Incredible handling for an executive car; potent acceleration; luxurious accommodations for four; plug-in hybrid with full electric capability; available long-wheelbase model
Styling remains controversial; only seats four
Although it utilizes the same basic platform as before, the Panamera receives significant changes for 2014, including a long-wheelbase Executive model, a plug-in S E-Hybrid that supplants last year's conventional hybrid and a new twin-turbocharged V6 in place of the outgoing S model's 4.8-liter V8. See the 2014 Porsche Panamera models for sale near you
The base Panamera ($79,075) comes with a V6 engine, 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, LED accent lighting, a power-operated hatchback, auto stop/start, a moon roof, dual-zone automatic climate control, 8-way power front seats, Bluetooth, a USB port, a 7-in infotainment display with a hard-drive-based navigation system and an 11-speaker audio system. The Panamera 4 ($83,775) adds all-wheel drive.
The Panamera S ($94,175) and all-wheel-drive Panamera 4S ($99,275) step up to a powerful twin-turbocharged V6, adaptive headlights and driver-adjustable suspension settings.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid ($99,975) boasts the advanced plug-in hybrid system described above, hybrid-specific instrumentation, an air suspension, the Porsche Car Connect interface (including a Hybrid-specific smartphone app) and speed-sensitive power steering that's optional on other models.
The Panamera GTS ($114,375) features a V8 engine, extra LED accent lights, 19-in wheels, upgraded brakes, a sport exhaust system, a power tilt/telescopic SportDesign steering wheel with paddle shifters and 18-way adaptive sport seats.
The Panamera Turbo ($142,275) offers many of the GTS model's performance-oriented features along with a stronger turbocharged V8, keyless ignition/entry, 14-way power front seats, extended leather trim and a 14-speaker Bose audio system. Notably, the Turbo's Sport Chrono package (also available on other Panameras) adds not only a racy acceleration stopwatch but also an extra dollop of torque at full throttle.
The Executive models, meanwhile, boast exclusive features such as a wheelbase that's 5.9 inches longer (for increased rear legroom), self-closing doors, a standard air suspension, thicker glass, heated and cooled front and rear seats, 8-way power rear seats, a rear vanity mirror, power sunshades and 4-zone automatic climate control. Two trims are offered: 4S Executive ($126,575) and Turbo Executive ($162,075).
As we've come to expect from Porsche, there's a never-ending list of options for the Panamera. Highlights include adaptive cruise control, an adaptive performance suspension with a limited-slip rear differential (aka, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control), a rear entertainment system, a 360-degree rearview camera and a high-end Burmester audio system.
Cargo capacity in the regular Panamera models measures 15.7 cu ft behind the rear seats and nearly 45 cu ft with the rear seat backs folded down, though the S E-Hybrid manages a bit less: 11.8 and 40.7 cu ft, respectively. Porsche hasn't specified the maximum cargo capacity of Executive models, but there should be slightly more of it due to the longer wheelbase.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||12 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|