The Porsche Panamera Turbo S is one of the most highly engineered driving machines extant. Rocketing from 0-60 in 3.5 sec requires nothing more than standing on both pedals then releasing the brake--almost matching 911 Turbo in acceleration.
Few outright sports cars offer the dynamic capabilities or driver confidence baked into the Panamera Turbo S. That it's a sedan, seats 4 comfortably, and also rides like a luxury sedan is miraculous. This car 'shrinks' the harder you drive it.
With its adaptive, active, three-mode suspension, the Panamera S rides like a proper luxury sedan--even when equipped with optional, enormous 20-inch wheels.
The sound that does make it into the cabin is the throaty howl of the V8 at full throttle. Automatic engine stop/start (for fuel economy) at stoplights further reduces noise. At a 70-mph cruise, it's among the quietest sedans.
What initially looks like an intimidating waterfall of buttons and rockers is truly an ergonomic triumph. Even the hard-drive based nav and audio systems are intuitive once used. Opt for the steering wheel with proper shift paddles--not buttons
Front visibility is good, but small side mirrors require critical aiming. Rear visibility is challenging with due to its fast-back roofline and C-pillar. Standard front/rear parking sensors are standard; reverse camera is optional.
Seat Access & Space
Only seats 4, but all those seats are adult-size and exceptionally comfortable--even the rear seats offer surprising headroom. Entry/exit is only slightly problematic for rear passengers.
Cargo & Storage
With 15.7 cu-ft with all seats occupied and 44.6 cu-ft with the rear seats folded down, the Panamera offers more cargo capability than a typical sedan, plus it has an easy-loading hatchback. Small-item storage is normal for a sedan.
Porsches are renowned for their uncompromising build and quality of materials. The Panamera is no exception.
If you can find a 1,500-pound trailer upon which to strap your 911 GT3 track car, the Panamera Turbo S will tow it to your favorite track with its 4,850-pound towing capacity. How cool is that?
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