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Kez Casey | Jun, 29 2016 | 1 Comment

The covers have officially come of the 2017 Porsche Panamera, revealing a trim new look for Porsche’s second-generation four-door.

As expected from earlier leaked images the controversial first generation car has been completely reimagined, with a more coupe-like shape and 33mm longer overall length as well as a rear roof line that has been dropped by 20mm.

Clearly visible touches, like Porsche’s four-point headlights, thinner tail lamps, and vented front guards help give the new Panamera a look more in line with the company's sports car offerings.

The all-new Panamera owes little to its predecessor with a newly designed chassis, completely new engine lineup, and an advanced interior design.

Under the surface the new Panamera rides on the Porsche-developed MSB platform, which will underpin other large luxury cars from the Volkswagen Group over time.

Three new engines will power the range initially, including a 324kW/550Nm 2.9 litre V6 in the Panamera 4S, 310kW/580Nm diesel V8 in the Panamera 4S Diesel, and topped by a 404kW/770Nm 4.0 litre V8 in the Panamera Turbo.

All three engines feature twin turbocharging, with the turbochargers laid inside the cylinder V to improve engine response, and lower the engine’s centre of gravity. All wheel drive and an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission are also part of the mechanical package.

Across the range the new engines are quicker than before, with 0-100 km/h times of 4.4 seconds for the V6 and 3.8 seconds for the petrol V8, both drop by 0.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package.

The diesel V8 sprints from 0-100 km/h 4.5 seconds (or 4.3 seconds with Sport Chrono) making it the world’s fastest production car with a diesel engine.

Inside the Panamera takes traditional Porsche interior themes and give them a modern twist thanks to its Porsche Advanced Cockpit design.

Two seven-inch displays either side of an analog tachometer can display a variety of information. Additionally, a 12.3 inch high resolution touchscreen in the dash allows access to features such as online navigation, Porsche Connect, Apple CarPlay, and more.

Other vehicle controls are now handled by touch-sensitive centre console switches, and even the interior vents adopt touch-sensitive sliders.

Sports handling isn’t forgotten about either with available rear axle steering derived from the 918 and 911 Turbo, active roll compensation, air suspension, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) electronic damper control, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport, and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus.

LED Matrix headlights with thermal detection to highlight people and large animals, massaging seats, and high-end Burmester 3D audio are also just some of the Panamera’s new luxury-class options.

Australian customers can exoect the Panamera range to arrive locally in the first quarter of 2017 with order books open from the 29th of June 2016. Pricing for the Panamera 4S starts from $304,200, the Panamera 4S Diesel will be priced from $312,100, with the range-topping Panamera Turbo priced from $376,900 before on-road costs.

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