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Styling is an Acquired Taste You Can Get on Porsche Panamera
The second-generation Porsche Panamera strikes a balance in between athleticism and practicality that few cars may match. At the same time, it's magnificent and feature-packed, with an exemplary range associated with gasoline, diesel, and hybrid power trains. The latest addition towards the Panamera range, new for the 2018 design year, is the S E Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid designed to leverage Porsche's engineering strengths while delivering a mix of sporty driving and surprising gas mileage.

As the Panamera's styling is an acquired taste, through its extended roofline and slightly humped back again, intended to echo the 911's fastback user profile, the overall effect of the Panamera's outside is appealing and definitely Porsche--if somewhat extremely sized. The cabin's refined finish and sports car-like layout is welcome in advance; in the rear, the effect is a lot more like that of an executive limo, with lots of space and features. For 2018, a total, though mild, redesign gives a sleeker, swept-back look thanks to revised front and tail treatments, a shallower windshield angle, and, upon Executive models, longer rear doors.

From the bottom and Panamera 4 models, with sporting 310 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque from the 3.6-liter normally aspirated V-6 engine, towards the Panamera Turbo at 520 horsepower from the 4.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine, to the all-new Panamera S E-Hybrid's 416 horsepower from the 95-horsepower electric motor and 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 combination, there's plenty of pep at any point within the range, with room to upgrade for individuals seeking more get-up-and-go.

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A new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 forces Panamera S, Panamera 4S, and Panamera 4S Professional models, rated at 420 horsepower and 384 pound-feet associated with torque. All versions except the Panamera Utes E-Hybrid come standard with Porsche's PDK seven-speed dual-clutch tranny with paddle-shift manual mode. The E-Hybrid gets its eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission, also with manual-mode shift controls about the steering wheel. The Porsche Traction Management active all-wheel generates with anti-slip regulation (ASR) is standard upon all-wheel drive models.

As with the prior generation, there's ample cargo space inside the Panamera using the rear seats laid flat and the hatchback-like profile adds clearance for bigger packages or luggage--Porsche claims two fully-assembled bicycles will easily fit in the rear. Fit, finish, and materials are held to a high standard, the driver-centric layout of the front row controls give a sporty feel and look. As for features and electronics, Porsche provides many standard and optional systems, including regular Park Assist distance-sensing, standard cruise control, a regular Porsche Communication Management system using 7.0-inch color touchscreen and navigation with 3D maps.

A BOSE surround audio system with 14 speakers and 585 watts associated with total power (545 watts in Panamera Utes E-Hybrid models) is standard on Panamera Turbo versions; an available Sport Chrono package (standard upon Panamera GTS) with improved performance modes; and a variety of highly adjustable power seat upgrades are additionally available.

On the safety front, Porsche provides a full complement of side, front, knee, as well as curtain airbags as standard, plus additional chair belt pre-tensioners, manual seat belt height realignment, and LATCH child seat mounts, also regular on all models. You won't find a few of the advanced safety electronics systems offered by additional luxury performance sedans, such as night eyesight or pedestrian detection.