2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo: Around The Block

Patrick M Hoey

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
John Engelman
Boring looking! Void of styling! Too blob like! Again, the gimmic is the Porsche logo. If Cadillac made this car, it would never sell.
Zka Foolek
reference of the luxury cars
Nitesh Vasani
Porsche Panamera always been my favourite...Now more powerful than ever....http://www.worldofautomobile.com/pebble-beach-auction-2014-ferrari-250-gto-lm-overview/
Matt Simmons
It's like someone took a little 911 "dinosaur sponge" and got it wet.
Enrique Jackson
It wouldn't be so bad looking if they designed the rear styling of the car way cooler ...and get rid of that after thought f***** front vent by the wheel
Kartikeya Raghav
Oohh come on guys, panamera give a real feel of seden claasss....
Robert May
And it now weighs more than a Ford F-150. The Panamera needs to go on a serious diet. No sports car/executive sedan should weigh more than a full size truck. 4500 lbs is too much.
Michael Anderson
Personally I think they should just call them the new 928, loved that car.
Michael Anderson
Daniel F. Martel, oh thats a sports car despite what you think, they are damn fast.
Yogendra Yadav
2016 modal
Behrooz Bastani
https://www.facebook.com/pages/%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%B4%DB%8C%D9%86-%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AA%D8%B1/249022831916377?ref_type=bookmark#
Daniel F. Martel
I love our Boxster S but am getting a 2015 Panamera gts for a family car because it has four doors, is sporty, and also practicable. No, it's not a "sports car" but it's the closest that comes to one with the above mentioned reasons.
Murat Topallar
making money is another issue, some black businesses make money too, do we support it? NO. So u should not think of the issue from money point of view. 4 door Porsches are ugly!
Murat Topallar
What can i do if people have no taste about 2 door Porsche sports cars? :D
Richard J. Auchus
2 door sports cars only? Not a good idea at all. See, cars like the panamera and far moreso the Cayenne and now Macan SUVs are actually a BLESSING for the sport side of Porsche. People overall buy more of those non-sports cars than they do the 911, cayman and Boxtser. And as a result the company now has more money to fund development of those cars. The new 918 Spyder was largely funded from profits from things like this ugly sedan. We must honor these other models!
Cameron Wingate
I like the hybrid model
Milton Quinn Hines Jr
hideous vehicle. good thing it's fast. like my momma used to say, "if your ugly, you better know how to sing!"
Marc Hamady
Looks ugly
Noah Brigdan
So ugly though.
Mahmoud Saeed Hammad
2015
Murat Topallar
Porsche should stop manufacturing this car. Porsche legend must go on with 2 door super sports cars only! Panamera is just a fail for Porsche! I am a great fan of Porsche but I do not wanna see Panamera on the roads!
Haseeb UdDeen
Sorry its ugly. Sedan-hatch? 911 front and a hatchback ass - a real sorry combo!
Avijeet Mukhoty
Sportier + sedan = panamera
Damian B-ois
Hatch backs noooo
Gregory Seupaul
When this first came out I thought it would be an abomination. But after seeing them on the roads here in Denver for a few years now I must say it's grown on me.

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