The first year for the 2011 Porsche Panamera is over any doubts regarding its future. Not only is it a critical success, but it was proven a sales success. These accolades rank the Panamera highly among the luxury sedans. The Panamera 4S gave an impressive run, going from start to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, while the Turbo 4S left people speechless as it took 3.7 seconds to attain the same speed. Both the Turbo and 4S showed great handling prowess at the test track.
Fuel concerns are likely no primary issue with buyers of Porches, but a notable item is an automatic stop/start feature that shuts off the engine when the car stops and restarts it when the driver is ready again, reducing the fuel consumption. The Panamera powered by a V-6 engine and the Panamera 4 are optimizing fuel economy, making them exempt from federal gas taxes.
The big Porsche does have a few faults though, it only holds four people total, while the competition seats five people. Also skyrocketing prices are noticed as drivers add more expensive options to their Porsches. Even so, these faults don't tarnish the shine of the Panamera. In Porsche tradition, there is an expensive and lengthy list of the options that allow buyers to customize the cars easily. Extra features of the Turbo are also available to the Panamera S and 4S. The Sport Design package dresses the exterior up, and the Sport Chrono Plus package adds digital and analog stopwatches. There are countless ways of customizing almost every surface of the interior with shades of wood, leather, metal, paint, and carbon fiber.
Body styles: coupe, hatchback, sedan
Engines: 3.6-liter V-6; 4.8-liter V-8
Transmissions: Automated manual
Models: Panamera base, Panamera 4, Panamera S, Panamera 4S, Panamera Turbo, Panamera Turbo S, Panamera GTS, Panamera S Hybrid
The lineup for the 2011 Porsche Panamera was extended to include two V-6 models, a few cosmetic enhancements, and the choice for extra power with a turbocharger kit.
Porsche Panamera is a four-door hatchback for four passengers and includes 18-inch wheels, rear sensors for parking, sunroof, and rear hatch. Other options are rear wiper, ceramic brakes, 20-inch wheels, anti-roll bars, climate control, rear sunshades, xenon headlights, air suspension, rear lighting, rearview camera, and keyless entry. The trunk area holds 15.7 cubic feet and 44.6 cubic feet if the seats are folded flat. The cargo bed complicates loading bulky items because of the height and narrow hatch opening.
The 2011 Porsche Panamera lacks an integrated control system resulting in 80 knobs and buttons littering up the cockpit area. Since these knobs are grouped and placed logically, after a little time, operating them becomes instinctive. Some drivers even prefer pushing buttons rather than shuffling through all those onscreen menus. The tachometer is in the center and is flanked by supporting gauges, speedometer, and a multifunction display.
The Porsche Panamera augments a turbocharged engine with 19-inch wheels, front parking sensors, 14-way front power seats, lumbar support, driver functions with expanded memory, power steering, keyless entry, ventilated seats, leather upholstery and seats, suede headliner, cooled glove box, rear bucket seats, and Bose surround-sound with 14 speakers. The Panamera 4 has all these features as well as all-wheel drive.
All four leather seats are alike in comfort and appearance. Seats that are well-formed provide support while cornering and comfort when touring long distances, and can either be heated or cooled.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Porsche Panamera is a luxurious, accomplished touring car and capable of high performance. Drivers are able to select what driving modes that fit their preferences. In a Normal mode, the Porsche feels as leisurely and soft as any flagship sedan. Using the full Sport mode sharpens every aspect of dynamics, including suspension firmness, throttle response, and ride weight. The Panamera powered by a V-8 engine is able to perform incredibly. The precision steering and handling can be compared to the small sports cars. The Porsche Panamera certainly does deliver as a sports car and a sedan.
All 2011 Porsche Panamera's come equipped with stability control, traction control, navigation system, anti-lock brakes, front knee airbags, rear side air bags, front side airbags, and side curtain airbags. A rearview camera and ceramic brakes are optional.
EPA Fuel Economy
Porsche Panamera base: 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway
Porsche Panamera 4: 18 mpg city/26 highway
Porsche Panamera S: 16 mpg city/24 highway
Porsche Panamera 4S: 16 mpg city/24 highway
Porsche Panamera Turbo: 15 mpg city/23 highway
- Beautiful interior
- Engine choices
- Impressive cornering
- Precision handling
You Won't Like
- Expensive options
- Four seats only
Broad appeal, styling, and comfort.
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