2014 Porsche Panamera

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2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo Front Three Quarters
It wasn't hard to fall for the Porsche Panamera last summer when I blasted down the autobahn toward Frankfurt airport at 100 mph. Yet when you drive it in southeast Michigan, where the twin-turbo V-8 engine obliterates every speed limit before you can say, "Porsche Panamera Turbo," you focus less on the car's sportiness and more on how it works as a luxury sedan.
There's no denying that a Carmine Red Porsche ($3140 for this color) with black wheels ($3375 a set) and a color-matched, car-shaped key ($335) makes a strong impression. "#drool" wrote one friend on Instagram, while another made sure to wave at the neighbors as we drove past. And as good as the Porsche Panamera looks, it drives even better. The engine has a tidal wave of power and, fortunately, the carbon-ceramic brakes ($9210) have unbelievable stopping power. Criticize the idea of a Porsche sedan all you want, but this 4343-pound car is fun to drive.
For all that, I found myself much of the time treating the Porsche Panamera as an executive sedan, ferrying passengers around. With ample rear leg- and headroom, luxurious powered rear seats ($2125), powered rear window shades ($490), and a tinnitus-inducing Burmester sound system ($4690), the Porsche Panamera works very well as a luxury machine. Each of the four occupants has an individual temperature control, and can choose whether their seat is heated or cooled. Unless you push the Sport Plus switch, it's a quiet car that slips away from a stop in second gear so as not to surprise passengers with any undue acceleration. The air suspension handles road imperfections commendably considering the car's 20-inch wheels and low-profile tires. It's not as sublime as, say, a Mercedes S-Class, but you'll hear no complaints from friends riding shotgun.
Sure, we could bemoan the Porsche Panamera's awkwardly shaped rump, the fact that a 520-hp sedan is near pointless outside the autobahn network, the submarine-like rear visibility, and the lofty price tag. Or we could simply sit back and appreciate that this four-door Porsche is a fabulous way to get around town.

