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2013 Porsche Panamera Review

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The Porsche Panamera offers sports car engineering in a premium luxury sedan. The Panamera is designed as an exciting four-door car seeking to edge out competitors in the form of BMW, Audi, Maserati, and Aston Martin. The Panamera is an effort by the German automaker to expand beyond the success of its legendary 911-variant models. In comparison to the sport coupe of the brand, the 2013 Porsche Panamera is robustly outfitted with seating up to four and pricey interior amenities. Debuting in 2009, the Porsche Panamera is available in a suite of trim levels and specifications. In addition to the base Panamera, the company offers the Panamera in S (supercharged), GTS (Grand Touring), Turbo, and Hybrid versions.

Bearing resemblance to the legendary 911, the Porsche Panamera is a brave departure for the company that has made a name for itself with its stripped-down, performance-oriented minimalism of its most famous designs. The Panamera and Porsche’s other experiment, the Cayenne SUV, bring the Porsche brand to a new group of car buyers interested in German engineering excellence that could still haul around the family, all in the same car. With a multitude of powertrain options and add-on packages, the 2013 Porsche Panamera is a leading entrant into the relatively un-crowded market space it occupies.

New For 2013

The 2013 Porsche Panamera adds a new model to its lineup. Other current models rollover into the new model year mostly unchanged. However:

  • 2013 is the first year for the GTS body style with SportDesign aesthetic updates


The 2013 Porsche Panamera is clearly related to the 911, though its silhouette departs from the design of the classic Porsche fairly quickly upon closer inspection. The four-door Panamera displays a coupe-like body style and retains the certifiably-Porsche headlamp surrounds, slanting nose, and rounded fenders. The Panamera features a power rear lift gate, power rear spoiler, and galvanized steel/aluminum body panel material. For 2013, the Porsche Panamera is available in a Platinum options package, offering silver detailing and upgraded wheels. Options include matching body trim panels, a body-colored rear bumper, a black rear bumper insert, and a roof rack. Rocker panel extensions are also available. The Porsche Panamera ships with 18-inch wheels, though assortments of upgraded wheels are available options.

Interior & Cargo

The interior of the 2013 Porsche Panamera is a comfy and cozy experience for front and rear seat passengers alike. In fact, the amount of interior space makes the Porsche Panamera a legitimate choice for everyday driving. On the dash, intuitive controls provide easy access to essential functions in a way that does not obtrude into the driver’s ability to concentrate on the road. Interior amenities of the 2013 Porsche Panamera include dual-zone front air conditioning, standard rear air conditioning, and sunshade. The air conditioning system provides drive and passenger memory settings. Other interior comforts are cruise control (with distance pacing), power doors, power windows, and proximity key. Leather upholstery is standard across all models of the 2013 Panamera. The cabin is rounded off with a refrigerated/cooled box and glove box for stowing a snack on the go. Infotainment features of the 2013 Porsche Panamera include AM/FM/Satellite radio, optional Sirius XM/HD radio, CD remote, MP3 support, optional Bose speakers, and internet access. First and second-row LCD monitors, and AudioPlot digital signal processing are all optional. Overall, the Porsche Panamera packs a lot of luxury into a sporty package that speeds ahead of other less-featured automobiles in its class.


The Porsche Panamera is engineered for safety thanks to a variety of innovative features. Industry-standard safety complements featured in the design of the Panamera include four-wheel anti-lock brakes, braking assist, and four-wheel disc brakes. Driver and passenger airbags, side-mounted airbags, curtain airbags, and knee airbags provide added safety. An engine immobilizer is also included in the 2013 Porsche Panamera. The body panels are steel and aluminum and are reinforced by side-impact bars. Stability control, traction control, and a security system are also part of the Panamera design.

Driving Experience

The driving experience of the 2013 Porsche Panamera is varied depending upon the model driven. Of the models available, the basic configuration includes a six-cylinder outputting 300 horsepower (hp) at 6200 rpm. The 2013 Porsche Panamera S is upgraded to a 4.8-liter, outputting a whopping 400 horsepower. The new Porsche Panamera GTS offers even more power at 430 horsepower. The Hybrid version of the S sacrifices 20-hp, while the Turbo tops out the lineup with 500 horsepower in the standard Turbo and 550-hp for the Turbo S version. In all cases, the Panamera is aptly powered to handle any sedan task. Born of Porsche’s legendary pedigree, the 2013 Panamera continues the new-road forged by the automaker in its effort to reach a broader audience. Porsche leaps ahead of European supercar competitors costing double the Panamera. Stylish, powerful, and totally original, the 2013 Porsche Panamera is a luxury car with a sports car soul.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Porsche Panamera

  • BMW M5
  • Aston Martin Rapide
  • Maserati Gran Turismo

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