Porsche Panamera

2016 Porsche Panamera

The Porsche Panamera is the closest thing youll find to the blending of a luxury sedan and big fast sports car. The Panamera has a real back seat, comparable in roominess to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, to go with its upscale cabin and powerful driving dynamics. Forget your sports sedans, if you want to step on over to the sport side. Also forget your budget.

The Panamera, although face-lifted for 2013, is at the end of its first generation, with a new design scheduled for 2017. So theres not much new in 2016, but there is a new Edition model, with shiny black trim, 19-inch wheels, two-tone leather, and Bose 14-speaker sound system. Also, now available on all models is the Exclusives rear seat entertainment system, with a 10-inch touchscreen and camera for video calls, as well as WiFi hotspot.

Panamera is fast and its stability at high speeds is superb, but because its long and heavy, its not nearly as nimble as a Porsche 911 or Cayman, or even a Cayenne crossover. After all, it weighs more than two tons.

And dont expect a car like this to be without controversy to come with its originality, extending to its shape. It looks enough like a Porsche in front, but the big round rear end, a fat hatchback, is considered ugly by some. When parked next to other luxury sedans, however, it does look distinctive and arguably is the car that most beckons to be driven.

There are different powertrains and wheelbases, from plug-in hybrid to wannabe supercar to fill-in limo, so the Panamera might compete with many different vehicles, for example the Mercedes-Benz S-Class or CLS-Class, the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, or even the Aston Martin Rapide or Maserati Quattroporte.

There is the base Panamera, Panamera S, Panamera GTS, Panamera Turbo, and Panamera S E-Hybrid. Panamera 4 and Panamera 4S have available all-wheel drive, while the faster Panamera GTS and Panamera Turbo come standard with all-wheel drive. Panamera S E Hybrid is rear-wheel-drive. Executive models feature a wheelbase thats six inches longer.

A 3.6-liter V6 engine comes standard making 310 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, able to accelerate from zero to sixty miles per hour in a quick 5.7 seconds with the Sport Chrono performance package. The S and 4S models get a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 making 420 horsepower, and the Panamera Turbo makes 520 hp from its twin-turbo V8, which can push it to sixty in a very quick 3.7 seconds.

The Porsche PDK 7-speed dual-clutch transmissions is standard on all models except the S E-Hybrid, which uses an 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission.

Also standard is Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC). The Sport Chrono package is optional; its electronics improve acceleration, handling and safety.

Our choice for enthusiasts is the Panamera GTS, with its strong and sweet-sounding 4.8-liter making 440 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque, with all-wheel drive. It handles the best of all the models.

Fuel mileage is decent, with the base Panamera bringing an EPA-estimated 22 miles per gallon Combined with either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The Panamera S and turbocharged 4S only drop 1 mpg, the long wheelbase drops another, the GTS another, and the Turbo a final 1 mpg drop, to 18 mpg Combined. The stop-start system is standard, in default mode, but it can be de-activated.

The hybrid gets the best mileage, with 50 mpg Combined; in gas-only, it gets 25 mpg. It can recharge from a 240-volt outlet in 2.5 hours, or its capable of charging the batteries by using gas power.


2014 Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera offers luxury, space and performance, all in a dizzying array of model choices, configurations, and options. With its massive rear-seat space, Panamera delivers the performance of a sports car, but with luxurious room for four adults.

Porsches first plug-in hybrid joins the Panamera lineup for 2014. The 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is a new battery/gasoline edition that reaches past the previous Panamera S Hybrid with a more powerful electric motor and higher-performance battery. The E-Hybrids electric drive produces 95 horsepower, versus 47 hp from the prior Hybrid. The new lithium-ion battery is rated at 9.4 kWh, while the previous batterys capacity was only 1.7 kWh.

Two new extended-wheelbase Panamera Executive models also are arriving for 2014. Wheelbase and overall length have been lengthened 5.9 inches, allowing even more rear-seat comfort. These big sedans come in Panamera 4S Executive and Panamera Turbo Executive form, the former packing a new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine.

Panamera GTS joined the lineup for 2013, fitting into a gap between the all-wheel-drive Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo. Panamera GTS uses a souped-up, 440-horsepower version of the 430-hp V8 found in the Panamera 4S.

That brings the Panamera lineup to 11 distinct models, if we count correctly, plus a dizzying array of options:

Porsche Panamera and all-wheel drive Panamera 4 are powered by a 310-hp 3.6-liter V6. Panamera S and all-wheel-drive Panamera 4S come with a naturally aspirated 420-hp 4.8-liter V8; Panamera GTS uses a slightly more powerful 440-hp version of that engine. Panamera Turbo and Turbo S are powered by a turbocharged 4.8-liter V8, issuing 520 hp or 570 hp, respectively. Panamera S E-Hybrid uses a 3.0-liter V6 paired with an electric motor; it can be charged at home or at a public facility. All come with Porsches 7-speed, dual-clutch PDK automated transmission.

