This is our best look yet at the 2024 Porsche Panamera.
Our spy photographers have captured a prototype of the upcoming next-gen Panamera undergoing testing at the Nurburgring ahead of its expected reveal later this year.
There’s little in the way of disguise, with only small bits of camouflage around the headlights, on the side air vents, and near the tail lights.
This new-generation Panamera appears to have evolutionary exterior design, with the overall profile carrying over. It’s unclear just how much will change under the skin.
At the front there are new headlights with a different lighting signature, an updated front fascia with a larger main air intake, and more pronounced side air intakes.
This prototype appears to retain a similar double daytime running light/indicator signature to the current-generation Panamera GTS, Turbo S and Turbo S E-Hybrid models.
Although there aren’t any notable changes on the side, the back is squarer and features a refreshed bumper and tail light setup. The retractable, active spoiler carries over to the new model.
While we didn’t get a look at the interior of this particular prototype, a previous example has shown it’ll be inspired by the all-electric Taycan.
Ahead of the driver appears to be a curved digital instrument cluster. The current Panamera has a partial digital cluster with an analogue rev counter in the middle.
In between the digital instrument cluster and central infotainment screen is a small gear selector toggle. This is like the Taycan, as well as the recently updated Cayenne.
Elements that appeared to have carried over from the current-generation Panamera include the climate control knobs and touch-sensitive buttons on the central tunnel, although they aren’t flanking the gear lever.
A start button can also be seen where the electric park brake is on the current model.
Seeing the dashboard on this Panamera prototype is so similar to the Taycan, the next-generation model could offer a front passenger screen as an option. The updated Cayenne recently picked up this feature.
At this stage it’s unclear what Porsche will do with the engine line-up for this new Panamera.
Currently, the base engine is a 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 engine producing 243kW of power and 450Nm of torque.
There’s also a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version of this powertrain that adds an electric motor and a 17.9kWh lithium-ion battery pack, good for a combined power output of 340kW or 412kW, depending on the variant.
A 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine is also available, producing 353kW and 620Nm in the GTS and 463kW and 820Nm in the Turbo S.
Sitting atop the range is the Turbo S E-Hybrid, using a PHEV version of the V8 powertrain with total system outputs of 514kW and 870Nm.
The Panamera is a considerably lower volume vehicle for Porsche Australia than even the brand’s sports cars.
Porsche has sold a total of 16 Panamera examples to the end of April 2023, against 112 examples of the 911, 104 examples of the 718, and 130 examples of the similarly sized Taycan.