2017 Porsche Panamera Bows with Sportier, Sleeker Styling

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The 2017 Porsche Panamera has been introduced at a special event in Berlin, Germany.

The event kicked off with a bizarre fashion show of sorts along with an artistic presentation showing glimpses of the next-generation sedan. The German automaker also placed an emphasis on contradiction, highlighting the stage with a breakdancer and a ballerina, as a way to point at the Panamera’s contrasting abilities to be both sporty and luxurious.

As expected, the new Panamera sticks to a familiar design but boasts a sleeker, sportier style than its predecessor. The second-generation model will also be completely built in Leipzig, Germany with the company investing heavily into its factory for production.

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At its launch, the Porsche Panamera will offer three high-performance engines, at least in Europe. At the top of the range is the Porsche Panamera Turbo, sporting a redesigned 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine with 550 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque. The standard Porsche Panamera 4S model will come with a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 with 440 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. There is also a diesel-turbo V8 engine sporting 422 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque, although it’s unclear whether that will head to the U.S. All powerplants are mated to an eight-speed, dual-clutch PDK transmission and Porsche promises that a pair of high-performance plug-in hybrid variants will join the lineup at a future date.

The model will also feature new autonomous driving technologies, with the capability of self-driving and self-braking at speeds up to 37 mph. The cabin has also been overhauled with an all-new interior, sporting fewer buttons and switches without sacrificing functionality. Owners will be able to interact with their vehicles through a touchpad with similar gestures as a smartphone or tablet.

Porsche was also quick to brag that the 2017 Panamera lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 38 seconds, making it comparable to the Porsche 997 GT3. That also means the Porsche Panamera has dethroned the Alfa Romeo Giulia (7:39) as the fastest luxury sedan on the Nurburgring.

Watch a series of videos showcasing the 2017 Porsche Panamera below.

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  • Noe

    Like when the cayenne first appeared the panamera was a questionable beast

    Both progressively have smoothed their edges

    The subtle smoothing out on this grows on you and it doesn’t look bad

    Ive only ever been driven in one and they are a good ride ( prefer RR though ) – with the restyling should grow on more people. This definitely a better choice over the Maserati