Consumer Reviews Summary
9 of 9 (100%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Porsche Panamera Overview
Two new models join the Porsche Panamera lineup in 2012, including a hybrid that gets 30 mpg (covered separately) and a more powerful turbo version. Porsche now offers seven variants of the Panamera sedan, which was introduced in 2009.
Although its styling is somewhat polarizing, the Panamera boasts levels of luxury and performance that few four-door sedans can match. The main competition comes from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, and Jaguar XJ. The seven Panamera models are distinguished by powertrain choices:
The base Panamera has a 300-horsepower 3.6-liter V-6 and rear-wheel-drive, while the Panamera 4 adds active all-wheel-drive capability. Next up is the Panamera S which features a larger 400-horsepower 4.8-liter V-8, while the Panamera 4S adds AWD to the mix.
The Panamera Turbo boosts the V-8’s output to 500 horsepower with a pair of turbochargers and also includes AWD. The new Turbo S model optimizes the turbos and engine-management system to add 50 more horsepower, allowing the Turbo S to hit 190 mph while holding the fuel economy at a respectable 15 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. All models utilize a 7-speed double-clutch gearbox with both manual and automatic modes.
With seating just for four, the Panamera is at a slight disadvantage to other sedans, but rear passengers will find the legroom and headroom rather generous. The naturally aspirated models have 8-way adjustable power front seats with the turbo models getting 10-way seats. Adaptive sport seats with 18-way adjustment and firmer support are optional. All seating has available heating and ventilation.
Drivers are kept informed through a 7-inch touch screen on the center dash and a 4.8-inch TFT multi-function display in the instrument panel. Porsche offers two climate systems—a two-zone and a four-zone. More than 15 cubic feet of cargo space is offered, which expands to 44.6 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down. A Bose sound system is standard with a 16-speaker, 1000-watt Burmester audio available.
The 2012 Panamera offers a full array of safety features to complement its advanced technology. Although relatively new to the luxury performance sedan market, the Panamera is a worthy contender and upolds Porsche’s legendary reputation for driving thrills.