2017 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid | IS Porsche still a sports car manufacturer or is it now only a auto corporation that still constructs sports cars?
While the German firm's heritage isn't in doubt, its huge success with the likes of the Cayenne and Macan 4x4s and this Panamera saloon is hard to ignore.
In fact, the second largest generation Panamera only cements that argument.
Since 2009, Porsche has sold more than 150,000 of them worldwide and with a long-wheelbase and Sport Turismo estate model on their lane, the Panamera has probably entered the mainstream more than ever before.
After all, for all its speed and performance, this is still a four-door barroom powered by a diesel engine.
With a clearly defined street it only takes a flex of your right foot to have the Panamera leaping up the road
There's no disguising its sizing, either. Longer, wider and taller than before, the new Panamera struggles to hide its duration when parked and the reduced headroom above the rear bench passengers only worsens that.
There's a new turbo-diesel engine in this version too, Porsche's most powerful diesel yet.
The new 4.0 -litre V8 makes 422 bhp with four-wheel drive and an impressive 0 to 60 mph period of 4. five seconds along with a 177 mph top speed.
Those are some eyebrow-raisingly good numbers for a auto that tip-off the scales at over two tonnes.
There's also 42.2 mpg average fuel economy and 178 g/ km emissions, both highly respectable given that become of pace.
So how does it feel on the road? From inside the cabin you'd be hard-pressed to tell it's a diesel engine but as those acceleration figures indicate, it's no slouch.
With a clearly defined street it only takes a flex of your right foot to have the Panamera leaping up the road.
The only problem is that even with the eight-speed, twin-clutch, semi-automatic gearbox it's not always the smoothest transition.
While it clearly has the outright speed of a sports car in a straight line, the Panamera's size means it doesn't always feel the sharpesthandling barroom around.
Despite all that raw velocity it experiences broad and slightly cumbersome at times, especially on narrow country paths and even when parking.
Ironically, it's that feel of sizing that's more likely to hinder your progress than the car's actual traction and talent.
Having used to say, the Porsche is unquestionably a sportier drive than the likes of the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series or Mercedes S-Class
The Panamera boasts less body wheel through recess and is more of an enthusiast's choice as opposed to more conventional saloons, which are in turn maybe more comfortable to drive on a long tour than this Porsche rival.
Ultimately your choice will depend on where your priorities lie and the type of driving that you do the most.
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Which, ironically, is also the case for the Panamera's interior. We're not keen on Porsche's design ethos of late of flooding the transmitting tunnel with buttons.
Others may like the aircraft-cockpit inspiration, but we feel it's overly fussy. The good bulletin is that that has travelled with this Panamera, replaced by an exclusively flat touch-screen panel.
So the same switches "re still here" but really exclusively flat.
The result is that it gapes a lot cleanser from a blueprint attitude but, ironically, compiles it even worse to operate on the move, thrusting "youve got to" take your eyes off the road for even fairly simple tasks.
We're not big-hearted love of it, that's for sure. In solving one problem, it's as if they've simply acquainted a different one.
Likewise, the central touch-screen is easy-going to control but not that intuitive for simple exercises like changing books on an MP3 player.
That replied, the car does score well for feasibility, with respectable seat in the figurehead and rear fannies- the latter not entirely expected considering the fact that brand-new, curvier, roofline.
At 495 litres boot seat is OK rather than superb; it feels slightly shallow. If you'd like more there's always the brand-new Sport Turismo estate, though.
Overall, your view will be affected by what the hell are you require from a athletics barroom. If you like quick and concerning( to a certain extent ), this is the car for you.
If you require something better comfortable and practical and you're willing to relinquish some sportiness, then a competitive barroom might be better.
Either way, the second largest generation of Panamera cements Porsche's position into the mainstream more than ever.
Price: PS91, 788
Engine: Turbo-diesel- 4.0 -litre, V8
Power: 0 to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds, 177 mph top speed
Fuel economy: 42.2 mpg
CO2 radiations: 178 g/ km
Rivals: BMW 7-Series, Mercedes S-Class
Rating: 8/ 10
Source : express.co.uk