Inside there’s first sight of Porsche’s new Advanced Cockpit layout, complete with computer tablet-like touch screen displays. Panamera Mk1 was famous for its regimented rows of buttons but MkII goes down the touch-pad route for a much cleaner look. Porsche says it’s all more intuitive to use, too. The displays are configurable but – a nice touch – the car keeps an analogue tacho bang in the centre of the cluster (as with all Porsches since the 356).
And under the bonnet? New twin-turbo V6 and V8 petrol engines offer 440hp (for the 2.9 V6 Panamera S) and 550hp (for the 4.0 V8 Panamera Turbo). There’s is a new diesel too, a V8 with a mighty 422hp and 627lb ft – no surprise with all that torque that it’s the first Panamera diesel to be available with all-wheel drive.
The V8 diesel’s numbers are extraordinary: 0-62mph in 4.3sec (with Sport Chrono package), top speed 177mph – and 42mpg! If you must have a diesel this might be the one then…Porsche says it’s the world’s fastest production diesel car. The Panamera Turbo still has it beat on performance, though, with its 0-62 time of 3.8sec and 190mph top speed.
Bottom line? All the models are more powerful than before, performance is slightly up on the previous model’s, and efficiency is much improved. Even the petrol Turbo is credited with a combined 30mpg, assisted by a new cylinder shut-off system on part load.