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Naked 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo S Leaked, Shows 4.0L V8 and Analog Rev Counter

With Le Mans over (Porsche's 18th trophy, remember?), Zuffenhausen can return to its road car business, with Porsche currently focusing on slowly revealing the second-generation Panamera.
2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo S 7 photos
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After the Germans deployed an almost naked Panamera in traffic (we brought you the spotting yesterday), the time has now come for the four-door to "leak" online in fully bare metal.

So, ladies and gentlemen drivers, you're looking at the 2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo S. While it's only normal for Porsche to kickstart the adventure with the range-topping (at least so far) Turbo S, the Panamera's case specifically required such a move.

It all has to do with the vehicle's appearance and even more importantly, with the way it looks when caught on camera. Since the first incarnation of the model wasn't the prettiest model in the Porsche stable, many expected its successor to deliver a serious shift of attitude.

To our eyes, the second generation partially retains the opinion-splitting look of the first, but a fully gifted Turbo S makes that unnoticeable. And we can't end this part of the story without mentioning that the Panamera's looks only seem less than an A+ until you park one next to a second-gen CLS or and A7 and notice none of these machines look as stunning as they could. The Maserati Quattroporte and Jaguar's aging XJ are quite good at visually charming the beholder, though.

Nevertheless, the leaked images above also show us the instrument cluster of the machine. While Porsche has kept the 911-esque five-instrument layout and most of the dash has gone digital, the centrally-positioned rev counter keeps the analog tradition.

We also get an image of the (individual) back seats. The obvious change here comes from the center console, which mixes a respectably-sized infotainment display with the new capacitive controls we showed you in the early spyshots.

However, the big question has to do with the comfort this area of the car provides. The first generation left certain things to be desired in terms of access and room, which is one of the reasons for which Porsche delivered the Panamera Exclusive afterthought, offering an elongated wheelbase. Here's to hoping the new model gets it right from the very beginning.

The engine compartment. This is another area revealed here, as we get to see the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 replacing Porsche's TT 4.8-liter vee-eight.

While we don't have the specs for the Turbo S yet, we can tell you that, when the Turbo badge is used, the powerplant delivers 550 hp and 567 lb-ft (769 Nm) of twist. The change has brought a 30 percent jump in efficiency, but we'll have to wait for the official data to arrive before going further into the motivation matter.

What we don't see here, though, is the new eight-speed dual-clutch tranny. ZF has now delivered the second-generation PDK and we have a feeling we'll have plenty of details to discuss here.

We wonder how many other new Panamera-related goodies we'll receive until the vehicle's official unveiling, which is set for June 28.

 
 
 
 
 

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