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The Porsche Panamera Mk2 is a huge step up from its predecessor. It uses a new platform and new engines, while the interior has also been improved. It even looks a lot more appealing than before, with sleeker lines and some interesting, eye-catching design details.

It drives like a true luxury car, but the chassis still delivers the capabilities you’d expect from a Porsche when it comes to driving feel.

Combined with a large hatchback, a large luggage compartment and with a lot of technology packed in the cabin, it all makes the Panamera an extremely livable car. As well as one that is comfortable and rewarding enough to drive to suit any mood.

About Porsche Panamera

The Panamera occupies a neat place in the Porsche lineup, offering the low dynamics of a car 911with the practicality and spaciousness of a Cayenne. It shares its platform with SUVbut mostly in terms of luxury, this somewhat justifies the £73,000 to £146,000 price bracket.

The German manufacturer has also given Panamera customers more choice in the range – offering a standard wheelbase hatchback, or Sport Turismo ‘shooting brake’ offers a bit of pragmatism.

Porsche added a new one Panamera GTS variant in 2018, using a smaller variant of the flagship model’s twin-turbo V8. It features a number of visual tweaks to increase the car’s appeal, including a less conservative bodykit, a bunch of gloss black trim and a larger active rear spoiler.

The GTS is arguably the pinnacle of the Panamera lineup, delivering the performance and driving dynamics you’d expect from a Porsche, without sacrificing the luxury and refinement of the standard car.

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The hybrid flagship is Panamera Turbo S E-Hybridtake the electric motor from the 4 E-Hybrid to make a total of 690bhp and deliver a 0-62mph time of 3.2 seconds.

But while the E-Hybrid and Turbo S models grab the headlines and win the Top Trumps oddball game, the Panamera remains an expensive purchase. Other competitors include Audi A7 Sportback, BMW 8 Series and Maserati Quattroportewhile Tesla Model WILL is an all-electric alternative.

Where the latest Panamera improves on the original, aside from its more appealing looks, is the high-tech interior. It really keeps the game going, with a bunch of great connectivity systems. As you’d expect, the different trim levels try to entice you to share the extra money, but there’s a certain degree of equipment present in each vehicle.

Porsche has upgraded the second-generation Panamera to a facelift in 2020, with all models now including the previously optional Sport Design front fascia, larger air intakes, side cooling and single bar front light module. New LED taillights are also added, while the GTS version has a dark rear light cluster.

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