that isn’t intimidating, the NVH is nearly nonexistent, and there’s a pervasive feeling throughout the cabin that you are riding in something special.

Of course, looks and a comfortable ride can only get you so far in this crowd. When a comparison includes vehicles bearing the name “AMG” or “Turbo S," you can bet there will be some tire smoke involved somewhere along the line.

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Spy Shots: Next Generation Porsche Panamera Spied up Close

Spy Shots: Next Generation Porsche Panamera Spied up Close

The Porsche Panamera made its world debut at the 2009 Shanghai Motor Show, making it one of the youngest Porsche models in the fleet. But after initial resentment over the idea of a four-door Porsche, the public has warmed up to the Panamera, making it a huge sales success that Stuttgart saw coming from the very beginning. It’s already 2014 and five years after the Panamera first peeked out of its covers in Beijing, the four-door luxury saloon is still flexing its muscles.

Recently, our eagle-eyed spy photographers captured new images of the next-generation Panamera undergoing a fresh round of testing. Compared to the last spy shots we saw of the Panamera back in September 2014, these photos are closer to the subject, showing more of the car and and giving us a clearer look at what to expect when it hits dealerships in 2017.

Our trusted paparazzo also shared some new tidbits about the next-gen Panamera, particularly regarding Porsche’s future plan for the lineup. We know that the luxury saloon is coming, but from what we’re told, Porsche is also planning to build a Shooting Brake version that’s heavily based on the Panamera Sport Turismo Concept that Porsche unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

After that, a two-door coupe is also being considered as a possible successor to the 928, Porsche’s one-time flagship grand tourer that terrorized our streets from 1978 to 1995.

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2015 Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series

2015 Porsche Panamera Exclusive Series

Porsche has dropped the details on the special edition Panamera Exclusive Series that it plans to unveil at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The model is based on the equally opulent Panamera Turbo S Executive and will be limited to just 100 units. If the car’s name is any indication of what we can expect, the Panamera Exclusive Series will feature a laundry list of fancy upgrades on the saloon’s exterior and interior.

The German automaker thinks highly enough of the Panamera Exclusive Series that it’s even giving the car its own airtime at the LA Auto Show. You might not think it’s worthy of its own spot in LA now, but once you find out all the unique details Porsche Exclusive gave this particular Panamera, you’ll probably hunt it down in the City of Angels just to get a close-up look at it.

The Panamera Exclusive Series is only available as a left-hand-drive model. That’s too bad for our friends in the UK and all other right-hand-drive countries. Porsche has made no indication of how many models are earmarked for the U.S., but considering that it’s making its debut in Los Angeles, I’d be very surprised if the U.S. allocation is anything less than 20 to 30 models.

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Join Us For the TopSpeed Podcast Episode 034 LIVE

Join Us For the TopSpeed Podcast Episode 034 LIVE

Well that was our show! We hope you guys enjoyed tuning in and checking it out. We will be back next week for another car-filled podcast extravaganza. If you didn’t happen to catch the show live, you sure missed a lot, but thankfully you can press that play button and watch it back, or listen to the audio feed below.

We started out the show with Weekly Wheels where we talk about the cars we have been driving lately. We cover the new Acura TLX, the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid and the Range Rover LWB Autobiography. We have quite a lot to say about all of them, especially the fast one.

For news we had a ton of stuff to cover starting with the official announcement that the US version of the new Mazda Miata will indeed be powered by the 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine. After that we jump straight into the biggest news of the week, the spin-off of Ferrari from parent company Fiat. We also find time to talk about the new Audi A8, the newest version of the R8, a Fiat 500 that is going to SEMA, updates to the current GT-R and Subaru’s teased Forester STI. Oh, we also cover rumors about the upcoming BMW M2’s engine and our best look yet at the Ferrari LaFerrari XX.

We wrap up the show with our signature Own, Drive, Burn segment that sees us deciding between three of the most expensive and luxurious cars on the market; the Bentley Mulsanne Speed, the Rolls Royce Ghost and the new Aston Martin Lagonda.

We didn’t have a Questions and Answers segment this week because we didn’t have any questions from you guys. If you have a question that you want answered on next week’s show, just drop us a comment below. You can also ask us questions on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast, or reach us by email at Podcast@TopSpeed.com. As always if you want to chat with one of the three of us directly, you can reach us on Twitter. I am @Moeferd, Mark is @MarkMcNabb and Justin is @TheCarJunkie.

Have a safe and fun weekend, but please stay safe and we will see you all next week.

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Video: Porsche Panamera Presents Heavy Metal Orchestra

Video: Porsche Panamera Presents Heavy Metal Orchestra

1983 was a great year for the automotive industry. Sure, the market was living its final Malaise Era years, but 1983 saw the introduction of several iconic vehicles, including the Ford Ranger, Chevrolet Blazer, Land Rover Defender, BMW M6, Toyota AE86, and the second-generation Volkswagen Golf. 1983 is also the year when legendary, British heavy metal group Iron Maiden released its ninth single, called "The Trooper." The track has been the subject of much praise since its release, and it’s still regarded as one of Maiden’s best song to date. So what’s a heavy metal track got to do with cars?

Well, nothing really, unless you’re an Iron Maiden fan and you like to listen to their songs while driving your car. However, "The Trooper" just made its debut — 21 years since its inception — as a track used to promote a vehicle. The initiative belongs to Porsche, who borrowed the fast-paced single to showcase the Panamera’s outstanding dynamic skills and its enticing exhaust note. I say "borrowed" because the Germans did not use the original song, but an instrumental cover played by chamber instruments.

Although dubbed "Heavy Metal Orchestra", the soundtrack has nothing to do with the actual genre. Not even the Panamera can be described as heavy metal considering its relatively low curb weight for the size, but at least there’s enough metal to justify the term. Hit the play button to listen to the Panamera’s engine "sing" alongside violins and cellos.

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2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid - Driven

2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid - Driven

The Porsche Panamera is a relatively new entry in the Porsche fleet, having gotten its start for the 2010 model year. Named after the harrowing Carrera Panamericana race that took place in Mexico between 1950 and 1954, the Panamera S E-Hybrid is anything but your typical racecar. As its name implies, the Panamera S E-Hybrid utilizes a battery pack and an electric motor to supplement the gasoline engine’s output. The E-Hybrid version debuted in 2013 and has been a decent seller for Porsche, accounting for roughly 10 percent of the Panamera’s global sales.

While it’s easy at first to discount the Panamera S E-Hybrid as a true sports car, things get different once behind the wheel. That supercharged V-6 puts out an impressive 330 horsepower while the electric motor puts out another 95 horses. With a total of 416 gasoline-soaked, electrified ponies powering the rear wheels, the four-door sedan will hit 60 mph in just over five seconds.

I recently spent a week with the Panamera S E-Hybrid, getting to know its mechanicals and soul through easy daily driving and spirited weekend fun. Its four available seats proved to be too few for my visiting out-of-town family, but the Porsche never stopped being a conversation centerpiece. It sat like eye candy in the garage and did multiple trips around the neighborhood giving demonstration rides. One thing is for sure; the Porsche’s powertrain turns as many heads as its flashy exterior.

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