New Porsche Panamera Review

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Porsche Panamera

First drive review: Panamera

Jonathan Hawley

New Panamera

New Porsche Panamera 4S.

the#160; plug-in hybrid of the new Panamera #160;is grabbing for its combination of usefully low fuel and better than average the fact is that#160; Porsche also waved its magic over the rest of the range.

the Panamera is far from being a car by world standards #8211; 29,000 of the current model homes annually around the #8211; the new model is available an almost bewildering array of transmissions, and now even body

That includes no less six different engines, both new and starting with a naturally 3.6-litre V6 in the base car, a V6 diesel, a smaller 3.0-litre V6 turbo, a different 3.0-litre V6 in the S E-Hybrid and a 4.8 litre-V8 both and not.

The 3.0-litre turbo V6 goes into the $287,000 S and the more expensive all-wheel-drive 4S is the most interesting. It replaces the V8 in the current model and while in capacity manages to out-power it by 309kW instead of 294kW, the new model more acceleration and a top speed according to Porsche#8217;s

Despite the extra grunt, the new uses less fuel and less carbon dioxide.

If the hybrid is a view of one possible for Porsche then this is this engine is sure to the upcoming#160; Macan small SUV the#160; existing Cayenne . but is as likely to be used in an upcoming based on the Panamera.

Porsche say this V6 #8211; which is a cut down version of the existing V8 two less cylinders #8211; can be boosted to much higher levels and so its 309kW output is the beginning.

In the Panamera S it works a providing ample pulling low in the rev range. Maximum torque of is developed at just 1750rpm, 2000rpm lower than the V8. That means that the big four-door Panamera in cruise it will waft along with little effort from the driver to cover quickly and comfortably.

But it is also of a powerhouse when pushed At full throttle, with the force-feeding the engine at maximum there#8217;s no lack of acceleration, and claims the 1810kg Panamera S hit 100km/h from standstill in 5.1 Despite being 60kg again, the 4S cuts that to 4.8 seconds thanks to better off the line.

The only downside is that if you the noise a V8 makes, the new Panamera S is to disappoint. From within the you can hear the turbo V6 … of air, but there#8217;s precious exhaust noise and nothing in the way of and thunder.

That#8217;s all provided by the GTS which is patently the sportiest in the range, despite having a powerful engine than the expensive Turbo model. At the GTS is not cheap but it does prove life in the V8 yet: not only the exhaust snuffle and snarl the engine is prodded but it steers directly, has abundant grip on its tyres and the air-sprung suspension is for flat handling and abundant

Perhaps surprisingly, the $382,000 is tuned more for comfort being more powerful the naturally aspirated GTS, 382kW on tap versus 324. Its is more abundant torque for getaways at low speed, and it even less fuel than the GTS its engine needs less for more performance.

But it doesn#8217;t have the same honed steering, the exhaust is more subdued and the race-style steering wheel in the GTS is also from the Turbo. In simple one is a very big hot hatch, the other a grand tourer.

There also be a Turbo S model next year with a power curve if the standard 305km/h top speed and 0-100km/h of 4.1 seconds isn#8217;t enough.

at first glance the facelifted doesn#8217;t look terribly to the original model, Porsche has a surprising amount of work to the design of its large and somewhat liftback.

The front end gets a new skin which has allowed for headlights (that are standard units with LED headlamps and more horizontal elements to the ducts to give the car a flatter, look. On top of that, there#8217;s a new with a more pronounced bulge.

At the rear there#8217;s a new bumper and reshaped tail and the licence plate holder has lowed closer to ground The tailgate is all new with increased area and a powered lift but despite the extra daylight it#8217;s still a difficult car which to see rearward from the seat.

Suspension has been revised the range for greater ride a move that is most in the conventionally sprung versions as the S, which feels almost in the way in handles bumps compared the somewhat harsh ride of the version.

Air sprung models as the Turbo, GTS and E-Hybrid have benefitted from new shock settings and more solid suspension mounts and it is something of an by Porsche to now provide a better average degree of comfort epic amounts of grip.

said, in any version the Panamera feels anything other a wide, heavy car on twisting It is fast, but quite unlike smaller sports cars. the Panamera comes into its own is on high-speed flowing roads, the combination of ample power and size make it an interesting to other large sedans.

For who have the money, at least.

23 comments so far

Butt ugly and expensive. At least a Subaru, or Toyota is affordable. I love the of 1800kg+ cars trying to be especially when it’s a car the never asked for.

daffy Location Date and June 28, 2013, 11:43AM

hard truth the Panamera is number 1 seller. Thankfully you are not cast designer, you would them bankrupt

Commenter hj Date and time June 28, 7:41PM

Yes, but those manufacturers you mentioned make that don’t come to any Porsche, nor should they be in any discussion with Porsche.

Wes Mantooth Location Date and June 28, 2013, 8:46PM

Oh if second best (Porsche is no substitute) floats your spend your doe on one of those marques. Fact is you don’t drive a race track and brands are really quite and nasty compared to the Porsche.

Nick Location Melbourne and time June 29, 2013,

Hj, the Panamera or the Cayenne.

I’d the Cayenne is.

Commenter Timothy Melbourne Date and time 29, 2013, 11:14AM

I love the unconventional looks, It’s is sumptuous, faaast and looks nothing else. S-Class, 7 LS, A8. all yawnsville by comparison.

Commenter Seats and a steering Location Date and time 29, 2013, 12:20PM

@hj, the is Porsche’s best seller. fact fail from an warrior.

Commenter Jman Melb Date and time 30, 2013, 5:24PM

As the owner of a and a Merc I should be the last to about car pricing, but really, is taking the … with specific model? I just reconcile the value equation the Panamera.

Commenter JA Location and time June 28, 2013,

Still a bus. still what they are thinking.

P. Man Location RS Forever Date and June 28, 2013, 12:09PM

Gee one ugly back end. it like it back into a when the plastic was still I’m guess the styling is towards China.

Commenter Location Melb Date and June 28, 2013, 12:20PM

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