Porsche Panamera S Car Review evo

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Porsche’s Panamera is big and ugly, more importantly, is it any good to

The Panamera goes into clean and absolutely on line – reassuringly accurate

There’s prospect that the Panamera be a great drive, a very chance that it will set new in its class. But even if it does, I’m not I will ever hanker one. My first in-the-metal with Porsche’s five-door was a few weeks ago, by chance, in the car park of the Dorint hotel at the

Crouching there in the half-light it big, heavy and slightly Now, glinting in the crisp, air outside Porsche’s Zuffenhausen it looks big, heavy well, not very handsome.

it matter, though? The Cayenne has never been much of a but that hasn’t stopped it a success, especially in emerging with no sports-car culture to From the presentation we’ve been given I get the feeling the Panamera also has designs on new markets, especially with of its suitability as a chauffeur-driven saloon.

That’s just one area of though. According to Porsche, the is a car capable of satisfying a number of interests. Take this, the Panamera S, the initial entry-level

It’s a 394bhp V8-engined, rear-drive saloon that, the optional PDK gearbox, is capable of in under 5.4sec and 176mph but a combined 26.6mpg. Specified optional air suspension it is claimed to better than a Merc whilst still being ‘a to its core’.

There’s no question has worked hard to make the excel, to be best in class, but is its class? Its arch enemy has to be the Quattroporte, a car that knocks it for looks, then there’s the BMW M5, CLS63 AMG, Audi RS6 and Avant) and the new Jaguar XFR. And in the there will be the Aston Rapide and, perhaps, the Estoque, cars that be in the sights of the 500bhp, four-wheel-drive Turbo, which will £95,298.


Unusually, my first experience of new Porsche is from the rear or should I say one of the rear seats the Panamera is a strict four-seater, a high transmission tunnel the cockpit down the middle. a good place to be. Not at all claustrophobic the high-looking waistline, the airy helped by the biscuit-coloured leather of the car.

The cockpit design is a success, the detailing with and polished aluminium finely and there’s a sense of fine with perfect stitching and a feel. It’s a league of other Porsches. The ride on this air-sprung car is indeed good, while wind is muted and road roar suppressed.

Which is all well and but somehow a chauffeur-driven Porsche a bit odd. Time to move

As you’d expect, the driver’s is a good place to be too, the position faultless, though the diameter steering wheel the side down a little. the same one you find on other Porsches and thus is not bespoke. The of the facia looks good, the five-ring dial pack comfortably in a new environment, the functions and of the two rows of switches flanking the selector easily grasped.

Just say no, says Porsche.

The V8 is a re-worked version of the same in the Cayenne, with direct reduced weight and increased As standard the Panamera S comes a six-speed manual but here hooked up to the seven-speed PDK transmission. is more fuel-efficient than the even more so with the feature, a first in this if you ignore the Lexus LS600h.

The big V8 is at idle and at a cruise, a little when worked hard, and the Panamera up the road with about enough shove to it performance saloon status. suggests that the 3.2-litre V6, due the September launch, will feel overwhelmed. The PDK is superb, as as in the 911 but even smoother, and it ups its responsiveness you press the Sport button.

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However, the car takes a fraction than is comfortable to get itself after Stop/Start has killed the which it will do when foot is on the brake at rest.

the steering feels a little and the brake pedal a tad mushy at the top of its which has you mildly concerned for how it relate to a decent road. above town speeds the car seems to sharpen up. We found fast, flowing roads and the devoured them.

Turn in and no pause to steady, no second the big Porsche simply goes in and absolutely on line – for a heavy it’s reassuringly accurate and light of its mass. Over lumpen asphalt it stays the suspension sounding a bit busy at but the body and occupants gliding unperturbed. However, what it do is shrink around you as some big do.

Eighteen-inch rims are standard but car is on the optional 19s with fractionally and lower tyres. In the dry, feels absolute and cornering is impressive too, especially so that these bespoke are low rolling resistance items. The air allows some roll, and if you do to the limit you’ll most find a little understeer I didn’t, because I’d forgotten I’d stability control off earlier investigating traction.

Fourth through a long third-gear for the camera, with more and throttle, the rear slipped and felt fine, the car’s nicely controlled, the slip gatherable.

Dynamically, all is well but is it outstanding, a must-have experience? The air suspension (£1272) helps the Panamera S an impressively broad range, from limo to sports-saloon taut, and in this it bests rivals like the and Jaguar XFR. However, its accurate handling and 400bhp don’t add up to a more thrilling when you just want to And then you climb out of the marvellous cabin and you’re reminded how the looks.

For me, that’s where it all falls Only a mother could it.

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