The Panamera is exemplary—but so is most of the other competition.
The question is more about what you want than what’s better or worse.
Case in point is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, long regarded as the standard-bearer for big sedans.
It has plenty of power, but delivers it in a far more muted sense.
It’s more deprivation chamber than driver’s car.
The BMW 7-Series is another AA-grade ride, with more feel than the big Merc but still focused on quiet luxury more than anything else.
The Maserati Quattroporte doesn’t tread that softly.
It’s the emotive one of this group, a barking Italian full of pizzazz.
Too bad it’s one of the most outdated sedans in this class.
A better choice would be the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, which is the S-Class for those not yet retired.
It sells itself on the swoopy roofline and more invigorating driving dynamics. And then there’s the Tesla Model S, an electric superstar that made Elon Musk a household name.
It doesn’t have the gravitas of everything else on this list, but it does have a ludicrous mode that makes it faster than nearly anything else ever built.
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