2024 Porsche Panamera Brings Engine Upgrades, Suspension Innovation
In its last generation, the Porsche Panamera went from an ugly duckling to an elegant swan. For 2024, the sportback sedan has seen more modest design changes but some big upgrades to its handling and suspension systems. The new Panamera will come in three models at launch, including the Panamera, Panamera 4, and Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid. Unfortunately, it looks like the Panamera Sport Turismo wagon is no longer.
The first two models get a 2.9-liter V6 turbocharged engine with 348 horsepower and 368 lb-ft. of torque. Those represent a 23 horsepower and 37 lb-ft. increase over the prior-gen Panamera. The RWD model can go from 0 to 60 mph in 5.0 seconds, while the all-wheel drive Panamera 4 will do the same in 4.7 seconds. Upgrade to the top-of-the-line Turbo E-Hybrid, and you’ll get a new 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine paired with a 187 horsepower electric motor. Combined, that drivetrain produces 670 horsepower and 685 lb-ft. of torque, launching the comfy 5-seater from a dead stop to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds with a top speed of 195 mph.
A two-chamber, two-valve air suspension comes standard, along with Porsche Active Suspension Management. While this system surely will smooth out bumps, it’s the new Porsche Active Ride system that’s truly innovative. This system features active shock absorbers connected to an electrically controlled hydraulic pump.
This allows the shocks to dramatically change their stiffness between comfort and performance driving and can be set to lean into corners like a motorcycle, lower the Panamera while driving, and raise it for easier access when entering and exiting. Motor Magnet posted a video showing a little bit of this new suspension’s capabilities on Instagram:
Inside, there’s a fully digital instrument panel and widescreen multimedia display, and the center console has a much cleaner look with fewer buttons and a lower overall profile than the outgoing Panamera. There’s also an option for a 10.9-inch display above the glovebox, which lets the front-seat passenger see vehicle performance data without distracting the driver.
Pricing for the 2024 Porsche Panamera starts at $99,900 with the Panamera 4 starting at $106,900. Deliveries start in Spring 2024 for those models, while we’re still waiting for pricing and a launch date for the Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid.