If you have ever wondered if a sportscar can be a sedan, look no further. The Porsche Panamera Turbo shrinks around it’s driver and allows them to access performance that they wouldn’t think possible. That’s what it’s like to drive a car from a company that specializes in building cars that know how to handle. If you ever thought it was a sacrilege for Porsche to build a four-door car, go and drive one.
Our tester rang the bell at $182,000 and for that you get everything you would ever need, and more. Most of the options were on the performance end such as the Sport Package which bundles all the goodies together like Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Sport Chrono Package, Sports Exhaust and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus. All of these systems work in tandem to make the Panamera Turbo feel much smaller than it is. Inside the cabin is bathed in leather and carbon fiber, and everything you touch is high quality. The infotainment system is complex, and somewhat difficult to use, however once you find your favorite song, the Burmester surround sound makes you forget all about it.
One question that came up all week is whether or not you would opt for the Turbo, or a lesser Panamera model. The Turbo is a class act, but the value in the less expensive GTS seems to be the way to go here if you’re not all about speed. But if you’re all about the best, the 520 horsepower and 516lb-ft of torque are very difficult to argue with, especially when they’re way down the road.