2011 Porsche Panamera 4

Matt Tierney

Only because I have driven the Panamera Turbo do I find this Panamera 4 (with the V-6) a little lackluster. While the interior is impeccable and luxurious and the Porsche pedigree is evident in the car's handling characteristics, it just doesn't feel like it has enough oomph befitting a $100,000 price tag. That's not to say it's slow. It definitely feels like a 911 with a backpack, with sharp and direct steering, controlled body motions, and firm brakes. (Although I did find the brakes took a little bit of pedal travel before kicking in.) However, having recently driven two examples of the 2012 Audi A7, another six-cylinder luxury hatchback, I would rather save 20 grand to get a more aesthetically pleasing package.

Donny Nordlicht, Associate Web Editor

This is one of the most stunning cars I've had the opportunity to experience. Sadly I only had the car for less than 24 hours. In that time, however, it was clear to me that it's a close relative of the iconic 911. Even with its large dimensions and heavy weight, it effortlessly exhibits the power and precision that you expect from a Porsche. The car never felt big, the seats caressed the body like a well-fitted glove, and you had room for three witnesses to your adrenaline rushes. It's fortunate that I had this car on a weeknight. Had it been in my possession Friday, I could have seen another 36-hour Tail of the Dragon trip in my sights. The only real confusion I had was with the auto engine on/off. It worked seamlessly while in traffic. But when I arrived home I stopped at the mailbox and exited the car, leaving it running. When I returned the car had shut itself off, but required a manual restart. I assume that happened because I put the car in park and exited. Nonetheless, when I lay in bed at night thinking about that lottery ticket in my wallet, I think I might have a new contender for what sedan I would buy.

Kelly Murphy, Creative Director

mo_pho
I'm sure it's a heavy car, but I really doubt it weighs 5400lbs... 4400lbs sounds more plausible.
Jeff.y
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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