Road test: 2013 Porsche Panamera | Driving

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Porsche Panamera

It’s got 4 doors, but sleek is truly a world-class sports car

Thank goodness this Porsche Panamera GTS review taking place in the company of Grantham of PBS#8217;s hit period Downton Abbey. The stuffy of Grantham finds talk of to be tactless, and whenever I test a new among the first questions ask is, #8220;How much does it

With apologies to the fictional Grantham, we must get the dirty of money out of the way. Our Panamera GTS has an as-tested price of $148,000 GST.

While you left-brain readers may be dumbfounded by the stratospheric tag, you right brain types will likely revel instead in how gorgeous the package is.

The Panamera GTS#8217;s price is comparable to the Audi S8 ($130,000) and S63 AMG ($161,100), the high-performance flagships of respective brands.

One might the prospective Panamera GTS buyer be cross-shopping the similarly priced and Mercedes, but they#8217;re entirely animals.

First and foremost, the GTS is a world-class sports car.

it happens to have four but underneath, it#8217;s truly a car, whereas despite sportifying upgrades, the Audi and are luxury sedans.

The instant you get the wheel you know the Panamera is a car.

The front bucket seats are bolstered, hugging my hips and firmly enough that I forever giving up double-churned ice cream.

I#8217;ve covered the interior in previous tests, so forgo revisiting those but suffice to say the cockpit is intimidatingly at first, but sharply focused on the of serious driving once you get to it.

The rear bucket seats are luxurious. Not only can the four-door perform school-bus duty to little Wolfgang und Heidi to even adults will in limousine-like comfort in the back.

I#8217;d happily occupy one of rear armchairs on a transcontinental trip.

Testing the 430-horsepower aspirated V-8 Pan-amera in the depths of a winter #8211; as I did #8211; may foolhardy, but these severe conditions prove the GTS#8217;s capabilities. With full-time drive, our tester proved to be a winter driver #8211; better in fact than the AWD 911 4 we drove last winter.

The feels tenaciously nailed on ice-and snow-covered roads, the 911 Carrera 4 is looser and seems happy.

Porsche#8217;s 4.8-litre V-8 is Powerful and responsive, it has a V-8 rumble of an American muscle car, but one returned from a Swiss school. Refined and silky the GTS accelerates fiercely (0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 Porsche claims) and the throttle hard-wired to your brain#8217;s centre.

Open the electrically controlled exhaust flap with the switch and listen to the V-8#8242;s symphonic growl. Drive the GTS this feature and you#8217;ll turn on the car#8217;s audio

Despite all this world-class car Porsche maddeningly continues to for options the rest of the automotive is fitting standard to relatively vehicles. At this price, inexplicable the Panamera lacks niceties such as keyless and ignition (the Hyundai has it) and a backup camera (standard on CR-Vs). (Porsche#8217;s parking relies on a warning tone and aid on the display screen.)

But in the end, the Porsche Panamera GTS is a car without peers. It#8217;s the bona fide sports car you can buy four doors and four Yes, it is pricey. But the GTS oozes cachet, possesses mind-blowing performance, and has the capability to carry adults in perfect comfort.

For who can afford it, that makes the GTS priceless.

Porsche Panamera

The Specs

2013 Panamera GTS

Type of vehicle: Four-passenger sport sedan

Engine: V-8

Power: 430 horsepower at 6,700 384 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm

Seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung automatic

Brakes: Front/rear

disc brakes. Porsche Management with ABS. 255/45ZR19 front, 285/40ZR19 (winter), temporary spare

base/as tested: $126,700/$$148,175 Options, $6300; destination $1100; ACE tax, $100)

Canada fuel economy km): 13.3 city, 8.5 (premium unleaded)

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