2014 Porsche Panamera revealed
Porsche has revealed the 2014 Panamera range ahead of the public debut at the Shanghai Motor Show, sporting new tech and a moderate facelift. Ever since the Panamera was released, there has been huge criticism of the looks, mainly centred around the rear end. When we saw the Panamera Turismo concept last year most had high hopes for a bigger redesign but it appears that Porsche is playing it safe and will do more for the next generation model.
The main changes are at the rear where there is a wider rear window, larger pop-up spoiler and new rear lights. The rear bumper now extends out a lot more and there are more prominent tail pipes on all models. The changes do give the rear a nicer look, but it’s still hard to disguise the ‘hunchback’ design that was the biggest issue most had. Up front there are new headlights and new bumpers with slimmer DRL LEDs. Overall the facelift freshens up the look, but we do feel they could have done a little more.
The biggest changes for the 2014 Panamera are under the skin though. The V8 engine that powered the Panamera S & 4S is now dropped in favour of a new twin turbo 3.0 V6 engine which produces 413 bhp and 385 lb/ft of torque – up 19 bhp and 14 lb/ft over the V8. Economy is up by 18% while emissions are considerably less than the V8.
This new V6 gets another installation too, though this time the twin turbos are replaced by a 94 bhp electric motor. Combined with the 316 bhp V6 and 9.4 kWh battery pack the new Panamera S E-Hybrid will produce less than 100 g/km of CO2 and has a claimed combined cycle 91 mpg, incredibly impressive figures if not exactly realistic for the real world. The E-Hybrid is able to do 83 mph on electric power alone, with a range of 11 to 22 miles depending on conditions. The E-Hybrid can be plugged in at the owners’ home and fully charged in around 4 hours.
The Panamera range also gets a new ‘Executive’ model, available on the 4S and Turbo, which extends the wheelbase by 15 cm and has twin rear seating with a large centre console.
The new Panamera range goes on sale in July starting at €81,849 for the Panamera Diesel, rising to €163,364 for the Panamera Turbo Executive. The new E-Hybrid costs €110,409. UK prices have yet to be announced.
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