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Porsche Panamera Diesel
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Prestige at a Price
June 29, 2015   
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The Porsche Panamera combines the performance of a sports car with the comfort of a limousine. It also offers plenty of prestige—at a price.

When the four-door Panamera sedan was unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show in April 2009, many die-hard Porsche fans lamented that this spelled the end of Porsche as a sports car maker. For many, only the 911 and its variations were “the real thing.” Even the Cayenne, the large SUV that has been on the market since 2002, was seen by many as a sacrilegious departure from the true faith. So you can imagine how purists reacted to a sports car with, horror of horrors, four seats. However, both the Cayenne and the Panamera proved to be commercial hits and sales surpassed expectations.

The four-door and more than 5-meter-long (5,015 mm) Panamera looks a bit like an “inflated” and extended version of the 911. Both the front and rear have all the sporty characteristics of the brand, including a long hood, round headlights, a sloping rear and the familiar taillights.

The interior is the quintessence of what a premium sports car should look like: superb design combined with excellent ergonomics, a top quality finish and the finest materials. Passengers travel in an environment of leather, suede, wood and aluminum. This car is comfortable and very fast.

The test-drive model was fitted with a three-liter V6 diesel engine—one that is also used in the Cayenne model. This engine has been in use since 2011 and was slightly modified last year when its output was increased from 250 to 300 hp. It enables the 1,880 kg car to hit 100 kph in just 6 seconds and achieve a top speed of 259 kph. The Panamera is rear-wheel drive with an eight-step automatic transmission with an option for manual shifting—using either the gear stick or paddles under the steering wheel. While in real life fuel economy is unlikely to ever be as low as the 6.4 liters/100 km promised by the manufacturer (it was 9.2 liters per 100 km in the test drive), this does not seem to be much of a problem for someone who is ready to splash out a hefty zl.400,000 for the entry-level version of this car.

The buyer is likely to pay more attention to what’s inside—and here the list goes on and on. As befits a luxury car, the Porsche Panamera is equipped with all possible comfort and safety features. Eight airbags, including front, front side, curtain (pillars A to C) and knee airbags for the driver and passenger, come as standard. Each model also comes with ABS anti-lock brakes, PSM stability control, MSR engine drag torque control, BA Brake Assist with a trailer stabilization function, and an early rollover detection system. Also available, for an additional sum, are side airbags in the back seats. The list of optional extras is several pages long.
Bartosz Grzybiński
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