Panameras exterior design is based on roominess and space efficiency, while attempting to maintain Porsche styling heritage. The look is a love-hate proposition, with little middle ground. We think it looks ungainly from the rear three-quarter view, but park a Panamera among its competition from Mercedes, BMW and Audi, and its the Porsche that stands out, the one that you want to get in and drive. In any case, those who can embrace the styling will be rewarded with a truly substantial, satisfying automobile.

Panamera in standard length is only slightly smaller than the BMW 7 Series, and it delivers the sporting performance of a world-class sports sedan with the comfortable ride and refinement of a luxo-cruiser. Those extremes required a lot of careful engineering. Porsche builds the body from lightweight materials, and puts the engine low and as far back as possible. The Panameras standard adjustable suspension can change the ride from soft but stable to racetrack-ready.

All Panamera models are fast-accelerating. The V6 model hits 60 mph from a standstill in as little as 5.6 seconds, while the V8-powered Panamera S models pull off 0-60 in 5.0 seconds. Panamera Turbo cuts that time to a sports-car bashing 3.6 seconds, with little if any turbo lag and a rush of power that pins you back in your seat. The new E-Hybrid promises 0-60 mph acceleration in an also-swift 5.2 seconds.,

Dont think youre giving up cabin space by choosing a Porsche. Headroom, legroom and hip room in a Panamera rival that of the prior-generation Mercedes S-Class sedan. A standard full-length center console divides Panamera into four distinct and comfortable seating positions. The feel from the drivers seat is much like that in a Porsche 911, only slightly higher off the ground. All of the seats are supportive, without being too firm or too deeply bolstered.

The hatchback design makes the Panamera useful as a family vehicle. With the rear seats up, the rear cargo area is as roomy as the trunk in a mid-size sedan. With the seats down, the Panamera has more cargo room than a luxury wagon, with easy access to a fairly expansive load floor.

Porsche Panamera is, quite simply, one of the best cars in its class. The competition includes Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XJ, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Aston Martin Rapide, and Maserati Quattroporte. The Porsche Panamera doesnt come cheap, and options can add 50 percent to the model price. Yet on another level, given its impact and relative performance, the base Panamera V6 might be considered a deal.


2013 Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera offers luxury, space and performance, all in a dizzying array of model choices and configurations. With its massive rear-seat space, the Panamera delivers the performance of sportscar with luxurious room for four adults.

New for 2013, Panamera GTS fits into a gap between the all-wheel-drive Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo. The 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS uses a souped-up version of the V8 found in the Panamera 4S that's good for 430 horsepower, a 30-hp bump over the 4S. Panamera GTS comes standard with many features found on the more powerful, more expensive Panamera Turbo, including 19-inch wheels, a sport steering wheel and unique interior and exterior trim.

Also new for 2013 is a Platinum edition of the base V6 engine, available in rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel drive. They're fitted with the same 19-inch wheels found on Turbo models and include heated seats with upgraded leather upholstery, navigation, park assist, a sport steering wheel, bi-xenon headlights and unique exterior trim.

Panamera's exterior design is based on roominess and space efficiency while attempting to maintain Porsche styling heritage. The look is a love-hate proposition, with little middle ground. We think it looks ungainly from the rear three-quarter view, but park a Panamera among its competition from BMW and Audi, and it's the Porsche that stands out, the one that you want to get in and drive. In any case, those who can embrace the styling will be rewarded with a truly substantial, satisfying automobile.

Panamera is only slightly smaller than the BMW 7 Series, and it delivers the sporting performance of a world-class sports sedan with the comfortable ride and refinement of a luxo-cruiser. Those extremes required a lot of careful engineering. Porsche builds the body from lightweight materials and puts the engine low and as far back as possible. The Panamera's standard adjustable suspension can change the ride from soft but stable to race track-ready.

All Panamera models are fast. The V6 model hits 60 mph from a standstill in as little as 5.6 seconds, while the V8-powered Panamera S models pull off 0-60 in 5.0 seconds. Panamera Turbo cuts that time to a sports-car bashing 3.6 seconds, with little if any turbo lag and a rush of power that pins you back in your seat.

Don't think you're giving up cabin space by choosing a Porsche. Headroom, legroom and hip room in a Panamera rival that of a 2013 Mercedes S-Class sedan (S-Class is all-new for 2014). A standard full-length center console divides Panamera into four distinct and comfortable seating positions. The feel from the driver's seat is much like that in a Porsche 911, only slightly higher off the ground. All of the seats are supportive without being too firm or too deeply bolstered.

The hatchback design makes the Panamera useful as a family vehicle. With the rear seats up, the rear cargo area is as roomy as the trunk in a mid-size sedan. With the seats down, the Panamera has more cargo room than a luxury wagon, with easy access to a fairly expansive load floor.

Porsche Panamera is one of the best cars in its class. The competition includes Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XJ, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Aston Martin Rapide, and Maserati Quattroporte. The Porsche Panamera doesn't come cheap, and options can add 50 percent to the model price. Yet on another level, given its impact and relative performance, the base Panamera V6 might be considered a deal.



 

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