The Porsche Panamera debuted in mid-2009 for the 2010 model year. While the car has been a success for the company — and here at Porsche of Nashua — Porsche hasn’t rested on its laurels in the past. The upcoming 2017 Porsche Panamera inaugurates the car’s second generation, and signals to Manchester Porsche enthusiasts that the company still designs cars like it’s got something to prove.
Not much is known about the car yet. The only official visual only shows the car’s rear, which has been retooled to sport an appearance that’s less hatchback-like than the current version, and indeed shares much in common with the 911 Porsche. The front fascia, based on shots of a barely-camouflaged test vehicle, looks only slightly redone, with the most apparent change being the headlights. The car’s roof line appears as though it will also be sleeker than its predecessor.
New engines are in store, including a 550 horsepower 4.0 liter twin-turbo V8 engine (base tuning). At least one other version of that engine, tuned for higher torque and horsepower, will eventually debut alongside a V6 engine, and a turbo diesel for the overseas market. A hybrid version will also be available.
That’s not all. The Panamera Sport Turismo concept first shown at the 2012 Paris Auto Show — with its long wheelbase and shooting brake profile — is also slated for the upcoming generation, and has been confirmed for the American market. The concept has already been spotted in testing and departs a bit from the original concept, but it’s still an exciting addition to the Porsche Panamera lineup, and might be seen before 2016 comes to a close.
If you’d rather not wait for the next generation of the Porsche Panamera (after all, the current generation is still perfectly lovely), come to the Porsche of Nashua showroom at 170 Main Dunstable Road in Nashua, NH to test drive the 2016 Porsche Panamera, or the 2016 Porsche Cayenne if you’d like something with a bit more room.