Much of the news coming out of Porsche lately has centered around its venerable two-seaters (especially the upcoming redesigned and re-badged Porsche Boxster and Porsche Carerra) and the big changes coming to the Macan segment of the Porsche lineup. One car that doesn’t get quite as much attention is also getting a significant redesign, and will soon show its face in public for the first time: the Porsche Panamera.
Porsche is typically conservative when it comes to changing their body designs. The profile of a Porsche is instantly recognizable, and the company hasn’t upset the apple cart with the latest refresh. The true surprise here is the chassis. Taking advantage of a modular chassis with a lighter and somewhat more compact design, the new Panamera drops 200 pounds from its curb weight. A new V8 engine (a 4.0 L twin turbo) will take the place of the 4.8 L that’s currently available, and should deliver as much as 600 hp. Hybrid versions, as well as RWD and AWD variants, are expected.
It’s rumored that the 2017 Porsche Panamera is likely to be unveiled in one of two places: either at the Geneva Auto Show (in March), or at the Mondial de l’Automobile / Paris Motor Show (in October). Given that the model would be arriving in showrooms in the latter half of 2016, our money is on Geneva; that would give plenty of time to build anticipation for what’s looking like a very promising redesign.
Of course, you don’t have to wait ’til 2016 if you’re itching to experience the Panamera. We have the 2016 Porsche Panamera in stock at the Porsche of Nashua showroom. Call us to arrange a test drive!