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- 2012 Porsche Panamera Facelift
It seems like just yesterday that we were scratching our heads over the Porsche Panamera’s ungainly four-door proportions. Now, after the Porsche-branded sports sedan/four-door coupe has been on the market for two years, the design has grown on us and we no longer find ourselves holding back our gag reflexes. With the car now approaching middle age, it’s time for Porsche to start working on a refresh. And who was on the scene to capture the first shots of the facelifted four-door Porsche? None other than our trusty spy photographer, of course.
Cleverly-placed bodywork helps disguise this Porsche Panamera test mule as the current model. We might almost be fooled, except this car’s headlights look much rounder – possibly hinting at a new Porsche 911 (Porsche 991) influence. From the A-pillar back, things look pretty much business as usual, though our source suggests this is an early prototype.
This test mule appears to wear the larger 15.35-inch front brakes of the Turbo and Turbo S model, which might mean this is a Turbo model, but could also point to a brake upgrade across the entire Porsche Panamera lineup. The rear taillights and valance don’t look much different from the current model, but you can likely expect a few minor changes to appear when the car finally breaks cover, possibly sometime in the coming auto show season.
Facelifted 2012 Porsche Panamera Spy shots:
- Black Edition
- Porsche Panamera Tuning
Black – the most dominant of all colors. In various cultures of the world, it symbolizes characteristics such as individuality, independence and experience – concepts that characterize TechArt and its customers. Reason enough to put the combined experience and individuality from TechArt to work in order to give the Porsche Panamera a unique appearance – the TechArt Porsche Panamera Black Edition.
The Porsche Panamera captivates with its exterior kept entirely in matt black. From the TechArt Aerodynamic Kit I to the multifunctional TechArt daytime running light system in black and the TechArt exhaust system, all exterior components across the board merge equally seamlessly into the matt black design.
Just the red TechArt logotype gleaming through the spokes of the sporty TechArt 22-inch Formula II light alloy wheels provides a point of contrast in the deep black and powerful appearance of the four-seater.
In the vehicle interior, the Black Edition also does credit to its name. Materials of the highest quality reflect the individual design of the exterior also in the internal space of the Porsche Panamera. Finest black leather combined with alcantara as well as hand-sewed decorative stitching and leather piping in flamenco red let the driver feel the impressive TechArt character. In addition, all interior components like trims, door entry guards, cup holder or air vents present themselves in a premium matt black painted design. Quality and precision in every detail – typical TechArt.
TechArt Tuning – Porsche Panamera Black Edition Picture Gallery:
Porsche Panamera review – Exterior
Porsche Panamera review – Interior
Porsche Panamera review – Practicality
Porsche Panamera review – Ride and handling
Porsche Panamera review – Performance
Eight different engine variants are available in the Porsche Panamera, including a hybrid and diesel and it’s the latter which will account for more than half of all sales. Although, at 6.8 seconds to reach 62mph the 3-litre V6 diesel is the slowest in the range, its exceptionally smooth and powerful, offering 250bhp and 405lb/ft of pulling power. Porsche’s engineers have modified the exhaust to disguise the diesel thrum, so few would guess it’s an oil-burner. The S Hybrid will account for around 10 per cent of sales, but despite packing 380bhp, its 0-62mph time of six seconds is slightly disappointing; although rarely are hybrids this much fun. The entry-level model, badged Porsche Panamera has a 300bhp, 3.6-litre engine for a 6.3 second 0-62mph time, and the four-wheel drive Porsche Panamera 4 with the same engine cuts this to 6.1 seconds. The Porsche Panamera S, 4S, Turbo and Turbo S share the same 4.8-litre V8. The S and 4S develop 400bhp for 5.4 and five second 0-62mph times respectively, while the 500bhp Turbo cuts this to 4.2 seconds. With the 550bhp Turbo S taking just 3.8 seconds to reach this market, it’s a genuine supercar.
Porsche Panamera review – Running costs
Porsche Panamera review – Reliability
Porsche Panamera review – Safety
Porsche Panamera review – Equipment
Porsche Panamera review – Why buy?
- Impressive ride and handling
- Powerful petrol, diesel and hybrid engines
- First-rate interior
Porsche Panamera Cons
- High running costs
- Poor rear visibility
- Rivals offer more luggage space
- Celebrity Car
- Dwight Howard
- Black Porsche Panamera
Superman, Dwight Howard, drives a murdered out Porsche Panamera. Dwight Howard (born December 8, 1985) is a superstar NBA player who plays for the Orlando Magic. His Porsche Panamera is all black with black 22″ Savini Mono SM3 wheels and red Brembo breaks. It’s one of the better Porsche Panamera’s we’ve seen.