What Are They?
The lineup of the recently revised Porsche Panamera grows by two with the latest variants unveiled at this year’s LA Auto Show. The newest versions are a base-level Panamera — offered in rear-wheel-drive “Panamera” guise or all-wheel-drive, as the Panamera 4 — and an extended-wheelbase Panamera Executive version with additional rear leg room.
On the outside, the new models look exactly as you’d expect: Base-level Panamera models come standard with smaller wheels than the more potent versions, which include the sedan’s latest facelift, while the Panamera Executive looks a little longer than the standard version. It’s the same story on the inside, where the base-level Panamera’s interior roughly mimics the cabin of other models — and the Panamera Executive is also roughly the same as other models, save for rear-seat leg room that’s considerably more generous than in the standard Panamera due to a 5.9-inch wheelbase stretch.
The most important new touch is under the hood of the base-level Panamera, as it features a 330-horsepower turbocharged V6 — a powerplant that offers 20 more horsepower than the outgoing base model’s engine. Like other Panamera models, the new base-level version and the longer executive come standard with an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The new base-level Panamera starts at $86,000 with shipping, while the Panamera 4 starts from $90,600. The Panamera Executive — offered in Panamera 4, 4S, Turbo and E-Hybrid guise — starts from $97,300, which is roughly $6,600 more than a corresponding standard-wheelbase model.
When Can You Get Them?
The base-level Panamera and Panamera Executive are on sale now, with deliveries likely starting soon.
Add Them to Your Shopping List Because…
The Porsche Panamera is an excellent luxury sedan — and the latest version is better than ever. While it still uses much of the same unusual styling that caused so much controversy when the Panamera first came out in 2010, new models feature more potent engines, better gas mileage, a smoother ride and better technology. The new base-level Panamera and Panamera Executive are merely additional pieces to the Panamera puzzle, giving the sedan a fuller lineup.
Other Cars to Consider
2016 Audi A8 — The full-size Audi A8 luxury sedan offers standard all-wheel drive, a high-performance version, and short- or long-wheelbases. It’s also loaded with technology — and it’s cheaper than the Panamera.
2017 BMW 7 Series — Although the BMW 7 Series grows heftier with each passing generation, it still comes closest to the Panamera in terms of a sporty driving experience from a full-size luxury sedan.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class — It’s hard to argue with the gold standard among full-size luxury sedans — especially when the S-Class touts an enormous number of models and engine choices, ranging from luxurious to high-performance to ultra-opulent.
Used Bentley Flying Spur — If you’re interested in an ultra-high performance sedan with upscale amenities, look no further than the Bentley Flying Spur — and its amazing W12 engine. Compared to the Panamera, however, prices are high — so you may have to consider a used model.