The Porsche Panamera sedan is a high performance hatchback designed for people who are looking for comfort, performance and ample interior space. The Panamera was first introduced to the market in 2010 and is currently in its second year, which debuted for 2017.
People who believe the Porsche Panamera to be a soft car are not likely to have driven it. Although it is not as responsive and agile as the Boxster or Cayman, the Panamera is one of the most engaging sports sedans available today. Although the interior is not as large as some larger sedans, it can comfortably accommodate four adults. It is so impressive that you can be pinned back in your car, many buyers will overlook any flaws.
Pricing and Trims
The Panamera is available in nine trims: base, 4, 4S, 4S E-Hybrid GTS, Turbo and Turbo Executive. Base models come standard with LED highlights in the taillights and headlights, an auto-leveling bixenon headlight, 18-inch wheels and sunroof. There are also power liftgates, front and rear parking sensors and cooled gloveboxes. The Panamera is available in nine trim levels: base, 4, S, 4S, 4S Executive, Turbo, Turbo Executive, and Turbo. All-wheel drive Panamera 4 models include the same equipment. The S and 4S models have adaptive suspension dampers, adaptive headlights, and more standard features. The S E-Hybrid has more standard equipment, including an adaptive air suspension and additional gauges. Porsche Car Connect allows remote control via a smartphone. Speed-sensitive steering is also available. GTS models have LED lights on the side and air intakes, 19-inch wheels, power adjusted steering column, faux suede headliner and sport steering wheel. There are also paddle shifters, sport exhausts, sport exhausts, and suede/carbon fibre interior trim pieces. Memory settings can be set for the front seats. Turbo models include keyless entry and ignition as well as heated front and back seats, full leather upholstery, Bose sound system, 14 speakers, HD radio and satellite radio. Turbo Executive and 4S Executive models have a longer wheelbase of 5.9 inches, adaptive air suspension, noise insulation glass, heated and ventilated seating, soft close doors and power rear seats. They also come with power sunshades and power windows and four-zone automatic temperature control. All trim levels have stand-alone options, including adaptive cruise control and ceramic brakes, voice control, lane change assist, voice control; parking cameras; heated steering wheel; rear seat entertainment system; refrigerated back compartment; and Burmester surround sound with 16 speakers. The Panamera is available with a $72,000 factory invoice and an MSRP around $80,000. The vehicle’s MSRP will be increased by $4,500 for the 4 trim level and $11,000 for the S trim. The 4S trim adds $5,000, while the S E-Hybrid increases by $1,000. The MSRP is increased by $14,000 with the GTS and the 4S Executive increases it to $12,000. Turbo models add $16,000, and Turbo Executive models add $20,000 to that. As a member, you can shop at your Certified Dealer with no hassle. You get an upfront price every single time.
Performance and Engine
The 3.6-liter V6 engine produces 310 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet torque in the Panamera 4 and Base models. Standard features include a seven-speed dual clutch automated manual transmission with paddle shifters and an engine start/stop program. Panamera S and 4S are equipped with a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 420 horsepower and 384 pounds-feet torque. GTS models are equipped with a powerful 4.8-liter V8 engine, which produces 440 horsepower and 384 pounds-feet torque. The same engine is available in turbo models, but it’s turbocharged. Panamera S E-Hybrid has a 3.0-liter V6 engine which is supercharged and connected to an electrical motor. The combined output is 416 horsepower and 435 pounds-feet. The car can run on only electricity for as long as 20 miles, and reach speeds up to 84 mph thanks to the large lithium-ion battery. The car can be charged in 2.5 hours using a 240-volt outlet. Only the eight-speed automatic transmission has a manual mode.
The interior of the Panamera can be customized by buyers. There are many upholstery colors and different interior trim options. The vehicle can carry four people at once, with each person getting a comfortable, contoured, and supportive seat. Sport seats have a more contoured design and larger bolsters which makes them more comfortable. The center console rises above the seat cushions and creates a barrier between the rear and front seats. The rear seats have plenty of space, so even those who are taller than six feet can comfortably sit in them. Extended wheelbase models offer more legroom in the rear. Drivers enjoy a comfortable seat and excellent rearward visibility. The cargo space behind the rear seats measures 15.7 cubic yards. However, folding them down increases it to 44.6 cubic feet. The battery takes up 11.8 cubic feet of cargo area behind the rear seats on S E-Hybrid models. Porsche enthusiasts will recognize the dash. Five gauge clusters are available, each in the Porsche style. The infotainment screen takes up almost all of the center stack. The touchscreen responds well to inputs and navigation is easy. Although there are many buttons on the console’s center, they are easy to use.