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09 October 2013

Porsche launches refreshed Panamera

The facelifted Panamera packs a fresh new look, and additions that help sharpen the driving experience

Amaan Ahmed
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The Porsche Panamera is an astoundingly capable car in its own right. But it's no Aston Martin Rapide, and Porsche knows it, so now, it has given the Panamera a bit of a makeover.

Unveiled earlier this year, the Panamera facelift features optional LED headlamps, widened rear windscreen and spoiler, new tail-lights, all of which add to the Panamera's opinion-dividing looks.

It does come from the same manufacturer who makes gems like the 911 and the Cayman, and this time, they've focused on the one in the driver's seat. The larger chassis mounts up front help deliver a finely-balanced ride, and the new advanced steering box mounts improve feedback. The seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK gearbox has been revised too, offering better fuel economy. The inclusion of lighter 18-inch wheels shod with newly-developed tyres, and a re-tuned Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system shows that when Porsche says the new Panamera has an "enhanced driver experience" at its core, you better believe it.

There are a total of five variants that have gone on sale in India - the first being the base Panamera, powered by a 3.6-litre, 306bhp, 400Nm petrol V6, which costs Rs 1.19 crore. Next up is the Panamera 4, retailing at Rs 1.22 crore, which gets everything that the standard Pan'am does, only that this comes with all-wheel drive. Then there's the GTS, the one that should get the enthusiasts fizzing - endowed with a naturally-aspirated 4.8-litre V8 that makes 434bhp and 520Nm, this version of the Panamera will go from 0-100 in just 4.4 seconds, even after weighing the very thick end of two tonnes. That's Rs 1.60 crore for you. And then there's the thumping Turbo, which uses a turbocharged version of the GTS' V8. 512bhp, 700Nm (770 with Sport Chrono package) and a top whack of 305kph. That's sportscar territory being toed right there. Price? Rs 1.99 crore.

If you think that's a lot and find all these numbers indigestibly excessive, you can also have a diesel-sipping Panamera for Rs 1.23 crore (all prices, ex-showroom, Delhi). A 3-litre V6 with 247bhp and 550Nm of spin with (fairly) reasonable running costs. Sounds like a plan.

All Panamera variants get an electric sunroof, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) plus Navigation, a BOSE stereo, Park Assist, reverse camera as standard. Air suspension with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system is available as standard on all variants except the base V6 petrol. Optional equipment includes full LED headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus, and a 1000W Burmester sound system. As ever, Porsche's Exclusive program is at hand to help spec your car as you'd like it and add a few lakhs more to the final price.

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