2011 Porsche Panamera Overview
It’s still hard to fathom a four-door hatchback from Porsche, but the uniquely impressive and luxurious 2011 Porsche Panamera rolls into its second year of production with a few new tricks up its sleeve.
Even though the Panamera has only been available for two years, Porsche decided to add a V-6 version to the previously exclusive V-8. The 2011 Panamera is now available in three trim levels with three different engine options. The new 300-horsepower, 3.6-liter V-6 (400 pounds-feet of torque) joins the Panamera S with its 400-horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8 (500 pounds-feet of torque) and the Panamera Turbo, which boasts an eye-popping 500-horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8 and out-of-this-world 700 pounds-feet of torque for world-class acceleration. All engines are mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission.
Even though the Panamera sports four doors, it’s still a Porsche – which means that the act of driving is taken seriously. A Sport Chrono Package Plus adds a setting for sportier drivetrain and suspension settings, as well as a launch-control feature for faster sprints from a standing start. All-wheel drive versions are available in the base and Panamera S trims and are dubbed ‘Panamera 4’. Standard on Panamera 4 and Turbo trims and optional on the others is the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission, which lowers shift times to a few hundredths of a second. Competition in the large sedan/hatchback luxury segment includes the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series. Fuel economy ratings check in at 15-18 mpg in the city and 23-27 mpg on the highway. The Panamera also features Auto Stop Start technology, which turns off the engine when the car comes to a complete stop, and starts again when the brake pedal is released in order to save fuel.
The 2011 Porsche Panamera’s exterior has been at the center of controversy and it seems like there are equal amounts of people who love it or hate it. Up front, the Panamera looks like a more conventional car with a long hood and sleek LED accents up front. As you move rearward, the Panamera’s profile becomes unmistakable with its large liftgate and elongated cabin. Black brake calipers and five-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels are standard, while silver calipers (Panamera S), red calipers (Turbo) and 19- and 20-inch wheels are available to spruce up the Panamera’s look even more.
The Panamera features 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear bucket seats and 44.6 cubic feet when they are folded. Speaking of the backseat, an optional dual-screen entertainment system, heated seats, and keyless access will make you want to ride in the Panamera as much as drive it. A 1,000-watt, 16-speaker Burmester premium audio system, Porsche Communication Management system with a seven-inch touchscreen navigation system, Bluetooth® connectivity, and refined leather upholstery are just some of the high-end features.
Frontal, knee, and seat-mounted side-impact airbags keep the front passengers safe, while side-impact airbags protect the rear passengers. Curtain airbags cover the side windows and insulate passengers in both rows. Electronic stability control systems with traction control and antilock disc brakes are just a few of the safety features of the Panamera.
If you are looking for a car that’s able to combine Porsche’s legendary driving dynamics with the practicality and roominess of a luxury sedan, then the 2011 Porsche Panamera is just what you’ve been waiting for.