2016 Porsche Panamera price, gts, release date

Heavy testing on 2016 Porsche Panamera has started early on this year. The model was caught by spy photographer numerous times, and people can have an insight about what they can expect from the new Panamera. Some of the most interesting changes include diversity of new offerings. For the first time, the model will be available in three body styles, including 5-door coupe, 5-door long-wheelbase coupe and a 5-door SportTurismo shooting brake. The last one was presented few year ago, back in 2012, as a concept version, and with release of the 2016 Porsche Panamera we will finally have the chance to see the production version.

2016 Porsche Panamera Front

2016 Porsche Panamera changes

Since it is a start of the second generation we can expect big changes. On the other hand, we have to have in mind that Porsche is German brand, so some mind-blowing changes in design will not happen. Shape of the model will be sleeker, and more elegant, providing overall better and more luxurious appearance. But at the end of the day, it is Porsche, which means their designer did almost everything to make it as sporty and aggressive as possible. More inches in both length and width will add more space on the inside, making the new Panamera more comfortable than before.

2016 Porsche Panamera will be built on a new Modular Standard Platform (MSB). Tis change will provide lower production costs for the Porsche as well as more flexibility. This also shows us that new Panamera will be front-engined, with both rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations.

2016 Porsche Panamera Rear

2016 Porsche Panamera engine

When it comes to engines, Germans usually nail it, and that’s the case with this model as well. 2016 Porsche Panamera will leave all current engine available, with addition of a new one. All engines which empower the Panamera are turbocharged. Two plug-I hybrid variants of the model will also be available. One will be based on a petrol V6 engine, and will be able to offer a combined output of 434bhp, and the other on diesel V6, providing around 366bhp of combined output.

Petrol line-up of engine includes a 2.9-liter V6 with 420bhp, a 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6 with 500bhp and a 4.0-litre V8 with 600bhp. Of course, the last one is the attention grabber, but we can’t set any as favorite.

Diesel line-up includes a V6 version with 381bhp and a V8 with 422bhp. Transmission choices for all powertrains will include 7-speed twin-clutch DCT, but other choices are not known at the moment.

2016 Porsche Panamera Side

2016 Porsche Panamera rivals

Being a top performer and highly luxurious, new 2016 Porsche Panamera will have to find its place among the world’s best model in its class. Some of them are BMW 740i and Audi A8, which are highly rated by both fans and experts.

2016 Porsche Panamera price and release date

Pricing specs of the model will be revealed after its release date, which is scheduled for early to mid-2016. Latest news even reveal that Porsche will not launch this new generation as 2016, but as a 2017 model. Estimated starting price is around $80,000, but it is still too early to give exact prognoses.

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