Porsche Reveals Updated Panamera—More Legroom, New Engines

And a plug-in hybrid, if you're into that kind of thing.

Porsche pulled the wraps off the refreshed 2014 Panamera yesterday in advance of the car’s official debut at the Shanghai Motor Show in a couple weeks—and while it may not look all that different at first, there’s more changes here than you might think. Stare hard at the new Panamera, and you’ll see a few changes: the front and rear have both been updated for a fresher appearance, with larger air intakes, a new trunk lid, and dope optional LED headlights.

Ballers who prefer being driven to doin’ the driving will be glad to hear that Porsche is now offering an extended-wheelbase edition of the Panamera. Called the “Executive” edition, the longer Panameras add 5.9 inches of wheelbase in order to maximize rear seat legroom. Pickin’ the Executive (it only comes in the Panamera Turbo and Panamera 4S models for now) adds about 20 to 25 stacks to the base price, but it also comes with more standard features than the regular-length cars, so it kind of evens out.

The big news, though, regards what sits under the hood. The naturally-aspirated V8 in the Panamera S and 4S is out, replaced by a twin-turbo V6. Don’t get all sweaty worryin’ about the Panameras slowing down as they get older, though; the new engines make 20 more horsepower and 15 more lb-ft of torque than the old V8s. (That said, the N/A V8 sticks around in the Panamera GTS.) But don’t look for “Turbo” badges on the lesser Panameras; they’ll be reserved for the turbocharged V8 models, as always.

If you want an eco-friendly Panamera, though (or you just like savin’ that gas cash), Porsche has a nice little surprise for ya: the new Panamera S E-Hybrid. It builds on on old Panamera S Hybrid by adding a larger battery that can be plugged into a wall socket. Fully charged (a process that takes up to two and a half hours, if you have a 240V outlet), the Panamera S E-Hybrid will roll up to 20 miles on electric power alone, at speeds of up to 84 mph. But put the gas V6 and the electric motor together, and it’ll do the 0-60 sprint in 5.2 seconds—half a second faster than the old Panamera Hybrid. Better fuel economy and quicker acceleration? We dig it. [Shout-out to 0-60!]


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