Jessica Lynn WalkerCar and Driver
The Porsche Panamera comes in numerous variants. The base form is not as brag-worthy as its more expensive siblings, but it’s still dreamy to drive and a practical to live with.
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The base Panamera runs a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 making 325 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque.
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The transmission is an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch unit with paddle shifters.
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Adding the GT Sport steering wheel and Sport Chrono package makes for a cockpit that looks much more sports car than family sedan.
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All Panamera models now come with the Sport Design front end that was previously an option.
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In the back, the Panamera’s hatch features a light strip between taillights and a new lower fascia with diffuser fins.
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Starting with 2021 models, all Panameras offer a high-performance summer tire.
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Lane-keep assist is now standard, but other driver aids, such as adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring, cost extra.
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The brakes on the base Panamera don’t look fancy, but they bring the big car to a stop from 70 mph in an impressive 148 feet.
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Besides a real back seat, the Panamera’s major advantage over a sports car is its luggage space. The hatchback hides 18 cubic feet with the rear seats up, and with them folded there’s 47 cubic feet available.
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In our testing, the Panamera hit 60 mph in 4.4 seconds and ran the quarter-mile in 13.0 seconds flat at 107 mph.
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