The 2017 Panamera Lays Claim to Segment Standards

The original Porsche Panamera came with very few expectations. It was the genesis of Porsche’s future of luxury, a deviation from performance-first values and an appeal to a new audience originally drawn in by the Cayenne SUV.

It didn’t greatly appeal to the purists, but the purists didn’t need it. Families with the affinity for the quality and style of Porsche saw it as right up their alley and influenced the Panamera to become a staple for the modern-day Porsche lineup. Its available all-wheel drive capabilities, comfort and size as well as ample power when wanted made it the premier luxury sedan option for a big crowd in just a few short years.

But after hitting refresh for the second-generation, it didn’t just reload the same page.

The 2017 Panamera is now coming loaded with expectations – lofty ones, at that. How can there not be when the claims are made of it being the “fastest luxury sedan on earth”? The statement is validated through lapping the famously-grueling Nürburgring test track, where the new Panamera Turbo claimed the record for the quickest time by a sedan. The 7:38 clocking puts it among supercars like the Lexus LFA and Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera, cars painstakingly tested almost solely for achievement on the track.

It’s pretty unlikely, however, to find the new Panamera dominating your local track day. It can, but that’s not what it’s for.

Funneling the history of Porsche performance into a luxury package is what the Panamera has been expected to accomplish. 400 and 500 horsepower was achieved from the outset, and now it has reached a wild 680, but it went hand-in-hand with a fundamentally practical hatchback layout that was comfortable for four adults. Those passengers aren’t just accounted for, they’re treated.

Revisions inside the Panamera’s spacious cabin are not exactly subtle, but are thematic. The driver’s main focus is the redesigned steering wheel that was carried over from the 918 Spyder hypercar into most subsequently-released Porsches. But redesigning everything around the driver was a broader challenge.

The ascending center console is brought up to date with the new Panamera, its design familiar but its interface entirely reimagined. Once an overwhelming abundance of buttons and controls, the console is now streamlined with touch features, again predated to the 918. The rear passengers can be delighted to more of the same, with an optional four-zone climate system that actually equips both media and navigation interfaces as well.

The front console leads into a massively redesigned technology center that spans a significant portion of the driver’s field of view. Entirely configurable, the infotainment displays will boldly readout navigation directions, vehicle settings and information and a selection of car-friendly apps that operate like a familiar mobile interface and caters to the ever-connected. Not vital to the driving experience, no, but the delimitation of accessibility within the new Panamera keeps it as the benchmark for its class and satisfies you from asking anything more.

But “more” is what the Panamera always delivers. Going beyond the expectation of the everyday luxury sedan vaulted it from quite literally nowhere to now the forefront of the luxury market. The history of Porsche was not written by the Panamera, but it is now a co-author of the future of it. And its future looks pretty darn good.

2017’s Panamera isn’t just bells and whistles, it isn’t just more efficient and powerful engines. What most makes the new Panamera more attractive is that…it’s more attractive.

The facelift is as the term can best be applied, the latest socially-acclaimed design language translates well to the Panamera. The rear fascia shows more like a 911 and backs the concept of the Panamera being a four-door luxury sports car. Its track is widened for a forceful road presence and overall is raked 20mm lower at the rear for a traditional coupe-like silhouette. It looks familiar, but better than you remember.

That feeling reflects across every surface of the new Panamera, with some changes blending in and others standing out; but combined as a whole, they deliver the best luxury four-door on the market.

 


Local PCA Meeting

Please feel free to join us at The Studio at RDS Warehouse for PCA Riesentoter’s monthly meeting on Wednesday, March 15th from 6:30 pm – 9 pm.

A unique catering experience will be provided by The Crop Foundation. The foundation helps lower income high school students pursue their passion for the culinary arts, which they might not otherwise have the opportunity to do. The students get training from the Philadelphia and Delaware area top chefs, and learn how to grow, prepare, and serve food at events. The Crop Foundation has now extended to 3 states and will soon be catering an event for the mayor of Philadelphia.


Long-Awaited Arrivals Hit Geneva

The Geneva Motor Show is not really the place to come with subtle yearly refreshes and facelifts, it demands the newest and very best each brand has to offer. Porsche and McLaren had these projects in the works for years, but 2017 was the culmination and assembly of these ideas in one place.

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Performance Reaching New Heights at 2017 Geneva Show

Performance cars are climbing and climbing to what seems like an inevitable plateau, which makes the ridiculous numbers associated with them seem less and less impressive each year. But if there’s any battlefield to truly fight for the industry’s attention, it’s the Geneva Motor Show.

The Swiss show centralizes the top European brands to sculpt the landscape of the next generation of cars. That next generation, for McLaren and Porsche, aims to stave off and elevate that plateau for at least a handful of years.

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Black Friday Event at Porsche of The Main Line

BLACK FRIDAY PREVIEW: NEW CAR LEASE SPECIALS

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2016 Porsche Cayenne | NOW $55,788

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2014 Porsche 911 C2S Coupe | NOW $77,825

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Valid 11/25, 11/26, and 11/28. Must mention offer prior to write-up.

