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2024 Porsche Panamera: 4 Things We’re Excited For

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The redesigned 2024 Porsche Panamera is proof the brand hasn’t given up on its flagship hatchback. Quite the opposite, actually; with an extensive suite of innovative technology and an aggressive, purposeful design, the third-gen Panamera shows there’s still plenty of love left for this executive missile in Zuffenhausen — and as is usually the case with the latest technologic tour de force emerging from Germany, there is a suite of features, gadgets and gizmos we can’t wait to check out in person.

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1. Active Suspension Activates Our Hearts

Out of all this fresh hardware, it’s the new Panamera’s active suspension that has us the most excited. The car is the debut canvas for the Porsche Active Ride system. Be careful not to confuse PAR with the longstanding Porsche Active Suspension Management system; launched when the first-generation Cayenne SUV debuted for 2003, PASM is an adaptive augmentation of either standard struts or air suspension, offering the ability to soften or stiffen the suspension depending on the driver’s wishes and selected drive mode. The effects of PASM are linked throughout the chassis, offering selectable variations of what we already know and expect from a traditional suspension.

Think of the new PAR system as a significantly upgraded evolution of adaptive suspension. Each shock absorber wears an electric motor and hydraulic pump that cycles fluid in and out of the shock, eliminating the need for an anti-roll bar and allowing each wheel to be controlled and managed independently of each other. It sounds relatively mundane, but according to Porsche, this suspension keeps the body of the Panamera flat during heavy braking, steering and acceleration. Select a PAR setting, and the system can make the car “lean into corners like a motorcycle, lean forward under acceleration and tilt back under braking.”

We’ll report back after we get our first crack at the 2024 Panamera to see what 30 years has done for the technology, though we’ll need to grab one of the four hybrid models, as Porsche says PAR is only offered on hybrid variants.

2. The Turbo Goes Its Own Way

Porsche nuts have always had an easy job picking 911 Turbos out in a crowd, as a widened body, rear intake vents and a fixed, low-profile rear-wing are easy signifiers. Not so with the Panamera; unless you’re able to catch a glimpse of the script on the sedan’s rear end, there’s usually little to differentiate the range-topping Panamera from an upfitted base trim. This must have bothered its moneyed clientele enough for Porsche to make a change with the launch of the new Turbonite treatment, an accent color that darkens the interior and exterior trim.

This is most noticeable on the Panamera’s snout, where the previously gold-and-crimson shield is now darkened and burnished, with black filling in for the prior glossy red. The same gunmetal effect is found on the Turbo’s intake blades on the front grille, window surrounds and rear decklid script. Inside, the crest on the steering wheel’s center cap is also Turbonite, as are various interior trim pieces, controls and digital accents on both dash and center console.

For more obvious differentiation, keep your eyes peeled for third-gen Panameras with a set of center-lock wheels. Prior Panamera generations offered buyers of any trim level to outfit their car with wheels from more expensive variants, but Porsche says the new wheels are exclusive to the Turbo models. Porsche hasn’t yet revealed if the wheels are available in any color other than bronze, but this finish matches nicely with the Turbo’s dark bronze tailpipes.

3. Sonderwunsch Sounds Off

Of course, even if Porsche says it’s gotta be bronze, you can always call the craftsfolk in Porsche’s Sonderwunsch division. Porsche has offered Sonderwunsch — translated as “special request” — services since the 1950s, but the program was formally established in the 1970s as its official customization division. Seldom advertised, the program was put on the backburner after the 1990s, though it was never really closed for good. As interest in Porsche’s famed paint-to-sample program soared over the last decade, Porsche relaunched the division in 2021 with expanded resources and capabilities.

So, what does this have to do with the new Panamera? While the majority of Sonderwunsch projects are commissioned for various 911 and 718 models, along with older cars, Porsche would very much like you to know that these services are not limited to its sports cars and extends through the entire product range. To promote the division’s four-door agenda, Porsche ran a 2024 Panamera Turbo through Sonderwunsch’s workshop, coming out the other side wearing a striking two-tone Leblon Violet Metallic paint scheme. You, too, can receive this treatment if you’re interested and have pockets deep enough. Want an overland-ready Cayenne? Just let the company know if you’ll need a roof tent. A Taycan the color of your childhood bedroom? That’s easy. How about a base Macan with seats from a GT3 RS? Strange, but Sonderwunsch doesn’t judge (openly).

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4. Digital Revolution

The great Taycanification is upon us. The debut of the 2020 Taycan could be seen as the tandem debut of a 750-horsepower twin-motor crystal ball, with Porsche’s first true electric vehicle giving us a stylistic and technological peek into the future of the brand. The super-sedan’s all-digital cockpit, dash layout and shifter placement were all sure-thing bets on forthcoming Porsches, and it looks like the new Panamera is one of the first to get the treatment.

Aside from obvious changes for shifter placement and the center control stack, it looks like the analog gauges are gone for good. The current 992’s combo analog-digital gauge cluster showed purists that nothing’s sacred, but the Panamera’s new digital dash is a sign that everything can change.

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