The second generation of the Panamera has been released last year and it is a brand new car. Unlike what the early rumors said, the new Panamera is actually based on VW’s MSB platform, a Porsche-developed chassis meant for high performance cars. Thanks to that it boasts a rather impressive selection of engines, a unique running gear as well as a much stiffer construction than its predecessor. Even though the car is quite new, an update has already been released with the 2018 Porsche Panamera. This adds not only an entirely new trim level but it also brings to the market a new body style. This is the first time in Porsche history when they release a shooting-brake or, what we like to call it, a wagon. The new Panamera Sport Turismo allows Porsche to be in a class of their own with no real competitor on the market.
Review and Price
The chassis and running gear of the car remain mostly the same as those on the 2017 version. However, the Sport Turismo does come with a new design as well as a revamped interior. The car’s new trim level is not only a mild update. In fact this includes an entirely new engine but more on that later. The car still starts at little over $86,000 which is actually very good value for money all things considered.
Panamera 4S Sport Turismo $109,800
Panamera 4 Sport Turismo $96,500
Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo $155,000
Panamera E-Hybrid Sport Turismo $105,000
If options are added then the Panamera will cost in excess of $250,000 which makes it one of the most expensive sedans on the market
Its higher end versions on the other hand aren’t as good as the base model in terms of value. In fact the range-topping Panamera starts at $185,000 for the short wheelbase model and an eye-watering $196,000 for the extended wheelbase version. If options are added then the Panamera will cost in excess of $250,000 which makes it one of the most expensive sedans on the market.
2018 Porsche Panamera Exterior
The regular version of the 2018 Porsche Panamera still looks the same as before. The car has been extensively redesigned last year and the end result is quite impressive. This time around it looks a lot closer to the 911 than before. Also, despite being larger than its predecessor the car seems smaller thanks to its better proportions. The big change here is the Sport Turismo model. This is basically a five-door wagon built in such a way that it looks like a true shooting brake.
While in the front the car’s identical to the sedan, the back is vastly different. Here it features a really small rear window, a large roof spoiler, a different bumper and a different set of tail lights which put it closer in design to the Macan. The end result has to be one of the best looking wagons we have ever seen.
Depending on the trim level the 2018 Porsche Panamera offers a huge range of features. The base models come with leather upholstery, comfortable electric seats which are heated as well as plenty of leather, aluminum or even wood inserts. The higher end models trade the aluminum and wood for carbon fiber while the leather is of a much better quality.
On top of that the car can be had with 4 individual seats which really elevate the experience inside the cabin. The center piece is the car’s infotainment system which uses a massive wide-screen that is otherwise unavailable on any other VAG-Group car.
All versions of the 2018 Porsche Panamera get the same engines as before with a minor exception
Engine and Specs 2018 Porsche Panamera
All versions of the 2018 Porsche Panamera get the same engines as before with a minor exception. As we said above, the car received a new trim level that actually boasts a new engine. This is the Turbo S E-Hybrid, the first high performance hybrid on a four-door sedan. This combines a 550 horsepower 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8 with a 136 horsepower electric motor.
|2018 Porsche Panamera|
|Engine type||4.8-liter V-8|
|Power/torque||550 HP @ 5,750-6,000 RPM, 567 LB-FT|
|Transmission||eight-speed PDK automatic|
|0-60 mph||5,5 sec|
|Top speed||155 mph|
|PRICE: $86,000 – $250,000|
|Competitors: Mercedes CLS, BMW 5 series touring|
There is also a 14.1 kWh battery which should allow it to travel up to little over 30 miles on electricity alone. The engine has a total rated output of 680 horsepower and 626 lb-ft of torque meaning it is Porsche’s most powerful four-door car ever made. All that power is sent through all four wheels via a PDK dual-clutch automatic. The car will hit 60 MPH in just 3.2 seconds and it will go up to a maximum top speed of 192 MPH. The best part is that it will do all of that while getting more than 25 MPG on average.