Porsche, they say, used to be all about sports cars. Well,
they still are. The Panamera Turbo is a 190mph Porsche that just happens to
have four doors, four seats and a hatchback that opens on a large luggage area.
It’s also available in Executive long wheelbase form as well as the stylish
Sport Turismo version.
Every Panamera feels like a very safe place in which to travel. Optional enhancements to the standard safety systems include Night Vision Assist, Porsche InnoDrive which includes Active Cruise Control, and Lane Keeping Assist. The Turbo models all come as standard with LED main headlights including Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS); this feature offers dynamic range adjustment, dynamic cornering lights and speed sensitive headlight range control.
The raison d’etre of any Porsche is the way it performs, and that includes every model in the Panamera range including the Panamera Diesel. But if you want to ace every other Panamera owner in a game of Top Trumps, it has to be the Turbo. This features a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine that powers all four wheels; power output is 542bhp, maximum torque is 568 lb.ft and with launch control it will rocket from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds. Top speed is an academic 190mph but it’s the 50-70mph acceleration time of 2.4 seconds that will prove more relevant for fast, safe overtakes.
Porsche Traction Management helps to deliver an agile driving experience with a minimum of under- and oversteer – it’s not quite a 911, but for a four-seater it’s amazingly wieldy. Three chamber air suspension is standard, delivering a connected but supple ride. Optional rear-axle steering boosts agility when cornering slowly and stability when cornering quickly.
The first Panamera was a ‘Marmite’ design – some loved it, others were less enthusiastic – but the all-new model launched in 2017 is an all-round winner. It’s based on the VW Group MQB platform and is visually much slimmer and trimmer than the model it replaces, with shorter front and rear overhangs and a more elegant curve to the rear end.
Some may still prefer the handsome 4+1 seat Sport Turismo, though; the longer, straighter and higher roofline gives a larger rear passenger door and boot opening as well as looking terrific.
The Panamera Turbo features an impressive new cockpit – some commentators complained at the button overkill in the previous model and they’ll be more than satisfied with the new layout. The analogue rev counter is flanked by two additional digital readouts, which can be configured to show everything from navigation to trip computer – and even night vision display (an option).
The centre console is pared back and features a glossy black surface, while most controls have migrated to the 12-inch touchscreen. Parking sensors, cruise control, keyless start, a Bose surround-sound system and LED headlights are all standard, but there are plenty of goodies to entice you onto the options list, such as rear-axle steering, sports exhaust and carbon-ceramic brakes.
The Panamera has come of age – the all-new model is stunning to look at, the interior is an ergonomic and tactile delight and there’s an option of a handsome Sport Turismo as well as the extra legroom of the Executive for those who travel in the rear. In Turbo form, performance is truly sensational yet there’s no sacrifice of comfort or luxury, either.
|Vehicle Length||5,049 mm|
|Vehicle Width||1,937 mm|
|Vehicle Height||1,427 mm|
|Unladen Weight (DIN)||1,995 kg|
|Engine / Cylinders||8|
|Max Torque||770 Nm @ 1,750 - 5,500|
|Max Power||550 bhp / 404 kW|
|Top Speed||190 mph|
|Acceleration||0-62 mph in 3.6 Seconds with Launch Control|
|Combined Cycle||30.4 mpg|
|Urban Cycle||22.1 mpg|