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Review | 08.11.2013 - 16:02

Porsche Panamera: Sport and Sedan. Best of both worlds

The 2013 Porsche Panamera luxury sport sedan comes with an exceptional collection of performance credentials. The Porsche Panamera absolutely does deliver the very best of both worlds, performance car and sedan in one.
2013 Porsche Panamera
Porsche Panamera tuned by Mansory in Monaco.

 

The 2013 Porsche Panamera and Panamera 4 are running on a 3.6-liter V6 that produces 300 hp. In testing the Panamera V6 reached from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 5.8 seconds. The Porsche Panamera S and 4S receive a 4.8-liter V8 resulting in 400 hp. The V8-powered Panamera 4S astounded us by having a 0-60-mph run in 4.6 mere seconds.

 

The Panamera Turbo receives a twin-turbocharged variation of the identical V8 for a fantastic total of 500 hp. Including the optionally available Sport Chrono Turbo package boosts torque to 568 lb-ft by having a turbo overboost. The Panamera Turbo and Turbo S pleasantly surprized us, submiting 3.7-seconds to 60 mph.

 

Each Panamera comes with a seven-speed double-clutch automated manual transmission. The Panamera and Panamera S come with rear-wheel drive, whilst the Panamera 4, 4S and Turbo have AWD.

The Panamera S Hybrid gets a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 which is combined with a 35kW electric motor unit to get a merged maximum output of 380 hp and is able to do a 5.2 sec run to 60 mph. Every 2013 Porsche Panamera features antilock brakes, stability plus traction control, front and back side, side curtain and front knee airbags.

 

Using luxurious seats for 4 adults as well as extraordinary hatchback setup which allows for sufficient luggage storage space or possibly, if needed, ample cargo capacity once its back seats are folded forward each model is very well equipped regarding their price ranges, and furthermore Porsche includes Bluetooth connectivity standard throughout the whole model range. As it is the situation with the luxury sport sedan sector there are lots of choices to personalize the Porsche of your preference.

 

Trim Levels and Options

 

The 2013 Porsche Panamera makes available 10 standard trim levels: Base, Platinum, Base 4, Platinum 4, S Hybrid, S, 4S, GTS, Turbo and Turbo S.

The base Panamera runs on a V6 and comes with automatic xenon front lights, a sunroof , 18-inch wheels, auto-dimming mirrors, parking sensors, LED daytime lights plus a power rear hatch. Standard attributes in the cabin consist of dual-zone auto climate control, eight-way power front seats, driver memory functions and partial leather upholstery. Furthermore standard are the navigation system as well as an 11-speaker audio system along with Wireless bluetooth, a USB/iPod slot plus an aux audio jack port. The Panamera 4 varies just in that it consists of all-wheel drive.

 

The Platinum and Platinum 4 trims offer 19-inch wheels, bi-xenon headlights, special exterior accents, upgraded leather upholstery, 14-way power seats, heated front and rear seats, front and rear park assist, paddle shifters and unique door sill trim plates.

The V8-powered Panamera S and AWD 4S incorporate all the functions and features located in the non-hybrid V6 versions, along with an adaptive suspension, heated front seats, adaptive headlights and additional interior lighting. The V8-powered GTS is provided with a 30-horsepower boost over the 4S.

 

The Panamera Turbo and Turbo S include a turbocharged V8, 20 inches wheels on Turbo S, an adaptive air suspension, keyless ignition, expanded driver memory functions, heated rear seats, a full leather interior, a power-adjustable steering column and a 14-speaker Bose surround speaker system alongside satellite radio and in addition HD. All the additional features of the Turbo version can be purchased on the S and 4S.

The Sport Chrono Package Plus includes analogue and digital stopwatches and modifiable motor and suspension settings. The Sport Design package features a front fascia which have wider intake grilles and beautifully positioned side skirts. In addition there are numerous ways to individualize pretty much just about every single interior surface area with a variety of tones of leather, wood, metal, carbon fiber and paint.

 

Interior Design

 

Porsche declares that each one of of their vehicles incorporates design cues obtained from their 911 as foundation and the Panamera is no exception. The tachometer is centered within the trademark five-ring instrument group and on the side can be seen the speedometer, a multi-function display screen and other supporting gauges.

The Panamera does not have a central control system and for that reason, you will find over 80 buttons and knobs around the console. Thankfully, these buttons are actually logically arranged and for that reason it really is absolutely much better compared to shuffling through multilevel on-screen menus.

 

The layout, featuring the tall middle console running through the entire cabin, was initially presented on the Carrera GT, and has now migrated across Porsches lineup. Needless to say that in the Panamera this translates to individual seats in the rear.

These seats come with incorporated headrests and offer outstanding levels regarding support when cornering and level of comfort for long-distance traveling. The rear sector of the car is amplious enough as to allow sufficient space for tall adults. The E-Hybrid benefits from a few touches to set it apart from the remainder of the range. Porsche has chosen that lime green would be the selected color when it comes to e-mobility, therefore you get brake callipers, dashboard needles and exterior badging polished off in that tint.

 

Driving Impressions

 

The 2013 Porsche Panamera is definitely a successfully designed, luxurious GT and astonishingly competent powerful automobile. Normal driving setting provides a smooth and relaxing character. Employing full Sport setting will definitely intensify almost every attribute regarding the driving dynamics.

 

The V8-powered Panamera can perform amazing results and the turbocharged V8 is virtually mesmerizing with outstanding supercar acceleration. Steering is obviously highly accurate and handling is similar to that of sports cars. The Porsche Panamera actually does indeed deliver the very best of the two worlds, sports vehicle and sedan all-in-one.

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