2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo

Base Price: $142,175
Price As Tested: $194,685
Engine: 4.8-liter twin-turbo V-8
Power: 520 hp
Torque: 516 lb-ft
Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Drive: 4-wheel
Cargo Capacity (seats up/down): 15.3/44.1 cubic feet
Fuel Economy: 15/24 mpg (city/highway)
0 to 60 mph: 3.7 sec (mfr est.)
Top Speed: 189 mph
2014 Porshce Panamera Front Right View
Munich -- Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller admits that "there certainly were doubts" when the first Panamera launched in 2009. Critics didn't like the hunchback styling and were skeptical whether a sedan fit the Porsche brand. Yet in the four years since, Panamera sales have outpaced Porsche's predictions by 25 percent. Based on that success, it's no wonder Porsche made only small changes for the Panamera's first facelift.
Identifying the visual tweaks is as tough as a spot-the-difference puzzle. From the front, look for headlights that are rounded rather than angular, a revised "power dome" hood bulge, a flatter fascia, reshaped lower air intakes, new side skirts, and relocated LED running lights. Bi-xenon headlights become standard with full-LED illumination optional. Drivers in slower cars will note new taillights, a different fascia that places the license plate lower and visually widens the rump, a wider and flatter rear window, and a minutely changed curvature to the roofline.
More extensive changes await beneath the skin, beginning with a new plug-in hybrid model called the S E-Hybrid. It replaces the S Hybrid, which currently accounts for about ten percent of all Panamera sales, and announces itself with acid green brake calipers, badges, and gauge needles. A 9.4-kWh lithium-ion battery stores a greater charge than the old car's nickel metal-hydride unit; although the new pack is the same size as before, it weighs 110 pounds more. Better windings and magnets in the drive motor allow Porsche to use a higher voltage and boost electric-drive power to 95 hp and 229 lb-ft, increases of 49 hp and 8 lb-ft compared to the outgoing version. The 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission are mostly unchanged, the former producing 333 hp and 325 lb-ft. When the motor and engine work together, they can knock off a 5.2-second 0-to-60-mph time and reach a 168-mph top speed.
The improved motor and battery mean drivers will be able to go a claimed 20 miles on battery power alone. They also should produce better fuel economy ratings than the 2013 S Hybrid's 22/30 mpg (city/highway). We averaged an indicated 2.2 L/100km over about 30 miles of mixed driving, equivalent to an astonishing 107 mpg, but only because the majority of those miles were covered in E-Power mode with the engine switched off.
Recharging the Panamera's battery from a 120-volt outlet will take at least four hours, or just 2.5 hours if you use a 240-volt charger. Unlike most other plug-in hybrids, however, the Porsche can fully recharge its battery on the move. Pushing the E-Charge button diverts some of the engine's power to rejuvenate the battery, although it somewhat numbs throttle response and impacts overall economy. But it's designed so that you could, for instance, recharge on a long highway journey in order to drive electrically on the urban streets at your destination. We still managed 6.7 L/100km (35 mpg) in E-Charge mode, an impressive figure for a car with a combined 416 hp and a curb weight of 4619 pounds. The battery pack was also fully recharged after about 35 miles of driving with E-Charge enabled.
The trade-off for all this efficiency is less refinement than in other Panameras. Because the electric motor drives through the eight-speed automatic, it changes gears where other plug-in cars simply accelerate smoothly in a single "gear." The gasoline engine thrums and moans, especially in E-Charge mode, and the automatic transmission never shifts as sweetly as the PDK dual-clutch in other Panameras. Fortunately, the brakes feel natural and the hand-off between regenerative and mechanical braking is almost impossible to discern. Acceleration is still brisk when running only on battery power, although the car's top speed is reduced to 84 mph.
Twin-Turbo Six Replaces V-8
The other new engine is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 that replaces the 4.8-liter V-8 in the Panamera S, 4S, and 4S Executive. At 420 hp and 384 lb-ft, the six-cylinder is more powerful than the V-8 it replaces (by 20 hp and 15 lb-ft), yet Porsche expects an 18-percent fuel economy improvement. More importantly, a displacement of 2997 cubic centimeters will avoid taxes levied in places like China on engines larger than 3.0 liters.
Power comes on early and the engine pulls hard across the rev range with a determined, predictable shove. There are no peaks or valleys in the turbocharger's output, and the V-6 responds to the accelerator about as linearly as a naturally aspirated one. Porsche claims 0-to-60-mph times ranging from 4.3 to 4.9 seconds depending on model, and the Panamera 4S Executive we drove had no trouble keeping up with and rushing past autobahn traffic. Too bad the engine's quiet, purposeful demeanor is less exciting than the old V-8. Customers who want a truly sporty Panamera can buy the louder, lower, and stiffer GTS, or the supremely powerful Turbo.
All versions of the 2014 Panamera except the hybrid get an updated version of the seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission that adopts tricks that debuted with the 2013 911. The stop-start system can now kill the engine before you reach a complete standstill, saving precious drops of fuel as you approach a red light. A coasting feature disconnects the engine on overrun, such as when you lift the throttle for an off-ramp, allowing the engine to idle and save more fuel. Finally, there's a feature called Virtual Intermediate Gears that creates half speeds between the transmission's real gear ratios. At low engine loads, the PDK engages two gears (5 and 6, for instance) and slips both wet clutches to create a midway gear. Doing so allows the engine to open the throttle wider but lower its overall running speed, a tactic that Porsche says will reduce consumption in low-load situations like steady driving on a flat road. These tricks improve fuel economy on all variants, although official EPA numbers have yet to be released.
Summon The Executives
In addition to engines, Porsche also launched a new body style for the 2014 Panamera. With a wheelbase 5.9 inches longer than normal cars, the 4S Executive and Turbo Executive provide an additional 4.7 inches of rear legroom and more standard equipment. It sounds like an odd product launch from a company focused on driver's cars -- until you learn that one third of all Panamera sales are in China, where the wealthy prefer not to drive themselves. Plus, Porsche needs to compete with long-wheelbase versions of the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series.
An added bonus of the increased length is that the Panamera's awkward silhouette improves slightly, as the roof remains flatter toward the rear of the car. The back seats are bisected by a full-length center console that has no fewer than 20 buttons and four rocker switches, as well as a fat armrest, a cup holder, and an ashtray. The seats are heated, cooled, and electrically operated; they are also mounted 1.2 inch farther forward from the C-pillar than in standard Panameras to permit more space for reclining. Air suspension and the PASM active damping system are standard, along with soft-close doors and special noise-insulating glass. Power sunshades for the rear windows and rear windshield complete the Executive experience.
We tested both the Panamera 4S Executive and the Turbo Executive, the latter of which has a twin-turbo 4.8-liter V-8 good for 520 hp and 516 lb-ft (or 568 lb-ft with the SportChrono option), an increase of 20 hp over the 2013 Panamera Turbo thanks to a new engine map. The Turbo is monstrously fast and sounds wicked in Sport or Spot Plus mode, when baffles open to let flutters, burbles, and barks erupt from the quad exhausts. The Turbo Executive will hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, just 0.1 second slower than the regular wheelbase version, and it pulls with a seemingly endless supply of torque. But the 4S Executive hardly wants for more power and is just as cosseting as the Turbo, yet is considerably more fuel efficient.
Continual Improvement
The remaining changes for the 2014 Porsche Panamera are subtle. The 3.6-liter V-6 engine in the base car and Panamera 4 is upgraded by 10 hp to 310 hp, and the 4.8-liter V-8 in the sporty Panamera GTS climbs from 430 hp to 440 hp, thanks to new engine programming. Lane departure warning, an automatic braking system, and a 360-degree camera system join the options list. All models also score new rubber suspension bushings and cars with air suspension get slightly different chassis tuning. Next year, Porsche will introduce Turbo S and Turbo S Executive variants, likely with 550 hp or more.
Though the updated Panamera is only a small step forward, that's no bad thing. The new hybrid and twin-turbo V-6 offer better fuel economy without sacrificing performance or refinement; Executive models will appeal to the more than 9000 Chinese customers who bought Panameras in 2012. In fact, the car's success makes the criticism from 2009 look downright laughable: Porsche sold 29,000 copies of the Panamera worldwide last year, and there's no reason to believe that pace will slow any time soon.

