2018 Porsche Panamera Executive gets extended wheelbase

Article by Christian A., on November 14, 2016

Porsche probably felt out of place after Volvo, Audi and BMW whipped out their own version of limos. As we know by now, Volvo’s S90 comes with an extended wheelbase as with BMW’s 7 Series and Audi’s A8 L. Because of this, Porsche will produce a more spacious Panamera similar to the Executive version’s first gen model. It goes without saying how a stretched out Porsche Panamera serves more legroom especially to those who are seated at the rear.

The new standard Panamera model comes with the 2,950 mm wheelbase, which is basically 30mm longer than its older version. However, the Panamera Executive will receive an additional 150mm totaling 3,100 mm. This measurement is virtually the same as the last model that came out of the Executive segment.

Its cabin features an optional larger centre console with a retractable set of tables. A highly impressive entertainment system includes a pair of 10.1 inch touch screen mounted on the backrests of the front seats. The luxurious rear cabin’s entertainment screen can be taken and used outside the vehicle.

The stretched out Panamera’s standard equipment consists of roll-up sunshades, electronically controlled heated front and rear seats and panoramic sunroof. The Panamera Executive owes its smooth and comfortable ride to the highly advanced adaptive air suspensions. Basically, the electronically adjustable damper system absorbs any bumps on the road, keeping everyone safe and sound throughout the trip.

There will be four different Panameras offering the Executive package. These are the Panamera Turbo, the Panamera 4S, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and the new Panamera 4. The Turbo variant and the 4S Executive will come with rear-axle steering and the advanced soft-close doors as standard features. As a matter of fact, the Panamera Turbo is already equipped with four-zone climate control, LED ambient lighting system and adaptive headlamps in LED.

Since all Executive Panameras will be using the same powertrains as those of its standard versions, we can expect the Turbo Executive to bear the same 550hp 4L V8 engine. The same goes for the 4S Executive with 440hp and 4E Hybrid Executive with 462hp. However, that won’t be the case with the new Panamera 4 as it comes with 330hp V6 engine. Porsche Panamera’s entry-level variant has been redeveloped and is also available in the standard rear-wheel-drive layout.

Porsche is currently expanding their Panameras, with about ten different models now on the line. But that’s not all. A new Panamera wagon is also expected to come by hopefully as early as next year. The Panamera with extended wheelbase will be showcased at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show this month.

Press Release

Debut of the Panamera Executive models, as well as the Panamera and Panamera 4

Porsche is continuing to expand the model range of the new Panamera: At the Los Angeles Auto Show, the sportscar manufacturer will be presenting the luxury saloon with a new 243 kW (330 hp) V6 turbo petrol engine, along with an extended Executive version as yet another body option. The new V6 turbo is a highly efficient and agile entry-level addition to the impressive range of engines. Power is up by 20 hp from the corresponding engine of the previous Panamera generation. At the same time, Porsche was able to reduce the consumption of this completely redeveloped six-cylinder petrol engine by up to 1.0 l/100 km. The new 330-hp engine is combined with rear-wheel drive in the Panamera and all-wheel drive in the Panamera 4, plus a long wheelbase in the Panamera 4 Executive.

While the Panamera and Panamera 4 with 330 hp redefine what can be expected at the entry-level end, the Executive models of the big Porsche, with their 150 millimetre longer wheelbase, expand the body and equipment portfolio at the top end of the model line. Designed as a chauffeur saloon, this Porsche is available in the all-wheel drive versions Panamera 4 Executive (243 kW / 330 hp), Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Executive (340 kW / 462 hp), Panamera 4S Executive (324 kW / 440 hp) and Panamera Turbo Executive (404 kW / 550 hp).

The new Porsche Panamera Executive versions are equipped even more exclusively. The standard features are supplemented with a large panoramic roof, heated comfort seats with multi-way electrical adjustment in the front and rear and adaptive air suspension with an electronically controlled damper system (Porsche Active Suspension Management / PASM). The roll-up sunblind behind the headrests in the rear also comes as standard. The standard equipment of the Panamera 4S Executive and Panamera Turbo Executive is even more comprehensive: Among other things, both models benefit from rear-axle steering and soft-close doors. As the most powerful model, the Panamera Turbo Executive is equipped with standard features such as four-zone climate control, LED main headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) and ambient lighting.

As an option, all Porsche Panamera Executive models are available with a newly developed, large rear centre console, which can also be equipped with two integrated folding tables and an inductive antenna connection for an additional smartphone, depending on the market. Similarly to the existing Panamera models, the exterior of the Executive versions can be further individualised with a Sport design package.

Another useful equipment option, particularly for the Executive versions frequently used as chauffeur saloons in China and the USA, is the latest generation of Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment. The 10.1-inch displays integrated in the backrests of the front seats can be detached for a wide range of uses; when needed, they transform the rear of the Panamera into a fully digitalised workplace. The high-quality displays can also be used as tablets outside the vehicle.

With regard to the model line, the fully redeveloped second generation of the Panamera was introduced in the summer of 2016. The four all-wheel drive models Panamera 4S, Panamera 4S Diesel (310 kW / 422 hp), Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera Turbo are already available on the market. With the addition of the new 330 hp versions and the Executive models, the Porsche Panamera range now comprises ten different models with power outputs from 330 to 550 hp.

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