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A sports car with 4 doors – nonsense or the wind of change in the market? Porsche Panamera of the 2016 production year gives the answer: a supercar in the shape of the sedan and performance of a daredevil. It sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? Let’s scuttle the suspense by reviewing Porsche Panamera in details.
New Panamera is a 4-door 4-seater sedan with a body much like a hatchback. It features 197.4x76x55.8 inches dimensions (l/w/h), including 115 inches wheelbase & 5.7 inches clearance index. The chassis boasts a backwards sliding moonroof, LED headlights, muscular side panels, a wide windshield, an enlarged boot lid as well as an electrically deploying spoiler.
Inside, the cabin speaks refinement. Seating position is low, although it doesn’t bother the occupants to get in/out. The room is adequate for the driver and a front passenger to stretch legs and feel relaxed; at the same time, rear passengers are a wee bit limited in space on twin seats: front head/leg/shoulder room – 38x41.9x51.9 inches, rear head/leg/shoulder room – 38.2x33.3x51.7 inches. Upon the whole, all seats offer appropriate support and a range of adjustments.
The cockpit and dashboard are packed with about 80 control switches & buttons. They are responsible for easy use of infotainment facilities. Managing of multimedia is also possible thanks to a center-mounted 7-inch display and a driver’s information computer.
Hatch-like boot lid with thick pillars deteriorates rear visibility. Yet, the trunk itself allows swallowing up to 15.7 c.f. of luggage behind the rear seats; if necessary, the latter might be folded flat to get 44.6 c.f. of space (note that various modifications provide for different boot capacity).
List of Available Engines
The 2015-2016 Porsche Panamera is shipped in multiple trims. There is little wonder that the choice of powertrains is huge. Part of the sedans employ rear-wheel drive, whereas the ‘4’ modifications use all-wheel drive system. They cooperate with a 7-speed manual automated transmission. The list of engines boasts:
- 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6: 420 hp at 6000 RPM, 384 lb-ft of torque at 5000 RPM, fuel economy – 17 mpg (city), 27 mpg (highway), 0-60 mph distance – 4.6 seconds;
- 3.0-liter V6 with a hybrid electric motor: 416 hp at 5500 RPM, 435 lb-ft of torque at 4000 RPM, fuel economy – 25 mpg (combined), 50 mpg (just electric power), 0-60 mph distance – 4.7 seconds;
- 3.6-liter V6: 310 hp at 6200 RPM, 295 lb-ft of torque at 3750 RPM, fuel economy – 18 mpg (city), 28 mpg (highway), 0-60 mph distance – 5.8 seconds;
- 4.8-liter V8: 440 hp at 6700 RPM, 384 lb-ft of torque at 3500 RPM, fuel economy – 16 mpg (city), 24 mpg (highway);
- 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8: 520 hp at 6000 RPM, 516 lb-ft of torque at 4500 RPM, fuel economy – 15 mpg (city), 24 mpg (highway), 0-60 mph distance – 3.7 seconds;
- 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8: 570 hp at 6000 RPM, 553 lb-ft of torque at 5000 RPM, fuel economy – 15 mpg (city), 24 mpg (highway), 0-60 mph distance – 3.6 seconds.
Trims & Notable Equipment
It would be a mistake not to mention in Porsche Panamera review about the range of modifications. Each version boasts exclusive features to satisfy the needs of different audiences. Thus, for the 2016, the model is introduced in 11 trim levels.
The base (RWD) Panamera and (AWD) Panamera 4 house 18-inch wheels, rear & front LED clusters, dual parking sensors, a power liftgate, a navigation system, dual-zone climate control, partially leather upholstery, heated front seats, chilled glove-box, Bluetooth connectivity, shock absorbers (electronic), adaptive suspension, an 11-speaker audio, satellite radio, iPod/USB ports.
Standard safety equipment involves front & rear-side/curtain airbags, front knee airbags, antilock brakes, stability control. Optionally, the vehicle might be furnished with blind spot monitoring, a rearview camera, an adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, etc.
The S and S4 versions add adaptive headlamps, chrome window frames, and quad exhaust pipes. The GTS offers 19-inch wheels, adaptive air suspension, LED exterior mirror lights, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, sport-like exhaust system, replica carbon fiber/suede upholstery. The Turbo trim adds keyless entry option, power seats with memory functions, driver memory adjustments, leather upholstery, and a 14-speaker Bose audio.
The Panamera Turbo S rests on 20-inch wheels and adds adaptive antiroll bars, a two-tone leather upholstery, an adaptive spoiler, ceramic brake rotors, PTV Plus differential. The Turbo Executive, Turbo S Executive & 4S Executive models boast a noise-insulated glass, heated and ventilated front seats, power sunshades, four-zone climate control, adaptive air suspension, back lighting package, etc.
Finally, the S E-Hybrid sedan version comes with a gas-electric powertrain. The list of additional equipment includes standard adaptive air suspension, Power Steering Plus technology, Porsche Car Connect system, and some other boons.
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