The Panamera’s existence no longer provokes raised eyebrows or deep sighs, but its appearance remains a debatable virtue.
The ‘realignment’ Porsche describes may not leap from the page, but closer attention reveals a conscientious effort to edge the design closer to that of the 911.
At the back, where the roofline is 20mm lower than before, it gains a more recognisably Porsche ‘flyline’ profile, augmented by four-point brake lights and an LED strip linking them. Other proportional tweaks include a 30mm wheelbase extension and a reduced front overhang.
The platform’s versatility allows a long-wheelbase version to be built simultaneously at the same factory in Leipzig.
The body uses more aluminium than before, adding the body sides and roof to the aluminium door panels, bonnet, tailgate and front wings of the previous model. Ultra-high-strength, hot-formed steels are deployed elsewhere, most notably for the passenger cell.