Not everyone who owns a flashy sports car wants to stand out but Porsche has unveiled the perfect subtle Panamera for such people
The Panamera Platinum Edition is set to arrive in Australia from the second quarter of 2022, with prices starting at $205,400 (before on-road costs) and a full debut set to take place at the LA Auto Show on November 17.
Buyers can option the Platinum Edition trim to the entry-level Panamera, Panamera 4 and Panamera 4 E-Hybrid grades but only in the sedan body style.
With the second-generation Panamera on sale in Australia since May 2016, the Platinum Edition will help it compete with rivals such as the recently updated Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi S8 and even the all-electric Porsche Taycan for sales.
The changes that come with the Platinum Edition are subtle and primarily seek to tweak the exterior design to provide a more sombre and understated look.
This begins with its Satin Gloss Platinum base colour, matched with the exclusive 21-inch Design Sport wheels and side air vents finished in a contrasting Platinum colour.
Buyers keen on tyres with a bit more sidewall can option the smaller 20-inch Panamera Style wheels finished in the same colour.
Designers continue the dark theme with black quad exhausts, gloss black side window trims and a unique taillight design.
Those who opt for the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will also receive a 7.2kW AC charger as standard.
Porsche has fitted the Panameras with ‘Platinum Edition’ badging on the brushed aluminium door sills, matched with aluminium on the front headrests that are etched with the Porsche logo.
Other additions include a GT Sport steering wheel, heated rear seats and an analogue clock in the centre of the dash.
Most grades of the Panamera make use of a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol coupled to an eight-speed ‘PDK’ dual-clutch automatic transmission but that is where the similarities end.
While both the Panamera and Panamera 4 grades are equipped with engines producing 243kW of power and 450Nm of torque, the former sends its power exclusively to the rear wheels while the latter features all-wheel drive – hence the name.
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is fitted with an extra electric motor making 100kW/400Nm, pushing the total system outputs up to 340kW/700Nm.
Powered by a 17.9kWh lithium-ion battery, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid can travel up to 56km on a single charge, according to conservative WLTP testing.
Porsche Panamera 2022: prices in Australia
All prices listed are before on-road costs.
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