2011 Porsche Panamera 4

Matt Tierney

To be honest, whether the Panamera has a V-6 or a V-8, there's no mistaking that it's a high-performance luxury sedan. The cabin reeks of quality, from the black, all-leather interior (a $3655 add-on) to the carbon gray metallic trim (which also costs extra). About the only thing missing is a power-adjustable steering wheel. The wheel does adjust for height and for reach, but it has to be done manually, via a lever that takes some muscle to unlock. Even though the cabin is relatively roomy, it feels intimate because of the very wide center console that extends all the way through the back seat. That console is festooned with a number of buttons that control such things as the climate control, the seat heaters, the transmission modes, and the stability control. At first glance all those buttons look overwhelming, but they are well-labeled and are actually placed in such a manner that they're very easy to access.

Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor

I have to admit that I didn't realize that our test Panamera had "only" a V-6 engine until after I looked at the Monroney window sticker that was stashed in the glove compartment. This car really makes the most of its relatively modest 300-hp engine. I never felt a lack of power. What impressed me most, though, was the Panamera's composure and athleticism over a variety of road surfaces. Fabulous ride quality, wonderful body control, communicative steering; nice, nice, nice.

Joe DeMatio, Deputy Editor

I'm sure it's a heavy car, but I really doubt it weighs 5400lbs... 4400lbs sounds more plausible.
Are you guys sure you have the weight right? I'm pretty sure that I've seen Panamera Turbo's tested weighing only 4500...

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