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Porsche Panamera

The independent definitive Porsche Panamera video review
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    By Jonathan Crouch

    The updated version of Porsche's second generation '971'-seriest Panamera luxury five-door Gran Turismo model has been subtly evolved. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

    Ten Second Reviewword count: 124

    Named after the Carrera Panamerican road race, Porsche's Panamera is the brand's offering to Luxury segment buyers wanting spacious rear seat accommodation and a properly sporting Gran Turismo driving experience. This model could have ended up being a four-door version of the company's 911 coupe or a low-slung interpretation of the marque's Cayenne luxury SUV. In the event, it's very much its own car, a long, low five-door hatch that offers something very different in its sector. This revitalised version of the MK2 model not only looks a little smarter but also offers a fresh electrified PHEV option - and an uber-powerful performance flagship variant. Whatever your preference, for boardroom buyers who yearn for Brands Hatch, this car promises to be a tempting proposition.

    Backgroundword count: 226

    Porsche makes sportscars. And some of them look like this. Like its predecessor, this second generation Panamera, first launched in 2017, sets out to be more than simply another powerfully performing Luxury segment saloon. It's a machine instead created around the uncompromising sportscar principles that so characterise its brand - and a design now enhanced in this much improved form. To understand this car, you have to understand the way that Porsche sees it. This contender may be priced against Mercedes S-Class-style Luxury saloons, but ever since the MK1 model's original launch back in 2010, its role in life has been styled to be subtly different. The brand sees the Panamera as a 'Gran Turismo', the kind of car that allows two rear seat passengers to recline in comfort while the driver enjoys himself. Forget Audi A8s and BMW 7 Series models. Think instead... Maserati Quattroporte or even the old Aston Martin Rapide. In other words, a four-door luxury conveyance to really get the pulses racing. This car won't be chauffeur-driven. As before, there's a choice of either the standard five-door or a 'Sport Turismo' body style, a kind of 'shooting brake'-style estate. Whatever your choice of variant, you should find this to be one of the most sophisticated cars Porsche has ever made. But is it also one of the very best? Let's find out.

    Driving Experienceword count: 384

    Really clever engineering can defy the laws of physics. If you want proof, here it is in the metal. The first generation Panamera handled quite impressively for a model of this kind, but when we first tried this second generation version '971'-series model back in 2017, we felt it was far closer to being the kind of car Porsche always wanted to make in this segment. And so it is with this revised version of that MK2 model. Thanks to fantastic steering and an astonishing lack of body roll on fast, flowing roads, this two-tonne, four-seat Luxury segment contender feels almost as agile as a Porsche 911. Or at least it does when specified with all of the brand's expensive dynamic drive technology. There's a lot of it - adaptive anti-roll bars, 'PTV' torque vectoring and a rear-axle steering system are amongst the highlights. 'PASM' adaptive damping is standard, but most Panamera customers embellish it with the optional air suspension set-up. Virtually all of these features have been reworked for this revised model. You're going to want to know about the changes made to this revised model. Well, the previous top 'Turbo' model has been replaced by an even faster one, the 'Turbo S', which gets a re-tuned version of the car's 4.0-litre twin turbo V8 producing 630PS and capable of the 62mph sprint in just 3.1s. There's a new electrified PHEV variant too, the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid, which mates a 2.9-litre twin turbocharged V6 with a 136PS electric motor creating a combined system output of 560PS - enough to get you to 62mph in just 3.7s. Yet thanks to a larger 17.9kWh lithium-ion battery, this plug-in hybrid Porsche can now manage 33.5 miles of all-electric driving. If you can't quite stretch to that, there's a lesser Panamera 4 E-Hybrid variant available with a similar but slightly de-tuned version of the same powertrain and a system output of 462PS. Or if you want more, there's the V8 Turbo S E-Hybrid, with 700PS. Otherwise, the range is familiar from before; no diesels of course. And a starting point of a 2.9-litre V6 developing 330PS in the Panamera and Panamera 4 variants - and 440PS in the Panamera 4S. Bridging the gap to that top Turbo S variant is the V8 GTS variant, which offers 480PS.

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    Statistics (subset of data only)

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    Max

    Price:

    £69,860.00 (At 27 Nov 2020)

    £142,280.00 (At 27 Nov 2020)

    Insurance group 1-50:

    50

    CO2 (g/km):

    45

    289 (WLTP)

    Max Speed (mph):

    174 (4E-Hybrid)

    0-62 mph (s):

    4.2 (4E-Hybrid)

    Combined mpg:

    141.2 (4E-Hybrid)

    Length (mm):

    5049

    Width (mm):

    1937

    Height (mm):

    1432

    Boot capacity min (litres):

    403

    495

    Scoring (subset of scores)

    Category: Luxury Saloons and Estates

    Performance
    80%
    Handling
    70%
    Comfort
    80%
    Space
    70%
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