The Panamera is Porsche's answer to what a 2 tonne, 5-meter long car with a seating capacity of four can do if challenged by any other sports car. The Panamera is a work of art and a great piece of engineering achievements achieved by the manufacturer. The way this mammoth cuts the corners is beyond belief. The way it darts, this second generation car does so while looking great at it. The world is warming up to the Panamera, the question remains, will the Porsche Panamera be able to revive the same love from the Indian audience?
The second generation of the Panamera is really a looker when compared to its predecessor. The front is where the Panamera resembles a 911 the least because of the wider stance, and the larger headlights. The side profile has that two-door sports car's silhouette with the high haunches and the sloping roofline. The way Porsche is able to maintain the sportiness in spite of upscale proportions is highly commendable. The rear gets the similar slimmer and aggressive looking tail sections. The highlight of the Panamera is the rear spoiler. It integrates with the body and splits open when at higher speeds. The spoiler for the Panamera is one of the best design implementation ever fitted in any vehicle.
The interior of the Panamera is as gorgeous as it is from the outside. The cabin is on par with any other German manufacturers and probably even better. At the centre resides a massive 12.3 inches touchscreen infotainment unit. This touchscreen is pressure sensitive and responds to 3D touch inputs once seen similar on Apple's touch display. Below the infotainment system resides temperature and car dynamics toggles. Typical Porsche designed instrument cluster gets an analogue tachometer in the centre, with 7-inch displays on either side of it. These displays can be used to configure for various vitals and stats of the vehicle. The rear seats are comfortable and good enough to accommodate adults for a short run. The rear occupants also get a digital display at the centre from where one can toggle temperature and other seat functions.
Powering this behemoth is a twin-turbocharged 4.0 litre V8 producing 550 PS from 5,750 rpm - 6,000 rpm and 770 Nm of torque between 1,960 rpm - 4,500 rpm. This coupled with 8-speed PDK transmission is very responsive and offers ultra quick gear changes.
With a starting price of Rs. 2.03 crores (ex-showroom, Delhi), the Porsche Panamera is definitely not compliant with any four-door saloon but for everything else with a heritage of sporty nature brought to the table by the manufacturer, it is surely a car that anyone would love to own. The Panamera gets challenged by Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes S Class, BMW 7 series in the Indian market.