The 2011 Porsche Panamera, was launched in the 2009 and it was Porches’s first four door sedan to compete luxury sedan category. It was quite successful in getting attention in a short period of time as luxury sedan out of Porsche’s sports car heritage. It competes successfully with top ends segment cars like the Aston Martin Rapide or the Mercedes-Benz CLS-class, It combines all one would look from a luxury car, performance, good look, comfort and luxury.
The 2011 Porsche Panamera is a four-passenger, four-door hatchback that is offered in five trim levels; Base, 4, S, 4S and Turbo. The Porsche Panamera Base and 4 are powered by a 3.6-liter V6 engine that produces 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The base can sprint zero to 60 mph in as little as 5.6 seconds. The Porsche Panamera S and 4S receive a 4.8-liter V8 engine with 400 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Panamera S can reach zero to 60 mph in either 5.2 seconds while the 4S can achieve that within 4.8 seconds.
The Panamera Turbo gets a twin-turbocharged version of the same V8 engine producing an impressive 500 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque. The Turbo can make zero to sixty in 4.0 seconds. An optional Panamera Turbo Kit increases the performance with titanium alloy turbines and engine management tweaks, boosting the Panamera Turbo’s output to 540 hp and 590 lb-ft.
Every Panamera is equipped with a ZF-engineered seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. The Panamera Base and S are rear-wheel drive cars, while the Panamera 4, 4S and Turbo are all-wheel drive. Fuel economy is around 18 mpg in the city and 27mpg on the highway for the Base variant, the 4 achieves 18mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, the s and 4s have 16/24 mpg while the top end Turbo achieves 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
The 2011 Porsche Panamera Base and Panamera 4 comes equipped with long list of standard features including adaptive suspension dampers, 18-inch wheels, rear parking sensors, a power rear hatch, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a sunroof, eight-way power front seats, driver memory functions, a cooled glove-box, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a 60/40-split rear seatback and rear bucket seats. Also standard are a hard-drive-based navigation system and an 11-speaker CD audio system. The only difference between Panamera Base and Panamera 4 is the drive system, the 4 has all-wheel drive while the Base is a rear-wheel drive. The Panamera S and all-wheel-drive 4S also gets all the above features as standard.
The Porche Panamera Turbo adds adaptive bi-xenon headlights, adaptive air suspension, 19-inch wheels, front parking sensors, keyless ignition/entry, 14-way power front seats and adjustable lumbar support, a power-adjustable steering column, heated rear seats, a full leather interior, expanded driver memory functions and a Bose surround-sound audio system. All the Panamera features are available for the lower trim level as optional features.
Other optional features include variable-assist power steering, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, ceramic-composite brakes, 20-inch wheels, ventilated front and rear seats, eight-way adjustable power rear seats, a rear wiper, adaptive sport front seats that include adjustable side bolsters, leather upholstery, four-zone climate control, rear sunshades, rear ambient lighting, a rear-seat refrigerator, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, voice control, a rear-seat entertainment system, satellite radio, an iPod interface, a heated steering wheel, a six-disc CD/DVD changer and a 16-speaker Burmester surround-sound audio system. Analog and digital stopwatch and adjustable engine and suspension settings are available in the Sport Chrono Package.
Standard safety features in every 2011 Porsche Panamera include stability and traction control, front and rear side airbags, antilock brakes, side curtain airbags and front knee airbags. Optional safety features include Ceramic-composite brakes and a rearview camera.
The interior of the 2010 Porsche Panamera is crafted with high quality material and with minute details. The Porche Panamera lacks a centralized control system and the result is buttons everywhere. Luxury and comfort of panamera can be compared with any top end luxury sedan. All four seats are comfortable and provide ample amount of head/leg room with plenty of support. The trunk can hold an impressive 15.7 cubic feet of load (a little less in turbo version) and 44.6 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat.