2024 BMW 8 Series vs. Porsche Panamera: Photo Face-Off

The Porsche Panamera’s third iteration brings subtle yet important updates. It continues to rival the likes of the Audi A7, Mercedes-AMG GT, and, most notably, the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe. Porsche aims to attract buyers with its classic responsive handling and eye-catching design in the niche yet expanding six-figure sedan market. But the question remains: how does this refreshed Panamera compare to the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe in style?

The exterior of the new Porsche Panamera shows minimal changes. A small air inlet above the front license plate is notable, enhancing airflow. Contrary to Porsche’s claim of a “fundamentally revamped appearance” for the 2018 model, the alterations are modest. The windows have been slightly adjusted to align with the flared fenders, and the hood lines are more defined. The rear features a new, single taillight that spans its width. Turbo E-Hybrid models stand out with chrome-plated tailpipes, a painted diffuser, centre-lock wheels — a unique choice for a luxury sedan — and grey ‘Turbonite’ accents.

The 2019 Porsche Panamera’s exterior shows few changes. A notable addition is a small air vent above the front license plate, enhancing airflow. Despite Porsche’s assertion of a “fundamentally revamped appearance” for the 2018 model, the modifications are subtle. Sharper hood lines and slightly repositioned windows align better with the flared fenders. At the back, a new, full-width single taillight is introduced. Turbo E-Hybrid models distinguish themselves with chrome-plated tailpipes, a painted diffuser, centre-lock wheels – a rare feature for luxury sedans – and grey ‘Turbonite’ accents.

The interior of the latest Panamera keeps pace with its rivals, offering more of an evolution than a revolution in luxury. Now available is a 10.9-inch display for the passenger featuring infotainment and streaming functions. Options now include non-leather materials, similar to what’s found in the BMW 8 Series. Both vehicles boast app integration, adjustable ambient lighting, and compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

BMW enthusiasts know the 8 Series well, offering a turbo-six or twin-turbo eight-cylinder engine. Power-wise, it trails behind the Panamera on all fronts. Porsche aims to introduce up to four hybrid Panamera models, unlike the non-hybrid 8 Series. Deciding a clear winner requires assessing Panamera’s different trims. Yet, the Panamera boasts greater versatility than the existing 8 Series.

Expect the 2024 Porsche Panamera to hit European markets by March 2024. By then, the BMW 8 Series will have moved to its 2025 model year with few changes. The 8 Series currently offers slightly less prestige but more economical performance, notably with the M8 Competition Gran Coupe starting at $138,800 – much less than the Panamera E-Hybrid’s anticipated $200K+ price tag.

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