2018 Porsche Panamera Review

2018 Panamera Ann Arbor

About the Porsche Panamera

The 2018 Porsche Panamera is everything you didn’t even know you wanted — maybe even always needed — in a luxury sedan. Since it’s launch in 2010, the Porsche Panamera has been the innovator in the segment.

  • Sportscar handling in a 4,100 pound full-size sedan?
  • Burmester Audio Systems in an automobile?
  • A Plug-in Hybrid Luxury Sedan?

The Porsche Panamera was the first to deliver each of these in a luxury sedan, and for 2018 it continues to redefine the segment. Maybe Car & Driver put it best when it called the Panamera “A Driver’s Car in a Segment that Prioritizes Passengers”, or maybe other expert opinions better capture the contradiction that is the Porsche Panamera:

What the Critics Say

"The Panamera has finally evolved, and is a welcomed improvement over the previous generation" — Top Speed

"The wide stance and the sloping roof line add a muscular look. All told, its design language builds a strong link to Porsche's iconic 911." — Left Lane News



What’s New for 2018

Maybe the largest contradiction in the 2018 Panamera lineup is that an E-Hybrid Panamera is at the pinnacle of Panamera performance. The 2018 Panamera S E-Hybrid is powered by a twin-turbocharged V8 engine paired with an electric motor and a 14-kWh lithium-ion battery that combine to pump out 680 horsepower.

Or maybe the most surprising contradiction is the the addition of the Sport Turismo. In the words of AutoGuide.com: "Let's cut right to the chase: The 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo is a wagon. It’s sleek and sexy and stunning, an outrageously beautiful example of automotive design. But it's still a wagon... and it might be the perfect Porsche."

2018 Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera Features

Porsche Panamera Engines

Panamera Engines

Without a doubt, the Panamera spoils you with engines. The base model is powered by a 3.0-liter turbo V6 producing 330 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. The “S” models add a twin-turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 that increases horsepower to 440hp. The Panamera Turbo adds even more horsepower coming from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that pumps out 550 horsepower and 567 lb-ft of torque.

The Panamera E-Hybrid versions add horsepower and torque from an electric motor producing an additional 136 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque to either the base 3.0-liter V6 engine, or — in the case of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid — adding that additional power and torque to the same twin-turbo V8 found in the Panamera Turbo S - and increasing total horsepower to 680 horsepower.


Interior

The cabin offers an array of advanced technology. The Porsche Communication Management includes a 12-inch high-resolution touchscreen display and is your central control for audio, navigation and communication. Porsche Connect maximizes your connectivity in the Panamera. It offers access to your favorite smartphone apps and allows you to set up navigation from your phone to the in-car display.

Passengers can enjoy a cinematic experience with the Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment that provides two 10-inch touchscreen displays and connection to Porsche Management Communication. When you drive an exhilarating sports car, you’ll not only want technology to match it, but long-distance comfort as well. The heated and ventilated leather seats with an available massage function will deliver just that.

Porsche Panamera Interior Features

Porsche Panamera Trims & Specs

For 2018, the Panamera comes in 4 ‘base’ configurations.

  • The Panamera: The rear wheel drive entry to the Panamera range.
  • The Panamera 4: Adds All Wheel Drive capability.
  • Panamera 4 Sport Turismo: Wagon versatility combined with Panamera luxury.
  • Panamera Turbo: Range-topping performance of the Panamera line-up.

Note that every Panamera (except the base model) also comes in an “S” version, as well as E-Hybrid versions, and with the exception of the base Panamera, all variants come with all-wheel drive. For example, at the top of the Panamera range is the Panamera S E-Hybrid.

Porsche Panamera Ann Arbor

Panamera

Starting MSRP $85,000

  • 3.0-liter Turbo V6 Engine Producing 330 Horsepower
  • 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung with Auto Start Stop
  • 331 lb-ft Torque
  • 0-60 in 5.4 Seconds
  • Rear Wheel Drive
Porsche Panamera 4 Ann Arbor

Panamera 4

Starting MSRP $89,600

  • 3.0-liter Turbo V6 Engine Producing 330 Horsepower
  • 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung with Auto Start Stop
  • 331 lb-ft Torque
  • 0-60 in 5.2 Seconds
  • All Wheel Drive
Porsche Panamera Turbo Ann Arbor

Panamera Turbo

Starting MSRP $150,000

  • 4.0-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Engine Producing 550 Horsepower
  • 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung with Auto Start Stop
  • 567 lb-ft Torque
  • 0-60 in 3.6 Seconds
  • All Wheel Drive
Porsche Panamera 4 Sport Turismo Ann Arbor

Panamera 4 Sport Turismo

Starting MSRP $96,200

  • 3.0-liter Turbo V6 Engine Producing 330 Horsepower
  • 8-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung with Auto Start Stop
  • 331 lb-ft Torque
  • 0-60 in 5.2 Seconds
  • All Wheel Drive


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