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Porsche Panamera/S E-Hybrid/Turbo S Base Engine 3.6L/310-hp/295-lb-ft V-6 Opt Engine 3.0L s’chg’d V-6 + elec, 416 hp...
Porsche Panamera/S E-Hybrid/Turbo S

Base Engine 3.6L/310-hp/295-lb-ft V-6
Opt Engine 3.0L s’chg’d V-6 + elec, 416 hp; 3.0L/420-hp/384-lb-ft twin-turbo V-6; 4.8L/420-440-hp/384-lb-ft V-8; 4.8L/520-570-hp/516-590-lb-ft twin-turbo V-8
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD/AWD
Transmission 7-sp twin-cl auto; 8A
Basic Warranty 4 yrs/50,000 miles
IntelliChoice 5-Yr Retained Value 46%
A Porsche sedan that’s best kept simple.

BASE PRICE $79,095-$201,495
BODY TYPE Hatchback

Deep down everyone buys a Porsche because the person wants a car that drives well. Something fun, something fast. The Panamera Turbo and Turbo S sure fit the bill, and the GTS model has a lovely naturally aspirated V-8. Pair that with the optional dual-mode sports exhaust, and the Panamera GTS can go from comfortable and quiet to loud and brash with the push of a button. Avoid the plug-in hybrid, which has a clunky powertrain and overly sensitive brakes.

EPA ECON CITY/HWY: 15-18/24-28 MPG*, 50 MPG-E COMB
0-60 MPH: 3.5-5.2 SEC
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  •   Matt Robinson reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    Feature Car Swiss made Porsche Panamera Turbo S quad chic and panache – Mansory tailored 4-door Porsche / Text: Faz / Photos: Kenny Yeoh / Model: Raveena

    It took quite a bit of jostling which piqued two internally opposing but externally one and the same sides; the two being the designers on the one side while on the other the decision makers, before it finally become a production reality. That production reality is ladies and gents the first proper four-door Porsche – the Panamera which debuted in 2009. Genuine Porsche enthusiasts slash historians (or be it for the most part they’re one and the same) would surely recall the 989 Concept – a 4 Door showpiece which was effectively an extended wheelbase 911, with all the looks of the iconic Porsche retained.

    Sure enough that 989 Concept wasn’t exactly slated for production in any case, what it was though were a number of pretty important things, as in it served the purpose of gauging the general response slash acceptance to a genuine 4 door Porsche. Of course were it to go into production the 911 nose and tail had to go. And sure enough after considerable time had elapsed following the 989 showcase, the Panamera still carry some instantly recognizable 911 styling, not the least the front end. Perhaps there’s no escaping that a Porsche is a Porsche regardless of them having four doors or two.

    Be that as it may the Panamera have indeed been well accepted and they’ve been seen clothed in some hyper bodied party dresses all over the Net. Case in point being this bling-up-and-down, left and right, in and out, over and under Porsche right here. You see fellas, the sort that takes similar styling concept as this Mansory-tailored and treated examples might not be as singular (a more politically accurate word for rare) elsewhere as they tend to be over here. Just you try Googling these two key words Panamera and Modded and an impressive number of modified Panamera in a kaleidoscope of colors, with a fair number of multi-colored kitted up Panameras in the mix, and about 99% came from the Western hemisphere, or that new and funky place in the Arabian Peninsula. You know that taaaall building, and all manner of engineering and architectural wonders.

    Should you be among those fortunate few (the numbers are increasing mind you as there are more and more newly rich out there) that can do like way more things than the rest, then Dubai or Monte Carlo, gold-plated Rolls Royce, 100 grand (at least) brake systems, modification program that costs more than the car itself, and all manner of opulence that covers every buyable objects are nothing or close to nothing, or a wee bit less than something. Now your confusion aside the Mansory-equipped Panamera with the scrumptious and ravishing Raveena taking quite a chunk of the Porsche’s own righteous bling, belongs right smack in the most snazzy of company – the sort of which the owners therein are able to afford doing and having all without so much as a blink of the eye.

    And blinking your eyes for quite a bit might just be the case right here even more so with Raveena’s red stilettos radiating her all-encompassing feminine energy alongside. We could continue debating the merits for either one of these fine beauties, but why argue or debate such inconsequential matter when you can celebrate the synergy of this symbiotic existential coexistence. Yeah well I just heard these fancy wordplay too so I’d though I try it out. Kinda put what it describes on an entirely new level does it not?

