Stretched Panamera, base RWD V-6 model to debut in L.A.
Porsche is bringing the rest of the 2017 Panamera range to the L.A. auto show next week. The second-generation Porsche four-door will make its North American debut and show off a new base V-6 engine and long-wheelbase Executive body style.
Porsche has already revealed the Panamera 4S, Turbo, and E-Hybrid models, but has now dropped details on the base cars. The standard Panamera and Panamera 4 will use the 326-hp version of the twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 used in the hybrid. That’s 108 hp less than the 2.9-liter in the 4S, but 20 hp more than the last base car that was powered by a naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6. Porsche says the new force-fed engine reduces fuel consumption over the previous mill. The engine will be available in both rear- and all-wheel drive configurations, and will even be available in long-wheelbase trim with the Panamera 4 Executive.
Executive models stretch the Panamera’s wheelbase by 5.9 inches and significantly lengthen the car for improved rear legroom. In addition to the Panamera 4, the 4S, E-Hybrid, and Turbo can be had in Executive trim. These limo-like variants receive a large panoramic roof, heated front and rear comfort seats with multi-way adjustment, and an adaptive air suspension. Rear steering and soft-close doors come standard on 4S and Turbo Executive models. In addition, the Turbo Executive gets four-zone climate control, LED headlights, and ambient interior lighting as standard. A large rear center console and Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment system with enormous 10.1-inch screens are optional.
The 2017 Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo will hit dealer lots in January 2017.