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New Design Lifts Panamera to Another Level

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Hard Charging Sedan Gets a Trim

With the second-generation Porsche Panamera debuting in 2017, fans of the sporty sedan would be forgiven for fear the designers would take away all the good things about this 911 on steroids. According to Car and Driver magazine, not only did they leave all the good stuff but the Panamera team improved this already impressive beast that’s capable of devouring the highway during daily commutes or a timed track run. What most people will notice first is the design of the car, which improved by lifting the rear end, adding a little more slope and stretching the width. A better transmission, upgraded interior and “hot vee” engine all combine to make this generation as anticipated as the first. Check in with Porsche of Tucson to examine the new Panamera for yourself and take a test drive.

Hot Vee Engine New Design

Although the 4.0L V-8 Twin Turbo shares a lot of features in common with engines used in other vehicles, the placement of the turbos in the dip between the cylinder rows is something new for Porsche. The company says this is more efficient because of a shorter run for the exhaust gas. Anyone who drives a Porsche Panamera and steps on the gas will be hard-pressed to argue. With a spine-snapping 567 pound-feet of torque, the sporty sedan has 550 horsepower to use as you wish. If you don’t feel the need to jump off the starting line like a rocket, the Panamera also has a 405-horsepower 2.9L V-6.

Cruise Control of Future Here Now

The Panamera has available InnoDrive, Porsche’s name for its high-tech adaptive cruise control that uses GPS readings to anticipate both road and traffic law changes. By reading the topography 2 miles ahead, InnoDrive will downshift or lower the speed when necessary to adjust for steep hills or tight curves once you program a route into the navigation system. In a test on Germany’s famed Autobahn, a Car and Driver editor noted it behaved much like a human driver. “It smoothed the schizophrenic speed-limit changes with the gentle transitions of a human driver, yet when a dawdling Peugeot finally moved to the right in an unrestricted section, the Porsche accelerated forcefully–just as we would in a 550-hp Porsche–to the system’s max of 130 mph.” InnoDrive won’t be part of the package when the Panamera first comes to Porsche of Tucson in early 2017. Engineers still have to fine-tune the system to match up with America’s traffic laws.

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