2017 Porsche Panamera Executive Goes Long in Hopes of a Touchdown
Even though the new second generation Porsche Panamera isn’t even in showrooms yet (at least, not in significant numbers), the company is already damn-near doubling the size of its big fastback sedan family. At the bottom of the range resides the Panamera, with rear-wheel-drive and a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 de-tuned to (a still quite perky) 330 horsepower, while at the upper end, the Panamera 4, 4S, 4 E-Hybrid and Turbo are getting long-wheelbase Executive versions.
In addition to the extra 5.9” of metal and glass between the B- and C-pillars, the rear of the Panamera Executives’ cabins also get heated, multi-way power adjustable bucket seats, power sunshades, dual foldout tables, and optional dual 10.1” digital displays suspended from the front seatbacks. Granted, these factory-stretched variants are more of a nod to the Chinese market where chauffeurs and LWB versions of sedans – many of which are built and/or sold there and there only – are common, but we imagine quite a few western buyers who aren’t necessarily into the pleasures of a Porsche driving experience will choose one of the four flavors of Panamera Executive over the obvious S-Class, 7 Series and their ilk.