2014 Porsche Panamera | new car review

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 by

Quick Review

GoodGood Brilliant fit and finish of the interior
BadBadRidiculously overpriced
SpecsSpecs3.0 L - 333 hp | 3.0 L Twin Turbo - 420 hp | 3.3 L - 310 hp | 4.8L - 440 hp | 4.8 L Twin Turbo - 520 hp
PricePriceAED 381,000 - AED 733,000
RatingEditors Rating Three Star

Back in 2009, the Panamera made its first appearance at the Shanghai Automobile Show. Since then, it has preserved its essence – being a large, four door and aesthetically unpleasing offering by the German manufacturer.

Looks

The Panamera still remains unmistakably Porsche. The 2014 has been enhanced with a new bumper and LED lights upfront, as well as revised tail lights at the rear. The new LED tail lights are composed of a thin strip of LED’s and bear strong resemblance to the daytime running lights integrated into the headlamp cluster.

2014 Porsche Panamera Exterior Collage

Feels

Being a premium luxury vehicle, the cabin is home to extremely soft leather, real wood, ample suede and minimal plastic. Though the instrument cluster looks dated, with the RPM gauge as centre focus and a speedometer reading up to 350 km/h, it serves as a reminder that the Panamera is a seriously capable car. In spite of the fact that the Panamera offers rear leg room in abundance, back seat passengers could be disappointed with the lack of toys to play around with.

2014 Porsche Panamera Interior Collage

Engineering

In terms of technology, the Panamera packs in a range of safety, entertainment and driving features. For starters, all Panamera models are fitted as standard with full-size driver and front passenger airbags. Depending on the severity and type of accident, they are inflated in two stages. For the performance hungry, launch control is available on the Panamera enabling you to achieve quicker starts and better lap times.

What’s on offer?

There are a very complicated 10 variants of the Panamera available for sale. The 3.0 litre twin turbo units produce horsepower figures ranging from 333 to 420; while the 3.3 litre V6 engines only produce 310 horsepower. Finally, the massive 4.8 litre V8 engines produce 440 horsepower or 520 horsepower, should you opt for the twin turbo version.

Summing it…

With prices ranging from AED 381,000 to AED 733,000 there isn’t much left to say. Apart from the fact that Porsche have gone absolutely berserk.

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