It is not uncommon for automakers to change tact as circumstances demand. Back in the 80’s, Porsche had a campaign meant to position their vehicles as more of personally driven vehicles as opposed to chauffeur driven. Well, the automaker is now geared towards promoting chauffeured Panameras. In fact, the automaker has made a full lineup of the Panamera based on the standard models. Dubbed the “ 2017 Porsche Panamera Executive ”, the new model is a long-wheelbase version of the standard Panamera targeted for buyers who love to be chauffeured around. Read along for more information:
2017 Porsche Panamera Executive Exterior
The Panamera Executive comes with a 5.9-inch longer wheelbase than the standard version. Apart from this wheelbase, its exterior is identical to standard Panamera models. Overall, the executive features a sportier exterior stance that borrows numerous styling cues from 911. Each Executive model mimics the regular model it is based on. As such, the hybrid model features green brakes calipers while the Turbo features LED headlights along with the automakers dynamic lighting system.
As customary with other Porsche models, the 2017 Porsche Panamera executive will have an option for further customization, which is offered in the Sport Design package.
Overall, the 2017 Porsche Panamera Executive looks stunningly attractive.
2017 Porsche Panamera Executive Interior
Sliding inside the Panamera Executive, you will be met by a very stylish cabin, as you would expect of Porsche. The 4S and Turbo trims come with soft-close doors, ambient interior lighting, larger center console as well as the automaker’s Rear Seat Entertainment system which features a 10.1 inch display on the front seats back rests. What’s more, the tablets can be detached for personal use inside or even outside the vehicle.
The extra 5.9-inch wheelbase translates to greater legroom which makes it comfortable travelling in the rear seats. Compared to the standard models, the Executive Panamera features heated front seats as well as heated rear seats. The trim also adds multi-way electrical adjustment for the front and rear seats, a panoramic roof, as well as driver-adjustable air suspension system. There is also a sunblind behind the head restraints of the rear seats.
Engine Specs and performance
The 2017 Porsche Panamera Executive is offered with a choice of 4 drive-trains. The base Panamera 4 is powered by a 2.9 L, turbocharged V-6 mill capable of producing 330 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque. This engine propels the model to accelerate to 60 mph from standstill in 5.4 seconds and lowers that time to 5.2 seconds with the addition of the Sport Chrono package. The model has a top speed of 164 mph.
The Panamera S also uses the same engine but it is tuned to deliver more juice. The engine produces 440 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. The engine makes the 0-60 mph dash in 4.2 seconds when the Sport Chrono package is selected. It has a top speed of 180 mph. Next up is a hybrid mill that derives its inspiration from the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. It features a 2.9 L, V-6 paired with an electric motor backed by a lithium-ion battery. The combination is good for 462 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. The combo powers the model to make a 0-60 mph dash in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 172 mph. The hybrid mill has an all-electric range of 31 miles and can reach a top speed of 86 mph on electric power alone.
The top-of the range model with the Turbo package is backed by a turbocharged 4.0 L, V-8 mill that is good for 550 horses and 567 lb-ft of torque. This powers the Executive to accelerate to 60 mph from standstill in only 3.6 seconds with the Sport Chrono package. It reaches a top speed of 190 mph. All engines are paired with a PDK transmission system with quick-shifting capability.
Price and release date
The base Porsche Panamera 4 Executive has a starting price of $96,300 that is a whole $6,700 more than the standard Panamera 4. This is a 7.4% premium above the standard model. The automaker has however not made public the price of the other three Panamera Executive models. However, expect the other models to have an almost similar price hike over the standard models they are based on.