    Okie-dokie then, let’s focus on the car for now alright? As you can well see the Mansory styling package is pretty extensive covering most of the front end (carbon lipped bumper, carbon grill, vented bonnet), the sides (skirts, door sills front & back, extended wheel arches front and rear) and the back end (carbon diffuser bumper, carbon spoiler, roof spoiler and cat-back exhaust). The Mansory for Porsche Panamera program is dubbed C-One and include that one other thing – panache.

    Other styling extras are those fine #Vorsteiner VFF101 forged flow 20inch wheels, which got the ‘look’ thanks to H&R spacers, full carbon interior and that ultra cool Nardo Grey paintjob by Glasurit. – one off the most premium brand in paints. The owner feels that the 500 ponies churning out of the Panamera Turbo S’ excellent engine requires no added oomph and I’d concur that much alright and thus the only supplication to that effect is the BMC intake, plus a SuperCircuit X-Pipe & Downpipe, and the earlier mentioned cat-back exhaust from Mansory. The audio system is a high ended Burmester system – a premium brand with premium quality and feel with surreal sounds that befits the Panamera’s reputation.


    TECHNICAL DATA CAR: #2010 #Porsche-Panamera-Turbo-S / #Porsche-Panamera-Turbo-S-Mansory / #Porsche-Panamera-Turbo / #Porsche-Panamera / #Porsche / #Porsche-Panamera-970 / #Porsche-Panamera-Turbo-S-970 /


    ENGINE MODIFICATIONS: BMC Intake, #SuperCircuit X-Pipe & Downpipe, #Mansory catback exhaust
    TRANSMISSION: 7-speed doppelkupplungsgetriebe (double-clutch gearbox #PDK )
    INTERIOR: full carbon trim
    EXTERIOR: Mansory C-One: -Mansory front bumper with carbon front lip, Mansory front carbon grill, Mansory carbon vented bonnet, Mansory carbon side skirt, Mansory front wide arch, Mansory rear arch, Mansory side door sill (front & rear), Mansory rear bumper with carbon diffuser
    HANDLING/SUSPENSION: standard
    BRAKES: standard
    WHEELS & TIRES: - 20” #Vorsteiner-VFF101 forged flow, #H&R 30mm & 23mm spacers
    ICE: Burmester 16 way sound system

    Mansory’s designer evening wear made to measure for the 4-Door Porsche.
    All show & no go you think? This turbocharged Panamera beg to differ.
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  •   Antonio Ghini reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    PANAMERA 3.0 V6 DIESEL #2012 / 12 46,725 MILES £43,495

    2012 #Porsche-Panamera 3.0 V6 Diesel

    My elderly BMW 525e E28 – see previous spread – didn’t exactly steal the show at Dove House, when I pitched up later the same day to do this Tried & Tested story, but it was certainly noticed. And once again there is never any shortage of notionally far more glamorous, far more desirable and above all far more valuable machinery on site. Sales executive Harvey Beaumont even snapped an image on his phone and sent it to an absent colleague who – like me – owns an M535i. Nice one.

    I was there, as you will have gathered from the accompanying photos, to evaluate a Panamera, in this case a 3.0-litre V6 Diesel. It’s fair to suggest that I wasn’t the Panam’s biggest fan when it was first launched, in 2009, but having last year driven an equivalent 14-plate car all the way to Italy and back, today I would never willingly turn down a stint at the wheel. Even those later, facelifted models do have the kind of ‘Marmite’ looks that perhaps only a mother could truly love, but at the same time a massive presence, and even with just that oil-burning engine a level of performance and agility that will genuinely surprise you (see below). They can be almost implausibly economical, too (again see below). Just amazing, in fact. Try one!

    So much for my sales pitch on behalf of the overall Panamera ‘brand’; what of this particular car? There is a predictably long list of both standard and optional features and equipment: Platinum Silver paint with black leather trim (and the front seats are not only heated, but also have the useful memory function); 20-inch Panamera Sport wheels, with Pirelli PZero tyres all round (and all four perhaps just 50 per cent worn); transmission is the default eightspeed Tiptronic. You also get – deep breath, and in no particular order – PCM3 with touch-screen sat-nav and Bluetooth connectivity; Sport Chrono Plus; cruisecontrol; adaptive xenon lights; Park Distance Control, with additional reversing cameras; a Powerlift tailgate; rear privacy glass; auto-dimming mirrors inside and out (and the latter can be set to fold when the car is parked); automatic engine-stop/start; a multi-function steering wheel; a longrange 100-litre fuel tank (and I got from Serre Chevalier in France all the way to Oxfordshire on one fill-up in ‘my’ similarly equipped Panam). And so on.

