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How much? £95,298
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Engine: 4806cc 32v turbo V8, 493bhp @ 6000rpm, 516lb ft @ 2250-4500rpm
Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch, four-wheel drive
Performance: 4.2sec 0-62mph, 188mph, 23mpg, 286g/km
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Porsche Panamera Turbo (2009) CAR review

By Georg Kacher

First Drives

28 July 2009 14:30

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We’ve already driven the Porsche Panamera S. The comfort oriented, two-wheel drive, normally aspirated version of the new four-seater left us feeling less than infused. Enter the Panamera Turbo, the twin-blown 4.8-litre V8 pinnacle of Porsche’s supercar-cum-limo.

Could the £100k Turbo be the Panamera we were hoping for?

Behind the wheel of the Panamera Turbo

Drop yourself into the Porsche’s seat and you find yourself sitting go-kart low in one of four identical, deeply contoured buckets. Despite measuring just 1418mm from road to roof, the Panamera Turbo does not suffer from a shortage of room.

On the beefy transmission tunnel sits a mass of buttons – the iDrive revolution seems to have gone unnoticed here. And because of the extra-dry ride, finding the desired spot on the faraway touch-screen monitor is quite a hit and miss affair. You’ve no choice but to use it, as the dozens of console buttons don’t control everything.

Porsche Panamera Turbo – do you notice its namesake?

The Turbo variant of the Panamera boasts 493bhp at 6000rpm (99 horsepower more than the Panamera S), and a whopping 516lb ft of torque slugging it out between 2250 and 4500rpm.  On the road this shows.

The Porsche will happily kick down into sixth at an indicated 175mph. We know, because we drove the Panamera Turbo on the autobahn. Then, with the rev counter pegged at 6700rpm, the digital speedometer shows a spectacular, if slightly optimistic, 200mph. Perhaps a little irrelevant on British roads, but in Germany, this performance makes all the difference.

More impressive than this, however is Porsche’s dynamic chassis control, which combines active yaw and roll via switchable anti-roll bars. A clever rear diff also apportions torque from side to side. The Sport Chrono pack is also a useful tool. A ‘Sport Plus’ mode tunes the engine, transmission and suspension, whilst launch control and a turbo overboost that comes in under full acceleration are also good assets.

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varunjk

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varunjk says

RE: Porsche Panamera Turbo (2009) CAR review

It's ugly all right, looking like a stretched and flattened 911 with the headlamps of a Cayenne, tail of a Cayman and a metamorphosed 911 interior. Surely it would have made more sense to give it good looks as well as good performance? Those gormless looks kill it stone dead for me, great performance or not. Get a life, Porsche. And some new designers.

02 August 2009 13:59

 

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Johann says

RE: Porsche Panamera Turbo (2009) CAR review

This ugly whale will certainly send Cayenne sales skyrocketing.  It makes the Cayenne look like Miss World!

But then since Porsche designers can only draw 911 shapes with their crayons they can't help not being able to draw ( you can't call it design I'm sorry) anything else. 

30 July 2009 17:22

 

Carian

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Carian says

RE: Porsche Panamera Turbo (2009) CAR review

 Apparently according to the sources, the car will only be available with manual transmission in Europe, but if you go to any of the other countries websites, the car is clearly shown with manual transmission within the 'build your own' section. Mmm

30 July 2009 04:32

 

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brix says

RE: Porsche Panamera Turbo (2009) CAR review

Well, it's a pretty ungainly car isn't it? "Hippo" seems a very apt nickname as coined in earlier posts.

Not much else to say. It'll still sell - just as the brutal Cayenne does - because of the badge. I'm sure it is a great car to drive - just not to look at.

Or sit in for that matter - to me the interior looks strangely dated. Like a kind of eighties wet dream - with hundreds of switches and lashings of chrome, and a bit of a tight fit. They're also doing some very odd interior colour combos if you really feel like a challenge!

30 July 2009 01:08

 

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JohnnyBimmer says

RE: Porsche Panamera Turbo (2009) CAR review

Anthony - if we were both sitting in America I'd take your meaning of kitsch and roping in the Lincoln on the chin. Unfortuantely here in understated elegance, uber-balanced and deeply considered Europe, this chromed Hippo doesn't wash as the cultured mans svelte sporting saloon. Maserati gets away with the concept, because they're a bit nuts. Right from the drawing board, like the Cayenne, this Panamera gets Porsche off on the wrong foot, a club foot, with chromed buckle. Name any BMW model that has more exterior chrome? There's 3 lashings of chrome just on this fat cigars bulbous arse. Even a 7-Series struggles to keep up with the bling treatment. Let's go inside. Name me a Merc or BMW model with more chrome in its interior? Air vents laced in chrome and no less than 20 shards of the stuff winkled with tweezers between the switchgear with little respect for Teutonic 'form following function'. It's like a tarts handbag inside this Kitsch tub of lard for truly naff 60-something customers. After Cayenne this really should have been called the Porsche Chintz Wagon

29 July 2009 23:39

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