Some people despise base models, but they probably haven’t experienced the Porsche Panamera. The Porsche Panamera is an automobile Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, capable of transforming entirely into something else. The truth is that the 2021 Porsche Panamera is a sports car, a family car and a luxury car.
The 2021 Porsche Panamera is ready to launch and turn like a sports car
The Porsche Panamera is fast. With 325 horsepower on tap, the Panamera might not look that fast, but it is. The previous iteration’s powertrain featured a 3.0-liter turbocharged engine, which a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 has since replaced. Porsche claimed a respectable 0-60mph time of just 5.1 seconds, a 0.1 second improvement and nothing to dismiss.
However, in testing, Car and Driver flew the car to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. Add launch control with the Sport Chrono package, and the Porsche really sprints. In addition to impressive acceleration, the Panamera can handle like a sports car. Car and driver managed to achieve 0.99 lateral g in the bloody Porsche by tackling the skid. Moreover, during the road test, the Panamera cornered flat and hard on rural and urban streets.
The Panamera is a car for the whole family
The 2021 Porsche Panamera is comfortable, with headroom and legroom to spare. Unless you’re tall enough. In addition to the generous interior space, natural light floods the cabin through the application of two prominent glass roof elements.
If you have a family, they will undoubtedly appreciate the space. Porsche designed the Panamera with a wide-opening, accommodating set of doors that are more than roomy enough for effortless entry and exit. The rear doors of the Panamera also allow easy access and installation of child seats.
Cargo volume is another advantage the Panamera has over traditional sports sedans and coupes. Opening the base model’s rear hatch reveals 18 cubic feet of cargo space. However, if that’s not enough, the owner can fold the rear seats in sections to accommodate up to 47 cubic feet of cargo.
Porsche Panamera is a luxury car
Car and Driver calls the interior of the 2021 Porsche Panamera “well built and understated”. Color palettes and material mixes leave the occupant little to be desired. In addition to the materials, the generous space and natural light create a luxurious environment inside the Panamera. Finally, with the addition of a Premium package, the Panamera will feature four-zone climate control, heated seats and soft-closing doors.
What does the Panamera hurt?
While the base-model Panamera does a lot of things well, it does have a few flaws. The Porsche’s most glaring flaw is that the optional extras quickly add up. Once you consider the optional extras like the Premium package, the Sport Chrono package and the ceramic composite brakes, the cost of the Panamera spins out of control. In fact, a fully loaded Panamera will be in Panamera 4S price territory.
The Panamera 4S is faster and more aggressive than the base model, but that’s what the 4S is all about. Consumers who want an AWD drag star should look no further than a 4S. However, if you’re looking for a comfortable four-door family car with Porsche performance, you can stop at the base model.
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