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2021 Porsche Panamera

INTRODUCTION:

Porsche has upgraded the Panamera line with enhanced performance and high-tech features to compete with its following rivals;

  • Mercedes-AMG GT63 S
  • Bentley Continental Flying Spur
  • Audi RS7 Sportback. 

Panamera is impressive when you drive fast and has an attractive cabin that keeps you focused on the road.

2021 Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera is a front-engined car with a rear-wheel-drive layout, twin-turbo V-8 and a hybrid setup. It has a luxurious interior with space for four persons and their baggage. The back has a LED strip that extends through the entire car width, and a diffuser between the dual-exhaust vents gives it a sports look. Porsche Panameras has an improved steering design, including integrated shift control. Porsche says it changed the body slightly to enhance the quality of ride and agile handling. The Truffle Brown Metallic and Cherry Red Metallic are the new offered colors now. You can also find the Traffic-Sign Recognition and Lane-Departure Warning System on the list of standard features.

Engine, Performance, and Transmission:

Porsche has no diesel Panameras, and the engine starts with a 330 horsepower 2.9-liter petrol and becomes faster until you reach the maximum range of 4.0 V8 Turbo S, which goes 0-60mph in 2.9 sec and reaches 196mph.  When provided with adjustable suspension, the Panamera is thrilled to drive with sharp handling and a quality ride. It also provides the satisfaction of a luxurious four-door car. The rear-drive Panamera and 4WD Panamera 4 features a turbocharged 325 horsepower with 2.6-liter V-6. 

2021 Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera 4S model has a 440 horsepower twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 that can reach 60 mph in 3.6 sec. Moreover, Panamera GTS offers a 473 horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8. It is the best performing of the non-Turbo Panameras; though, its suspension lacks some ride quality over the car handling. Porsche Panameras Plug-in Hybrid has 455 horsepower in the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and 552 horsepower in the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid powertrain. 

Air suspension makes its grip, and in its sports setting, the body leans in corners to take turns on rough roads. The Porsche Panamera always appears compact when compared to its rivals– especially the Mercedes. The standard 8-speed PDK automatic transmission of the Panamera provides quick changes that make its engine stay strong. 

When you are just wandering around, the gear changes smoothly like Mercedes, and there is no clutch-pedal to use in start-stop driving. The adaptive air suspension has made it more comfortable. It also has an active-roll stabilization system to prevent the car from leaning in tight corners. Adaptive cruise control is still an expensive car that can cost over £70,000.

Back-axle steering:

The optionally offered rear-axle steering (standard in the Executive Porsche Panamera 4S, Executive Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid, and the Porsche Panamera Turbo S and S E-Hybrid variants) makes it appropriate for everyday use. At moderate speeds, the back wheels steer in the reverse direction of the front wheels. It results in the wheelbase shortening. Due to the reduced turning circle, the agility is improved and makes parking easy. Whereas at higher speeds, the rear wheels go in the same direction as the front wheels. This implicit wheelbase extension enhances the stability of driving. 

Brake System:

Except for the Porsche Panamera Turbo S and PanameraTurbo S E-Hybrid models, all the models of Porsche have front 6-piston, and rear 4-piston aluminum enclosed monoblock fixed brake calipers. It makes them light in weight but deformation-resistant. It has a tight pedal drive, a precise pressure point, and an impressively short braking distance.

Real-World MPG and Fuel Economy:

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued fuel-economy estimates for the Porsche Panamera models, but none of them is fuel-efficient. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is above all the Panamera models, as it has a limited range of electric driving. The non-hybrid models such as the base Panamera, the Panamera 4 and Panamera 4S models are efficient, which offer 18 mpg city and 24 mpg fuel economy ratings. 

Interior, Cargo, and Comfort:

The best Sports car on the track! Comfortable and Spacious for four!

Porsche Panamera has an advanced driver-focused cockpit that offers the latest center console designed in a glass look. The standard equipment list is extensive and class-relevant. However, as compared to any Porsche, the equipment list is also long and expensive. The rear ambient optional lighting is offered for enhancing your comfort. You can choose the colors of the lights and change the intensity.

2021 Porsche Panamera

Other options include:

  • Ventilated seats.
  • Soft-close doors.
  • 4 zone automatic climate control.
  • Powered rear sunshade.

The sport seats with 18-way adjustability are more comfortable that holds you around your body curves. The low seats in the Panamera give this a sports car feel. The Executive Panamera models have limo-like rear legroom. The center console is high-tech with touch-screen and control functions like climate control. However,  the touch system is difficult to use while driving, but you quickly get used to it. The Panamera also provides an 18 cubic feet spacious cargo room.

Infotainment System and Connectivity

Porsche Panamera has an attractive 12.3-inch infotainment touch-sensitive screen; however, the infotainment is quite difficult to operate. It offers many mobile-connected services such as Apple CarPlay, satellite navigation and a WiFi hotspot. Although the options are quite confusing, their functions are more intuitive. The Panamera buyers can access CarPlay through a 12.3-inch display of the vehicle having a 10GB media storage drive, slots for SD card, supporting and USB connections. It also offers voice control.

2021 Porsche Panamera

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Porsches have an excellent prominence for safety and crash performance, and the Panamera has various driver-assistance specs such as;

  • Lane Assist
  • Automatic Emergency Braking
  • Blind Spot Detection
  • Forward Collision
  • Backup Camera

Porsche now has a lane-keeping assist system as the standard equipment. But many tech-based driver support (like night vision) and active safety systems demand more coin.  All the cockpit options are premium quality that is similar to those in Audi, BMW, or Mercedes. However, its unique design and low-set dashboard make it more special than its competitors. All Panameras have a 12.3-inch infotainment screen that is sharp and easy to operate.

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