- Sport sedan with seating for 4 passengers
- Many engine and drivetrain options
- Rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive
The 2016 Porsche Panamera combines luxury sedan comfort with a high performance sports car for a passenger-friendly car that’s fun for all.
Changes are minimal for the 2016 Porsche Panamera. The Edition trim is newly available for the base Panamera and Panamera 4 configurations has distinctive exterior styling details and a selection of standard equipment that would otherwise be optional. There is also a new Panamera Exclusive Series, which is a limited-production, fully loaded Turbo S with additional hand-finished details and customization possibilities.
The Panamera’s styling hasn’t changed much since its introduction in 2010. It maintains Porsche distinctive design language, which features an elongated hood and elegant, fastback rear-end. A power liftgate, power/heated/auto-dimming side mirrors, and a dual-pipe exhaust system come standard.
Like the 911, the Panamera is offered in a long list of varieties that can be separated by drivetrain and engine. Models with a “4” in the name get all-wheel drive, while all other models are rear-wheel drive. The Panamera and Panamera 4 models feature the base engine, a 310-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 that makes 295 pounds-feet of torque. Panamera S, Panamera 4S, and Panamera 4S Executive models take it up a notch, with a new 420-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 that replaces the 4.8-liter V-8. The Panamera GTS and higher trims have standard all-wheel drive. The GTS also uses a 440-hp, 4.8-liter V-8, while the Panamera Turbo and Turbo Executive get a twin-turbocharged version of that engine which makes 520-hp along with 516 pounds-feet of torque. At the top of the heap are the Turbo S and Turbo S Executive models which get 570-hp versions of the V-8 and run from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds.
All models come with Porsche’s superb, PDK seven-speed automatic dual-clutch gearbox and launch control, for perfect launches off the line every time. An adaptive air suspension is optional (standard on higher trim) that is comfortable for long cruises, but can firm up at the press of a button to carve any canyon.
Inside, the Panamera’s cabin is very customizable with a wide range of color and material options from real wood trim to carbon fiber. Standard features include powered front seats, automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, leather upholstery, USB/iPod port, and a leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel. All the requisite luxury car options are here as well, but bear in mind that this being Porsche, they will cost you an arm and part of a leg as well.
Standard safety features include airbags, anti-lock brakes, an electronic stability system, and a tire pressure monitoring system.