...The Panamera Turbo and Turbo S left us awestruck, turning in identical 3.7-second blasts to 60 mph. These Turbo models achieve only 15/23/18 mpg. Every gasoline-only Panamera is equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. The Panamera and Panamera S offer rear-wheel drive, while the Panamera 4, 4S and Turbo are equipped with all-wheel drive. The Panamera S Hybrid receives a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 that is paired with a 35kW electric motor for a combined maximum output of 380 hp and 428 lb-ft of torque. The only available transmission is an eight-speed automatic...
...Peek under the hood, and the two absent cylinders couldn't be more obvious: There's more free space than I've seen in an engine compartment in years, between the radiator and the engine. The V-6 both weighs less and shifts the mass rearward, giving the Panamera the best front/rear weight distribution of the lineup: 52.6/47.4 percent. Porsche says the Panamera 4's additional hardware shifts the balance forward only 0.1 percent to 52.7/47.3, but the car feels quite different to me. I hit the track first in the Panamera 4, which feels nicely balanced indeed, but the extra weight that seems...
...The Panamera looks, drives and rides like a sports car, they note, but it also has enough sedan interior attributes to make it a fine choice for a longer cruise. The rear seats of the hatchback fold down to leave 44.6 cubic feet of cargo space in the back, leaving room for a couple of bicycles or four suitcases. A moonroof, Bluetooth hands-free phone connection, automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel and Porsche’s communications control unit, which allows for adjusting audio and other systems with a touchscreen, are just a few of the features that come...
...As in the other Panamera versions, the hybrid seats four. Standard features include a navigation system and a USB port for the stereo, just to name a few. Under the Hood The hybrid system teams a 333-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with a 47-hp electric motor and a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack. They power the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Porsche says the car can drive on electric power alone up to 53 mph for almost a mile. Naturally, the engine stops completely when the car comes to a halt, as the non-hybrid versions do. The S Hybrid includes the...
...However, the big addition is the adaptive air suspension, which adds thousands and thousands of dollars to the price of other Panameras. Smart money says it’ll be just as important a feature as the hybrid badges for attracting consumers. I say badges rather than technology because the Panamera S Hybrid isn’t going to do much to actually save the environment. EPA estimates of 22 mpg city/30 highway may be impressive when compared to the rest of the Panamera lineup, but they won't win any awards. Still, the Panamera S Hybrid can drive up to a mile and a half on electric power only up to...
...A Sport Chrono Package Plus adds a setting for sportier drivetrain and suspension settings, as well as a launch-control feature for faster sprints from a standing start. A standard auto stop/start feature turns off the engine when the Panamera comes to a complete stop. It starts again, seamlessly, when the driver lifts off the brake pedal. Mechanical features include: Standard 300-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 Optional 400-hp, 4.8-liter V-8 Optional 500-hp, twin-turbo 4.8-liter V-8 Optional 550-hp, twin-turbo 4.8-liter V-8 Rear- or all-wheel drive Optional active suspension Safety The Panamera's front...
The last member of the facelifted 2014 Porsche Panamera family has finally been revealed, the range-topping Panamera Turbo S. The potent tourer adopts most of the changes... read more October 31, 2013 by Viknesh Vijayenthiran
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