Porsche unveils new and improved Panamera

by Myron Love  . Nov 18 2016
Graeme Fletcher / Postmedia Network Inc.For 2017 Porsche has completely redesigned the Panamera, making it slightly larger than its predecessor and more powerful.

Graeme Fletcher / Postmedia Network Inc.

For 2017 Porsche has completely redesigned the Panamera, making it slightly larger than its predecessor and more powerful.

About 50 invited guests showed up at Porsche Centre Winnipeg on Nov. 7 for a special showing of the all-new 2017 Panamera. The turbo-powered model was at the dealership from noon to 6 p.m. as part of a cross-Canada introductory tour, Porsche Centre Winnipeg sales manager Anderson Le says.

“The Panamera has been completely redesigned from the ground up,” Le says. “This is a very high-performance vehicle that competed well with the best of Ferrari and Italia race cars at the Nurburgring Grand Prix race track in Germany.”

The new model is slightly larger than its predecessor. It’s also more powerful. Le points out that the model that came by the dealership is powered by a four-litre twin-turbo V-8 engine that produces 550 horsepower.

On the outside, the new Panamera has a lower roofline over the rear seats, a retractable spoiler in the rear and rear-end LED lighting that is modelled on the Porsche 911.

The model has a carbon-fibre interior, Le notes, adaptive cruise control and new creature comforts such as rear heated and ventilated seats and a touchscreen interface in the centre console, with a large TFT screen above the console.

Among the options are a touchscreen interface for the rear seats, Burmester sound system, night vision assist (which is new for Porsche), massaging front seats (also a first for Porsche) and a new Sport Chrono Package that features a separate switch on the steering wheel that allows for different chassis settings.

The new model retails for about $200,000, Le says.

“We have already sold out our limited allotment,” Le says. “We are taking deposits for new orders. We expect that the new models should be available beginning in January.”

New 2017 Mercedes models on display

Porsche Centre Winnipeg is not the only Winnipeg luxury dealer showcasing a new limited production model. In late October, Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg welcomed the all-new 2017 Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe to its showroom.

“This is a complete redesign,” says Mercedes-Benz Winnipeg sales rep Michael Okoye. “The new model has a sleeker, more aggressive, more rounded look.”

The ’17 AMG C63 coupe is powered by a more powerful, more fuel efficient twin-turbocharged 4L V-8 engine (as compared to a 6.2L engine in its predecessor) that produces 469 hp in the AMG C63 coupe and 503 hp in the AMG C63 S coupe.

Okoye notes that inside, drivers can press a button that can either make the AMG Performance exhaust system louder or quieter.

Inside, he points out the panoramic sunroof, the waterfall-like dashboard and the larger screen. “The touch pad allows for easier navigation using the screen,” he says.

The cost of the new SMG C63 Coupe ranges from $85,000 to $106,000.

“We just have the one model in right now,” Okoye says. “A lot of people have stopped to take a look at it. It’s really eye-catching.”

Also all new is the 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC43 crossover, which, Okoye points out, replaces the GLK and is the manufacturer’s first AMG-inspired GLC model.

“This model is sportier than its predecessor, has a larger engine and a sportier exhaust,” Okoye notes.

The new AWd GLC43 is powered by a 3L twin-turbo V-6 engine — with a nine-speed automatic transmission — that puts out 362 hp and 384 pound-feet of torque.

Okoye notes that the new vehicle is also wider and larger than its predecessor.

He points to the new diamond-pattern front grille, running boards on the sides and fender flares.

Inside, he points out the sports seats, attractive red stitching, the same waterfall-style dashboard as that found in the C63 coupe, sunroof, rear-heated seats and new touchpad screen.

The price of the new AMG GLC43 ranges from about $59,000 to $79,000.

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