The Porsche problem child once known as the four door, long-in-all-the-wrong-places Panamera has been revamped, restyled, and re-engineered for the 2017 model year,but you knew that already
The 4S that will be the starter performance model, priced at just under $100k, features a relatively miniscule yet rev-happy 2.9 liter V6, with the very welcome addition of two small but potent, mid-mounted turbochargers, producing 440 horsepower and 405 ft-lbs of torque – the curve of which is pancake flat and stretches from 2000 to 4500 rpm. It also features an eight-speed version of Porsche’s stellar PDK transmission, which is perhaps the best flappy paddle gearbox the world has ever seen.
That combination of turbo whistle and combustion energy will propel the all-wheel-drive, 4123 lb. Panamera from zero to 60 miles per hour between 4.2 and 4.0 seconds, depending on if you left the Sport Chrono package box checked on your order sheet or not. That is nearly supercar quick by any measure, but it doesn’t stop there.
Porsche’s top-spec Panamera is the Turbo S, and here are the figures: 4.0 liter twin-turbocharged V8. 550 horsepower, 567 ft-lbs of torque, on a flat-ass curve between 2000 and 4500. Eight-speed PDK transmission. Revised suspension that allows every component of the car to talk to every other component, for maximum grip. Direct injection. Rear steering.
This symphony of engineering and luxury culminates in the 4400 lb. Panamera Turbo achieving a published 0-60 time of 3.4 seconds, which, for those of you paying attention, is just as fast as a freaking Ferrari FF. However, as Porsche is apt to do, their numbers always tend to skew towards the conservative, and I’d be willing to bet that with launch control engaged and the benevolent gods of adhesion looking down upon you favorably, you could get the Panamera Turbo S off the line quite a bit faster than the manufacturer’s published time.