We don’t purport to know what is going on behind Weissach’s closed doors, the ...
We don’t purport to know what is going on behind Weissach’s closed doors, the logical conclusion is that they took the criticism thrown at the first-gen Panamera to heart and vowed to rectify things with the new vehicle.
That they did – and then some. Based on the all-new platform, the 2017 Panamera is certainly much more attractive, its predecessor’s hunchback, which was a main sticking point, giving way to the much more resolved rear end.
It’s all change inside, too, as a huge count of buttons have been replaced by touchscreens that are both easier to use and provide haptic feedback, and for the best of both worlds.
In range-topping Turbo guise, it comes the new twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 churning out 542 HP and an incredible 770 Nm of torque. Naturally, all that oomph is directed to all four wheels, and the best part is that Porsche’s engineers have managed to make what is essentially the large and heavy car feel extremely agile and nimble from the driver’s seat.
Well, a drive in Tuscany’s twisties confirmed that, in its second iteration, a Panamera is probably the best sports saloon out there and, even though when fully loaded it nudges €200k, and which is supercar money, it justifies that price by offering supercar-like performance in the much more practical, and easy to live with day in, day out, package.
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