2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo | road test

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 by

Quick Review

GoodGood Head pinning acceleration, interior quality
BadBadBraking performance, extremely overpriced
SpecsSpecs4.8 L twin turbo V8 producing 520 hp and 770 Nm of torque
PricePriceAED 710,200
RatingEditors Rating Three Star

Unlike majority of the people who mourned going back to work after the Eid break, I could barely contain my excitement as I made my way to the showroom to pick up the 2014 Turbo. In spite of not finding the Panamera attractive in any way, getting the chance to drive the most powerful Panamera ever produced was an instant adrenaline rush for a performance junkie like myself.

Upon laying eyes on our Dark Blue Metallic Panamera that wore massive 20″ five spoke wheels, a few things were clear. For 2014, the Panamera had undergone a minor facelift and now flaunted a new bumper, a new set of LED lights that doubled as indicators up front and a set of new tail lights.

2014 Porsche Panamera Exterior Collage

We unlocked the door and it wasn’t long before we felt like we were entering the cockpit of a commercial airline due to the presence of 46 buttons of different shapes and sizes placed on the centre console. Apart from a small section of hard plastics, nearly every aspect of the interior was covered in soft leather, suede or pure wood.

We took a glance across the rather dated looking instrument cluster and the first thing we noticed was that the RPM gauge had been given centre stage while the speedometer that read up to 350 km/h was pushed aside. On the other side of the RPM cluster, resided a neat multi-information display that was capable of displaying information such as the navigation map, audio information, vehicle information or a lap timer.

In terms of safety, our test car packed in a decent amount of equipment. To begin with, a lane departure warning system that sounded like an alien invasion was taking place when lane changes were carried out without the indicator; voice activation so the GPS and radio could be controlled without having to let go of the steering and finally, an active bonnet system that raised the rear portion of the bonnet if the sensors sensed contact with a pedestrian to help reduce the risk of an injury.

2015 Porsche Panamera Interior Collage

As soon as we hopped into the rear seats, the amount of legroom was simply mind boggling. In addition to power adjustable seats with a leg extension, the rear seats could also be heated and cooled to suit our needs. Needless to say, the front passenger seat could be tilted and pushed forward, if for whatever strange reason the royalty travelling in the back required more legroom.

Although the interior was a wonderful place to be in, a few very important aspects were missing. For instance, a panoramic roof, something that is offered by almost every manufacturer, should technically be standard across the Panamera range. Moreover, due to the Panamera offering pathetic outward visibility through the side mirrors, a blind spot monitoring system is definitely needed! Finally, given the fact that rear passengers ride in absolute comfort, the lack of gizmos in the rear seats isn’t something you’d expect when opting for a high-end luxury vehicle that costs significantly more than AED 500,000.

As we held the brake and turned the key, the mighty 4.8 litre twin-turbo V8 came to life. Squeezing in 520 horsepower and 770 Nm of torque, the 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo boasted a top speed of 305 km/h! Mated to a 7 speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission, the Panamera Turbo was capable of completing a 0 – 100 km/h run in a mere 4.2 seconds.

Having enabled launch control, we set off like a bullet and as we neared the 100 km/h mark, the rear spoiler performed a series of actions that resembled a wrestler stretching and flexing his shoulder muscles before a battle. Despite the fact that the Panamera turbo was large and weighed in at exactly 2.5 tonnes, the grip offered through the all wheel drive system was simply phenomenal even when the car was pushed to its limits.

Once the boy racer within us has had his fix of adrenaline, the Panamera Turbo was set to much more comfortable suspension and transmission setting simply by pressing a couple of buttons on the centre console. Since the Panamera Turbo sits quite close to the ground, having the option to raise the car was a wise decision made by Porsche since it would be needed when tackling large speed breakers found in some parts of the city.

As countless number of manufacturers install fuel saver technologies into their vehicles, Porsche is no exception. Our test car was equipped with a Start / Stop function that was so keen on saving fuel that it insisted on switching the engine off and locking the steering wheel every time we slowed down and approached a speed breaker.

 Additionally, though the Panamera took off like a bullet, coming to a stop wasn’t as easy. With a brake pedal that felt like custard and below average braking performance for a sports car, we were a bit disappointed with the way the car struggled to come to a halt in short distances when past the 120 km/h mark.

Quite simply then, the 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo was a fun and exciting machine to whizz around in. However, with a price tag of AED 710,200 for our test car, we couldn’t help but feel it was extremely and ridiculously overpriced.

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