Overall 2018 Porsche Panamera is a four door, four passenger sport sedan with a hatchback style trunk. Broad audience was firstly introduced with it, back in 2009. Porsche is a Porsche. Wherever and however you put it, it is a Porsche. In this review we are going to say something about the overall impressions, specs and price of this vehicle.
2018 Porsche Panamera Exterior
For 2018 Porsche Panamera exterior designers tried to make a bigger version of Porsche with something to resemble 911. For that, designers idea was to put the rear of 911 on a much bigger four door vehicle. It is not that pretty.
Somebody would like it, but it is too big for a sport car. It looks like an elephant, someone would say. But I don’t care. Nobody should care. When I look at it, I can see a different model of Porsche. Something like Porsche has never done before. The lines resemble the classic Porsche, there are no rough edges, and there is an automatic speed spoiler coming out of a rear, when you go “turbo” on the road.
That spoiler gives the car a totally different look. You can choose either to put it on automatic, or lock it in the up or down position. But the feeling when you look at the rear mirror and see it rising is epic.
2018 Porsche Panamera Interior
I already said that for the outside, it looks really big, and you can only imagine how big is 2018 Porsche Panamera interior. For a saloon executive car it has a lot of sport in it.
The seats are very comfortable and made of premium leather, with ventilated heating and that Porsche logo engraved on a header just gives it a higher class look.
There are big glove compartments between seats in both rows. Rear compartments are conceivable, front are fixed. The space between back and front is quite big, even with front seats placed far back.
There are USB slots and power outlets all over the place that can come in use. Dashboard is trimmed with premium wood and aluminum and it looks really expensive. On the dashboard, you have 7 inch touch screen display (with analog buttons) where you can control all sorts of functions, including 3D navigation.
Sound system is BOSE high-end surround, which is one of the most respective surround systems with 16 amplifiers and about a 100W of power.
Cargo space in a trunk is 15.2 cubic feet and with back seats down 44.1 cubic feet, which is more than enough.
Engine of 2018 Porsche Panamera
2018 Porsche Panamera engine is where things really goes serious. There are a couple of versions, most noticeable are:
base – 3.6 liter V-6 engine with 310 HP and 295 pound/feet
turbo – 4.8 liter twin-turbo V8 with 520 HP, going from 0-60 in 4 seconds with top speed of 175 mph.
Panamera SE Hybrid – 3.0 liter supercharged engine V-6 combo with 416 HP plus 95 HP electric engine which can be fully recharged in about 20 miles of driving. Fuel economy is about 22 mpg in a city drive and 30 mpg on a highway.
Recently they started using the 3.0 liter twin-turbo version V-6 in Panamera S, Panamera 4S and Panamera 4S executive. That engine has 420 HP and 384 pound/feet of torque.
2018 Porsche Panamera Transmission
We expect that this engine is going to become a new base engine for Porsche.
Transmission for these engines is primarily the PDK seven speed dual-clutch, with paddle shift manual mode. For E Hybrid there is a special eight speed Tiptronic S auto, with manual mode shift controls placed on a steering wheel, if you want to add some edge on your driving experience.
Traction management AWD is included in base versions, with anti slip regulation (of course only for AWD versions) along with parking assist, Porsche communication management, cruise control etc.
2018 Porsche Panamera Price
2018 Porsche Panamera price varies from 79, 095 dollars for a basic version to 126,595 dollars for fully equipped car. Judging by the handling, engine quality, fuel consumption, luxury, overall quality of the car as a whole and the brand itself, if you have that money, it is a car for you.