A Porsche Panamera Wagon Will Go on Sale Later This Year

Look for the production long-roof Panamera to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

Back in 2012, Porsche showed off a Panamera station wagon concept, called the Panamera Sport Turismo (pictured above), at the Paris Motor Show. But while it didn’t head to production for that generation, Porsche promised the new Panamera would get a wagon variant. And we’ll get to see it in March.

The UK’s CAR magazine recently spoke with Dr. Stefan Utsch, Porsche’s head of sales and marketing for the Panamera, who said a five-door version of the Panamera will debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. According to CAR, the production Panamera wagon will look a lot like the 2012 concept. Even better, it will go on sale later this year.

One thing Utsch didn’t say, however, is when the new Panamera wagon will arrive in the States. We found out last May that it’s definitely coming to the U.S., but at the time, Porsche CEO Klaus Zellmer said “we have to have some patience for [the wagon] to arrive in the U.S.”

Hopefully, that means only a slight delay. As great as the new Panamera is to drive, we think a five-door would be even cooler.

Video credit: Porsche via YouTube


Yep, There’s a New 2018 Ford Mustang Convertible Now

Hey look at that! It looks like the hardtop, but minus the roof.

Ford showed off the lightly-restyled 2018 Mustang hardtop last week, but something was missing. Something roofless. Fear not: The 2018 Mustang convertible is here to fulfill all of your fantasies of rock-and-rollin’ down the highway with the wind in your hair.

Ford only released two images of the new drop-top Mustang, which, truth be told, looks a whole hell of a lot like the hardtop shown last week. Just, y’know, with a disappearing roof-thing. The only major styling updates to both coupe and convertible come in the form of a slightly lower hood, reshaped headlights, a pointier prow, and some very minor rear fascia changes. Here’s a spotter’s guide to help you recognize a 2018 Mustang from its 2015, 2016, and 2017 siblings.

Like the hardtop, the convertible ‘Stang gets some important updates under the skin. Gone is the V6 engine, leaving either the 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder or the 5.0-liter V8 as your only drivetrain options. Both engines get an as-yet-unspecified boost in power for 2018. Either engine can be had with a six-speed manual or the new 10-speed automatic transmission found in the Ford Raptor and the Chevy Camaro ZL1.

More importantly, for 2018 Ford is blessing Performance Package Mustangs with MagneRide, an available magnetorheological adaptive damping system. This technology was previously only available on the Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R, and we can’t wait to see what it does to the garden-variety Mustangs. The Performance Package is now available on both hardtop and convertible ‘Stangs with either the stick shift or automatic transmission.

Other small updates, like a new fully-digital instrument panel and some additional collision avoidance technology, round out the Mustang’s mid-cycle refresh. Pricing and availability have not yet been announced, but we expect the 2018 Mustang to hit dealerships toward the end of this year.

Article source: Road & Track


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