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Reviewed by Nelson Ireson
Senior Editor, The Car Connection
BASE INVOICE
$67,500
BASE MSRP
$75,200
Quick Take
Bucking tradition and the ordinary, the 2012 Porsche Panamera mostly succeeds in being an excellent large fastback sedan. Read more »
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Even the most devoted Panamera spotter will struggle to discern the V6 from its grander siblings.

Edmunds' Inside Line »

Regardless of what descriptor you use, most of us seem to agree that it looks like the unlikely five-door offspring of an illicit tryst between a Porsche 928 and a Chrysler Crossfire.

Autoblog »

We'd willingly trade room for top hats and designer luggage for a form that sincerely flatters the Panamera's far-reaching function.

Automobile Magazine »

chubby-butted

Motor Trend »
Pricing and Specifications by Style
$75,200 $173,200
4-Door HB
Gas Mileage 18 mpg City/27 mpg Hwy
Engine Gas V6, 3.6L
EPA Class Large Car
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity 4
Passenger Doors 4
Body Style 4dr Car
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The Basics:

Porsche's Panamera combines sports-car handling with German engineering, controversial styling and, yes, four doors. It's not entirely new territory to Porsche, but it's the first sedan from the brand, and it has succeeded in expanding the appeal of the marque beyond focused sports cars and its Cayenne SUV.

For the 2012 model year, Porsche adds Turbo S and S Hybrid models to the Panamera range, but styling remains the same. The extended roofline, which is intended to evoke the fastback profile of the 911, jars some as being over-large, but everywhere else, the Panamera offers supersized versions of classic Porsche themes, from the headlights to the fenders to the tail. Inside, the cabin is elegant and sports car-like up front yet limo-like in the rear, with ample room.

Performance ranges from quick to blistering, with the base Panamera rated at 300 horsepower from a 3.6-liter V-6 engine, up to a massive 550 horsepower from a twin-turbo 4.8-liter V-8 in the Turbo S. The new S Hybrid packs quite a punch as well, rated at 380 horsepower and 5.7-seconds to 60 mph while still pulling down 30 mpg on the highway. All models come standard with the excellent seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox, which clicks through shifts in automatic mode or with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters for manual mode when equipped with the Sport Chrono package.

Cargo space is impressive with the rear seats laid flat and the hatchback-like rear profile opened up. Porsche claims two fully-assembled bicycles can fit in the space. The cabin itself is plush, with a dual character dividing the sport-centric front from the comfier rear.

Features are packed in as well, though it skips some of the high-tech safety gear found in some rivals, but what is there is commanded by a sea of buttons on the busy center console. Among the available features you'll find cruise control, dual-zone climate control, leather seating, a panoramic sunroof, navigation with customizable maps, and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity.

The NHTSA and IIHS haven't rated the Porsche Panamera's crash safety, but available safety features include Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, which uses individual brakes to control stability and traction; rearview cameras; all-wheel drive; hill-hold assist; and optional rear side airbags. All Panameras come standard with dual front, side, knee, and curtain airbags, and an active pop-up hood to protect pedestrians.

Likes:

  • Supercar power (Turbo and Turbo S)
  • Excellent PDK gearbox
  • Confident handling and high-speed stability
  • Nimble feel
  • Incredibly spacious backseat

Dislikes:

  • Styling misses the mark from some angles
  • Button-busy center console
  • Driving feels almost synthetic due to numerous aids
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