Porsche Panamera, a Sedan has 5 petrol and 2 Diesel cars in the Indian market, available in 16 colours, namely, Amethyst, Aqua Blue, Basalt Black, Black, Carbon Grey, Carrara White, Cognac, cognac Metallic, Crystal Green, Dark Blue, GT Silver, Jet Green, Mahogany, Platinum Silver, Topaz Brown and Yachting Blue. Panamera was first introduced in 2009 at Shanghai Motor Show and was deemed “ugly” by some auto experts. With “love it or hate it” looks, Porsche gambled with the model and eventually won it by placing the wagon adequately among the auto enthusiasts. Panamera is a “super-saloon”, from the same stable as Porsche 918 and stays true to its name. Though the car efficiently seats four, yet is built to travel around the city swiftly and easily.
Even with an exceptional performance front, it takes a stand back in the appearance sector; especially the rear end makes the car appear more gigantic and sluggish. The front façade is still appreciable but the sides and rear end is a disappointment. In simple words, it looks like a Cayenne being pressed from the roof increasing its wheelbase and decreasing the height, but is still endowed with the same lines and design. It comes equipped with 19 and 20-inch wheels depending upon the variant you choose.
Interior & Features
It can comfortably accommodate four occupants, however a fifth person cannot be adjusted because the rear seats are divided in two by AC vents and control buttons of the entertainment system. The front seats are split in two by the gearbox and the controls for the splendour infotainment screen on the dashboard. The car comes with a uniquely designed key that has the shape of Panamera itself. The steering wheel is bigger than other sports cars of the company with integrated paddle shift levers. Mounted with buttons to control the infotainment system and your calls, it furnishes a big Porsche logo in between. Five analogue dials cover the space behind the steering of which three have tiny digital screens which display valuable information.
This section is amongst the best features of the model. The car comes with six engine options including one diesel. Turbo S, the most powerful variant, has a 4.8-liter twin turbo engine with eight cylinders firing in V alignment. It produces 570 bhp, and has the capability to produce a maximum torque output of 800 Nm. The diesel variant is equipped with a 3.0 litre V6 unit that churns out 250 bhp and 550 Nm of torque. Each variant has a 7-speed dual clutch PDK transmission that changes gears in the blink of an eye. Designed by ZF, the gearbox has been programmed to predict the driving style of the person on the wheel and change gear accordingly.
The 4806 cc Diesel - powered variant delivers a fuel economy of 15.6 kmpl, while the Petrol variant offers a mileage of 11.7 kmpl, respectively.
Performance and Handling
The 250 bhp diesel variant has a top speed of 259 km/h and reaches 0-100 km/h acceleration in 6.0 s. The Turbo S variant has a top speed of 310 km/h and reaches 100 km/h in mere 3.8 s and 200 km/h in 12.8 s. The proficient and dynamic performance of the model is something that everybody would agree upon.
Aston Martin Rapide, Bentley Continental, Maserati Quattroporte and Jaguar XJ provide stiff competition to the Panamera.