Does a sporty saloon really have to look like a saloon? Or can it look rather more athletic? With a taut roof line, for example, that displays a sleek and harmonious contour more likely to be associated with a two-seater?
The silhouette and proportions of the new Panamera models are more Porsche than ever. Clearly perceived rounded transitions, powerful muscles and a sharpened sports car silhouette emphasise the precision of the new design.
The wheelbase is 3 cm longer than that of the predecessor – the shorter overhang at the front and the longer overhang at the rear lend visual dynamism. The more prominent sculpting of the side creates the customary Porsche waistline and sense of lightness.
The interior has been completely restyled – and nevertheless remains typically Porsche. The centre console ascends towards the front. The dashboard is flat and conspicuously wide. The analogue rev counter is positioned in the middle of the instrument cluster.
Also new is the control concept: Porsche Advanced Cockpit. The centre console with Direct Touch Control has a surface in glass look featuring touch-sensitive buttons for direct access to the most important functions. In between: the compact gear selector. A high-resolution 12-inch touchscreen display is integrated into the dashboard. In conjunction with optional four-zone automatic climate control, the passengers in the rear also have a touchscreen display of their own. Two high-resolution screens, one to the right and one to left of the rev counter, display virtual instruments, maps and a range of other information.
The new Panamera Executive models combine sporty driving with a comfortable work zone in the rear compartment – thanks to an extra 15 cm added to the length of the body, which benefits the rear passengers the most. Visual hallmarks of the Executive models are silver-coloured elements in the slats of the front air intakes and above the sideskirts. The air outlet trims in the front wings are in silver colour with a high-gloss finish.
The standard specification includes adaptive air suspension, a panoramic sunroof, side airbags in the rear compartment and a rear roll-up sunblind. Particularly pleasant: power seats in the rear compartment with seat heating and comfort headrests.
Panamera 4S Executive and Turbo Executive models are additionally equipped with rear-axle steering, ParkAssist including reversing camera and soft-close doors.