2014 Porsche Panamera

On Sale: September (S E-Hybrid: November)
Engines: 3.6L V-6, 310 hp, 295 lb-ft; twin-turbo 3.0L V-6, 420 hp, 384 lb-ft; supercharged 3.0L V-6 and electric motor, 416 hp, 435 lb-ft; 4.8L V-8, 440 hp, 384 lb-ft; twin-turbo 4.8L V-8, 520 hp, 516-568 lb-ft
Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch, eight-speed automatic
Drive: Rear- or four-wheel
Prices (including destination): Panamera $79,075; Panamera 4 $83,775; Panamera S $94,175; Panamera 4S $99,275; Panamera S E-Hybrid $99,975; Panamera GTS $114,375; Panamera 4S Executive $126,575; Panamera Turbo $142,275; Panamera Turbo Executive $162,075
2014 Porsche Panamera
2014 Porsche Panamera

New For 2014

A plug-in hybrid called the 2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid joins the lineup, replacing the conventional hybrid Porsche introduced just two years ago. The 2014 Porsche Panamera S also becomes more efficient, as a supercharged V-6 replaces the old 4.8-liter V-8. A long-wheelbase body style is now offered for 4S and Turbo models. All Panameras benefit from a mild face-lift.

Vehicle Summary

The 2014 Porsche Panamera is a very sporty full-size luxury car. It offers nearly all the prestige and comfort of a full-size German luxury sedan and nearly all the performance of a German sports car. To top it all off, it's a rather practical hatchback, as well, with rear seats that fold down to provide extra cargo room. The Panamera is offered with an astonishing variety of powertrains, ranging from a V-6 to a plug-in hybrid to a turbocharged V-8. Although the four-door encountered some hostility when it debuted in 2010, mainly from enthusiasts who bemoaned Porsche's expansion beyond sports cars, it has gone on to become one of the brand's most popular models.


There are lots of four-door vehicles that claim to be sports cars. The 2014 Porsche Panamera actually means it. Sure, it may look a little frumpy with its bloated, hatchback profile. And you'd be forgiven for preferring to relax in the back seat of its luxurious cabin, which smells like the inside of a Coach purse. But get behind the steering wheel of a Panamera, particularly one of the high-performance variants, and you'll find the reflexes, poise, and power of a world-class sports car.

The Panamera, like most Porsches, comes in a dizzying array of trims. The newest addition to the lineup is the Panamera S E-Hybrid, which replaces the Panamera S Hybrid. The key improvement is that the E-Hybrid can travel up to twenty miles on battery power alone. The rest of the time, the 95-hp motor and lithium-ion batteries support the 3.0-liter supercharged V-6. Porsche says it can accelerate to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. The automaker has not yet publicized fuel-economy estimates, but the 2013 S Hybrid was EPA rated at 22/30 mpg city/highway.

A supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 is now also offered on the regular Panamera S. The six is both more powerful and more efficient than the 4.8-liter V-8 it replaces. Alas, it doesn't sound nearly as sweet. That's a small price for Porsche, which needs to lower its Corporate Average Fuel Economy in the United States, and for customers in China, who avoid engine-displacement taxes. The influence of the growing Chinese market can also be seen in the addition of a long-wheelbase, "executive" variant (affluent Chinese owners often have chauffeurs). This is a big car -- just three inches shorter than a long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz S-class -- but it still seats only four.

For those who will abide none of this environmentally friendly hullaballoo, Porsche still offers several satisfying V-8 models. The newest, the all-wheel-drive GTS, has 440 hp and a chassis agile enough to embarrass many two-door sports cars on track day. Above that sits the Panamera Turbo, which puts out 520 hp and accelerates to 60 mph in less than four seconds, according to Porsche.

The 2014 Porsche Panamera doesn't quite do it all. Beyond the stodgy styling, which a recent face-lift has failed to fix, the Panamera is something of a distant, cold machine with somewhat numb steering -- it's a four-door sports car but not necessarily a four-door Cayman. At the same time, the 2014 Porsche Panamera's firm suspension and slender sport seats prevent it from cosseting occupants in quite the same fashion as a similarly priced full-size luxury sedan. And yet few vehicles at any price can match the Panamera's all-around excellence.

You'll like:

  • Incredible performance
  • Luxurious, sporty-looking interior
  • Hatchback utility

You won't like:

  • Stodgy, egg-shaped styling
  • Seats only four
  • Numb steering

Key Competitors

  • Audi A8
  • BMW 7 Series
  • Jaguar XJ
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2014 Porsche Panamera 4S Three Quarters In Motion Side View
Porsche just recently updated the Panamera last summer, but we’re already hearing whispers of what’s to come for the next-gen model projected for 2017. A recent report from Autocar suggests that there are brand new V-6 and V-8 engines on the horizon. Although these engines will likely make their first appearance in the next-gen Porsche Panamera, it’s a safe bet that the new, sportier V-6 and V-8 engines will find homes in other MSB-platform vehicles under the Porsche and Bentley banners.
2014 Audi Rs7 Vs 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo
In this week’s episode of Head to Head, host Jonny Lieberman conducts a face-off between two sleek German super-sedans, the 2014 Audi RS7 and the 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo. Though the Audi RS7 has the edge in power going in with its 560-horsepower V-8, the Porsche Panamera is notorious for the way it defies logic with its sprightly driving dynamics.
2014 Porsche Panamera 4S Front Motion
One of the most important changes for the 2014 Porsche Panamera is that S and 4S models ditch their V-8 engines for a twin-turbocharged V-6. The new engine is more fuel efficient and also produces 20 hp more than the V-8 it replaces. Motor Trend's Carlos Lago put the new engine to the test in the latest episode of Ignition.
2014 Bentley Continental Gt Front
Even for vehicles with price tags well into the six figures, auto manufacturers can little afford to create low-volume vehicles on a completely bespoke platform. With most ultra-luxury brands owned by larger corporate conglomerates, many exclusive, expensive models share dirty bits with their commuting-class cousins. Anything from Porsche is certainly a cut above a Camry or Jetta, so we were excited when we heard the Autocar report that the next-generation Bentley Continental will share its underpinnings with the Porsche Panamera.

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2014 Porsche Panamera Specifications

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3.6L V6Engine
Fuel economy City:
18 MPG
Fuel economy Highway:
28 MPG
300 hp @ 6200rpm
295 ft lb of torque @ 3750rpm
  • Air Conditioning
  • Power Windows
  • Power Locks
  • Power Seats
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Cruise Control
  • Sunroof
  • ABS
  • Stabilizer Front
  • Stabilizer RearABS
  • Electronic Traction Control
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Locking Differential (optional)
  • Limited Slip Differential (optional)
  • Airbag Driver
  • Airbag Passenger
  • Airbag Side Front
  • Airbag Side Rear
  • Radio
  • CD Player
  • CD Changer (optional)
  • DVD (optional)
  • Navigation
50,000 miles / 48 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
Unlimited miles / 144 months
50,000 miles / 48 months
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