The Panamera S models receive a twin-turbocharged V6 offering 20 more horsepower than the outgoing V8, while the S hybrid is replaced by a new plug-in hybrid that can be recharged via AC outlet or by the engine. The S E-Hybrid’s electric motor doubles output from last year and its battery pack gains increased capacity.
Originally introduced for the 2010 model year, the 2014 Panamera receives a mid-cycle freshening, which is thorough enough that Porsche has decided to dub the car Panamera II. (We will refrain from using this naming scheme, however.) If you thought the Ford F-150 came in every nuance and flavor under the sun, the 2014 Panamera lineup has likewise ballooned to nine models available in two wheelbases and powered by five different engines.
There are some appearance updates a more-teardropesque shape to the headlamps, bigger nostrils in the front fascia, a flatter liftgate window, lower mounting for the rear license plate, and revised taillamps but you’d have to be a Panamerologist to notice without the previous-year car alongside for reference.
The rear-wheel-drive base Porsche Panamera and all-wheel-drive Panamera 4 are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 310 hp and 295 pound-feet of torque. In Edmunds testing, an earlier Panamera V6 with 10 fewer hp accelerated from zero to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds.
Like every non-hybrid Panamera, these entry-level V6 models feature a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission known as PDK. Automatic engine stop-start functionality is standard to help conserve fuel on all models as well, and you’ll notice that with Porsche’s system, the engine will sometimes shut off before you come to a full stop to maximize efficiency.
The rear-wheel-drive Porsche Panamera S and all-wheel-drive 4S get a new twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 for 2014. Rated at 420 hp and 384 lb-ft, this motor should be good for 0-60 sprints in the mid-4-second range, according to Porsche, which is comparable to the outgoing V8-powered 4S.
The rear-wheel-drive GTS retains its 4.8-liter V8 and gets a boost to 440 hp this year; the torque rating of 384 lb-ft is unchanged. We ran the previous 430-hp GTS to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds.
The all-wheel-drive Panamera Turbo gets a twin-turbocharged version of the same V8 for a grand total of 520 hp (20 more than last year) and 516 lb-ft of torque. The optional Sport Chrono package temporarily increases maximum torque to 568 lb-ft. Acceleration is supercar-grade, with 60 mph attainable in well under 4 seconds. If you’re looking for the Turbo S, it’s on vacation this year. Watch for a comeback in 2015.
Finally, the rear-wheel-drive plug-in Panamera S E-Hybrid receives an Audi-sourced supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that’s paired with a 95-hp electric motor for a combined maximum output of 416 hp and 435 lb-ft, up from 380/428 in last year’s Hybrid. Boasting a much larger lithium-ion battery pack this year, the S E-Hybrid can travel an estimated 20 miles on pure electric power at speeds up to 84 mph, and a full recharge can be achieved in 2.5 hours on 240-volt current. The only available transmission is a conventional eight-speed automatic with manual shift control. Porsche estimates a 0-60 sprint of 5.2 seconds, which is roughly a half-second quicker than the old Hybrid. The plug-in Panamera also has an EV driving mode, but it’s intended more for putting along in the city than sustained highway use: It takes more than twice as long to reach 60 mph in all-electric mode.
The vehicle comes standard with anti-lock brakes, stability control and 10 airbags (front, front side, front knee, rear side and full-length side curtain). The optional ceramic-composite brakes add a hefty sum to the bottom line but also improve stopping power significantly.
The upgraded Panamera was launched in Germany in July, and it will be priced from 81,849 euros for the diesel. The Panamera S will cost 101,841 euros, the 4S 107,196 euros and the S E-Hybrid 110,409 euros. This will be followed by the GTS and its 121,595 euros price. The top of the line Panamera Turbo starts at 145,990 euros and the Panamera Turbo Executive at 163,364 euros