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2011 Porsche Panamera vs. Its Competition

2010 Porsche Panamera V6
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Priced from less than $80k for a base Panamera V6 to the vicinity of $150k for a well-optioned Turbo, the 2011 Porsche Panamera is up against some of the finest sedans in the world, including the Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes CLS- and S-Class, and BMW 7-series.

The Quattroporte is more of a feast for the senses, with quick, sharp steering response and the spine-tingling wail of its Ferrari-designed engine; however ride quality and interior quality aren't as impressive.

At the far opposite end is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which performs well but provides a numbing driving experience.

Even in high-performance AMG guise, it's more of a hefty high-speed hauler than a canyon-carving sport sedan.

The S-Class, along with the BMW 7-Series, however, are high-tech flagships, offering items like night-vision systems, active seats, and other accident-avoidance gadgets, and their back seats are very roomy like that of the Panamera.

The Mercedes-Benz CLS comes across as more of a fashion victim, as its swoopy roofline especially limits rear headroom and results in odd packaging compared to these other large sedans.

The Aston Martin Rapide and even the new Jaguar XJ bracket the Panamera's performance with truly stunning looks and lighter-weight aluminum bodies and possibly, with the Aston, more cachet.

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Gas V6Gas I4Electric/Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Turbocharged I4
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Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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