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LEASE TERMS

2016 Panamera 4 Edition GL001912-$688/mo with as little as zero down using the Welcome to Porsche Program

Closed-end lease offered to qualified lessees with approved credit by Porsche Financial Services. Must take delivery by 11/30/2016. Estimated payments based upon MSRP of $91,905 (includes destination charge) for a Model Year 2016 Panamera 4 Edition. Model pictured may have optional features and equipment. Price excludes title, taxes, registration, license fees, insurance, and maintenance. Lease payments of $688.88 for 36 months total $24,799.68 based on capitalized cost of $79,895 (requires dealer contribution which could affect price).
Total due from customer at signing $6,183.88 (first month’s payment, acquisition fee of $995 and capitalized cost reduction of $4,500). Total adjusted capitalized cost of $76,375. No security deposit required. At lease end, lessee pays excess wear, $.30/mile over 30,000 miles and $350 termination fee. Purchase option at lease end $56,981.10 plus taxes. Specific vehicles and options are subject to availability and your price may vary. Valid on stock number GL001912.  See dealer for Welcome to Porsche Program details.  Welcome to Porsche offers up to $4500 in rebates with a qualifying competitive lease expiring withing 180 days.  Qualifying competitive leases must mature within 180 days and qualify for up to 3 payment credits with a maximum of $1500 per payment as a rebate on a new lease through Porsche Financial Services.

2016 Cayman GK170452-$444/mo with $3250 Down

Closed-end lease offered to qualified lessees with approved credit by Porsche Financial Services. Must take delivery by 11/30/2016. Estimated payments based upon MSRP of $63,890 (includes destination charge) for a Model Year 2016 Cayman. Model pictured may have optional features and equipment. Price excludes title, taxes, registration, license fees, insurance, and maintenance. Lease payments of $444.08 for 24 months total $10,657.92 based on capitalized cost of $55,000 (requires dealer contribution which could affect price).
Total due from customer at signing $4,689.08 (first month’s payment, acquisition fee of $995 and capitalized cost reduction of $3,250). No security deposit required. At lease end, lessee pays excess wear, $.30/mile over 10,000 miles and $350 termination fee. Purchase option at lease end $43,445.20 plus taxes. Specific vehicles and options are subject to availability and your price may vary. Valid on stock number GK170452.

2016 Cayenne S E-Hybrid GLA17485-$585/mo with $3250 Down

Closed-end lease offered to qualified lessees with approved credit by Porsche Financial Services. Must take delivery by 11/30/2016. Estimated payments based upon MSRP of $85,705 (includes destination charge) for a Model Year 2016 Cayenne S E-Hybrid. Model pictured may have optional features and equipment. Price excludes title, taxes, registration, license fees, insurance, and maintenance. Lease payments of $585.72 for 24 months total $14,057.28 based on capitalized cost of $73,000 (requires dealer contribution which could affect price).
Total due from customer at signing $4,830.72 (first month’s payment, acquisition fee of $995 and capitalized cost reduction of $3,250). Federal hybrid tax credit of $5,336 applied as additional cap reduction. No security deposit required. At lease end, lessee pays excess wear, $.30/mile over 20,000 miles and $350 termination fee. Purchase option at lease end $53,994.15 plus taxes. Specific vehicles and options are subject to availability and your price may vary. Valid on stock number GLA17485.

2016 Panamera S E-Hybrid GL040597-$794/mo with $4500 Down

Closed-end lease offered to qualified lessees with approved credit by Porsche Financial Services. Must take delivery by 11/30/2016. Estimated payments based upon MSRP of $103,970 (includes destination charge) for a Model Year 2016 Panamera S E-Hybrid. Model pictured may have optional features and equipment. Price excludes title, taxes, registration, license fees, insurance, and maintenance. Lease payments of $794.82 for 36 months total $28,613.52 based on capitalized cost of $86,050 (requires dealer contribution which could affect price).
Total due from customer at signing $7,520.05 (first month’s payment, acquisition fee of $995 and capitalized cost reduction of $4,500). Federal hybrid tax credit of $4,752 applied as additional cap reduction. No security deposit required. At lease end, lessee pays excess wear, $.30/mile over 30,000 miles and $350 termination fee. Purchase option at lease end $56,146.70 plus taxes. Specific vehicles and options are subject to availability and your price may vary. Valid on stock number GL040597.

2017 Macan HLB00636 – $458/mo with $3,000 Down
Closed-end lease offered to qualified lessees with approved credit through CAL Automotive. Must take delivery by 11/30/2016. Estimated payments based upon MSRP of $55,125 (includes destination charge) for a Model Year 2017 Macan 2.0L. Model pictured may have optional features and equipment. Price excludes title, taxes, registration, license fees, insurance, and maintenance. Lease payments of $458.34 for 39 months total $17,875.26 based on capitalized cost of $49,600(requires dealer contribution which could affect price).
Total due from customer at signing $4,753.34 (first month’s payment, acquisition fee of $1295 and capitalized cost reduction of $3,000). No security deposit required. At lease end, lessee pays excess wear, $.50/mile over 32,500 miles and $450 termination fee. Purchase option at lease end $33,075 plus taxes. Specific vehicles and options are subject to availability and your price may vary. Valid on stock number HLB00636.


Waiting in Line for My Next Porsche: The 718 Cayman

Article written by Porsche of The Main Line customer, David Newton.

Last summer, I traded my 2009 Midnight Blue Cayman for a 2016 Macan S, with the self-imposed understanding that I would someday end up in another Cayman — perhaps a GTS or even the GT4. I’m not so sure I could have ultimately pulled the trigger on the Macan otherwise.

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Pebble Beach Auctions Start New Chapters for Unique Cars

Ushering in the next generation of the most desirable luxury and supercars in the world has become the norm at Monterey’s car week, but it wasn’t always that way. The Pebble Beach Concours, the fireworks display at the finale of the weekend, was the celebration of decades of historic and significant vehicles, but up-and-coming events like The Quail Motorsports Gathering have shifted the focus to the new era of exotic cars.

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