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On Safety
We won't get official crash tests for this prestige luxury car, but all the signs are here that Porsche hasn't taken safety lightly.
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And as with all modern luxury cars, safety is a top priority for the Panamera. Standard passive safety features include dual front, side, knee and curtain airbags, an active pop-up hood to minimize pedestrian injury, and rear side airbags are optionally available. Active safety starts with Porsche's excellent stability and traction control features, but also includes rearview cameras to help when backing up, and hill-start control keep the car from rolling backwards on steep inclines.

Rearview cameras assist when backing up, and the multifunction display in the gauges allows drivers to toggle through car functions and displays, including navigation, while keeping more focus on the road ahead. All-wheel drive is a safety benefit on its own, even more so in the ferociously powerful Panamera Turbo-and Porsche permits drivers to cycle through various traction and stability control modes for all kinds of driving situations. A hill-holder feature keeps the car from rolling back on inclines when starting.

Meanwhile, the PTV (Porsche Torque Vectoring) Plus system works with the chassis and stability control and helps make the Panamera steer with greater security near the limit by gently modulating individual brakes in a way that will keep the vehicle more stable. The system works as a controlled rear differential on slippery surfaces.

Conclusion

We won't get official crash tests for this prestige luxury car, but all the signs are here that Porsche hasn't taken safety lightly.

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