    Condition-wise, this car is little short of pristine – and it could very easily be rendered thus if you wished. There are one or two tiny chips on the driver’s door, most likely from other people’s careless parking, and the rear end of each sill moulding is looking a little tired and abraded from dirt thrown back by the front wheels. There is an unfortunate small scrape on the righthand corner of the front apron (in addition to the usual small stone-chips), and the fibrous undertray is in places a little frayed.

    The brake calipers, too, look rather dowdy; maybe they have been doused with too much acidic wheel cleaner with insufficient rinsing. But the wheels themselves are unmarked, both the air-con condensers and the engine bay are reassuringly clean – no leaks here – and inside the cabin the only flaws are a couple of tiny abrasions in the trim above the small extension to each armrest, on the body shell’s ‘D’-posts. If you were being especially picky you might also note the faint scratches in some of the gloss-black trim inserts, but sadly those are almost impossible to avoid unless you cover them from new in cling film.

    The driving experience is magnificent, with acceleration – from an engine little bigger than my BMW’s – and turn-in, via the Servotronic electric steering, that almost defy belief. The only downside is a faint but none the less noticeable wheel wobble at about 70–75mph, but that is almost certainly the result of nothing more than a dislodged balance weight. Factor in the full service history, the most recent in January, at 46,400 miles, and the fact that the car is yet to have its first MOT test, and I think it’s an absolute peach.

    As a 2012 model this rear-drive Panamera pre-dates the facelift that, in addition to sharper front-end styling, brought reshaped rear lights and, perhaps most significantly, a rear number plate set much lower in the bumper, almost down between the exhaust tailpipes. Its appearance, as a result, can from some angles be described as ‘challenging’, but the car has an undeniable presence, accentuated here by dark so-called privacy glass for the rear windows and tailgate (which last item also has the apparently unnecessary but actually very useful Powerlift facility). It is a measure of the car’s size and stance that the wheels – 20-inch Panamera Sport rims – don’t appear to be anywhere near that large, although the relatively modest luggage capacity, a function of the sharply raked body shell, might be a disappointment if you were expecting more. Bodywork is as good as you might hope for a three-year-old of this quality with just one previous owner, and such minor blemishes as there are – see main text – are in no way painfully obvious. Car has just two stamps in the service book – with the next due in a year’s time or 20,000 miles – and its first MOT test will be due very soon. Can’t see it not passing, though!

    CHECKLIST BACKGROUND

    A (relatively!) low-specification 2012- model rear-drive Panamera 3.0 V6 Diesel. First registered on 20th March 2012, and sold by Porsche Centre Tonbridge. One owner from new, full service history (such as it can be; there are only two stamps in the book), and it hasn’t yet had its first annual MOT test – although obviously that is due about now.

    WHERE IS IT?

    The Panamera is one of around 50 Porsches and other prestige marques routinely in stock at Dove House Motor Company in Crown Way, Rushden, Northamptonshire NN10 6BS; tel: 01933 354144; dovehousecars.com. The company also has a large and wellequipped workshop to handle servicing and repairs across the Porsche model range, but primarily the later watercooled sports cars, as well as the Panamera and Cayenne, and is an agent for the Tracker theft-protection system.

    FOR #Porsche #Panamera 3.0 V6 Diesel

    Again, all the obvious factors: condition, specification and colour scheme, wellchosen options (on top of the already pretty lavish standard equipment) and not least its ability safely and peacefully (and, as a Diesel, frugally) to cross entire continents in the very worst traffic and weather conditions – and then, when required, to perform not unlike a hot hatchback less than half its size.

    AGAINST #Porsche-Panamera-3.0-V6-Diesel

    Never the best-looking Porsche, and in this pre-facelift guise arguably even more gawky than the later cars, especially from the rear. Competitively priced, and a significant saving on buying new, but still has plenty of depreciating to do. Has one or two very minor cosmetic issues, too – although nothing that would me put off.

    VERDICT #Porsche-Panamera-Diesel

    Genuinely impressive in every respect, and well worth a look.

    VALUE AT A GLANCE
    Condition 5+
    Price 3
    Performance 3
    Overall 3+
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  •   Antonio Ghini reacted to this post about 4 years ago
    coo uploaded 17 photos in the album Porsche Panamera 4S UK-spec (970) 2009-2013
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    coo uploaded 3 photos in the album Porsche 989 Concept 1988
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