The second generation of the luxury saloon has just been introduced late last month and few people have even seen it in the metal, but it seems the Germans aren’t wasting any time.
That’s because the company has already launched its official US online configurator. The model is offered alongside the older generation, with the more modern offering being allowed for configuration in its available two versions. There will be more as we go along but for now clients are allowed to fiddle with the 4S and Turbo. We also have the starting prices for the US version of the Panamera – the base offering 4S goes from $99,900 (MSRP) and the Turbo, with its high performance credentials, will start from $146,900 (MSRP). If you think the prices are steep, wait till you play around with the optional list – the standard model alone can be configured for about $50k worth of extra amenities – which is about the price of a well equipped BMW 3 Series.
For example, you can go for the Sport Chrono Package that will improve the sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) by 0.2 seconds. Or you can opt for the sport exhaust system ($3,490), ceramic composite brakes ($8,960), and rear axle steering ($1,610). Meanwhile, upgrade to the Turbo and the run to 62 mph will last just 3.6 seconds, with a spectacular maximum speed of 190 mph (306 km/h). In other news, the rumors are pegging more and more Panamera options. We should expect an even “cheaper” base version, another Turbo S flagship, as well as a green hybrid. On top of the latter, it’s rumored we are going to see a range-topping version that borrows the tech from the 918 Spyder.