Traditionalists may balk at the notion of a Porsche sedan, but the V6-powered Panamera is a unique combination of luxury, power, and precision engineering—and a joy to drive.
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Traditionalists may balk at the notion of a Porsche sedan, but the V6-powered Panamera is a unique combination of luxury, power, and precision engineering—and a joy to drive.
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2011 Porsche Panamera

Less Powerful but Still Impressive
Less Powerful but Still Impressive
Traditionalists may balk at the notion of a Porsche sedan, but the V6-powered Panamera is a unique combination of luxury, power, and precision engineering—and a joy to drive.
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Overview
Overview
For 2011, Porsche has come out with a V6-powered version of its Panamera luxury sedan. The new, entry-level Panamera has 100 fewer horses under its hood than the Panamera S, which made its debut last year as an all-new model, but also costs about $15,000 less. We expected to be underwhelmed by the new Panamera, but instead were wowed. It doesn't have quite the raw speed of the S, but otherwise is the same wonderful car, with magnificent handling, a roomy and sumptuous interior, and a spacious trunk. Average fuel economy rises to 21 miles per gallon, 2 mpg better than for the Panamera S. However, there are some strong competitors in the same price and fuel-economy range, notably the V6-powered BMW 740i and the newly redesigned V8-powered Audi A8 with standard all-wheel drive.
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Interior
Interior
The cabin is roomy and a bit retro, with most functions performed via old-fashioned knobs and controls. There's only seating for four, but rear passengers get comfortable bucket seats. Luggage capacity is 15.7 cu. ft., 44.6 cu. ft. with the rear seats down.
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Engine/Transmission
Engine/Transmission
The base Panamera is powered by a 3.6-liter, 300-horsepower V6; the Panamera S by a 4.8-liter, 400-horsepower V8. There's also an all-wheel-drive-only, 500-hp twin turbo version of the V8. The only transmission is a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic.
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Performance
Performance
Porsche says the base Panamera accelerates from zero to 60 in 6.0 seconds with rear-wheel drive, 5.8 seconds with all-wheel drive. Subtract 0.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package. The time drops to 5.2 seconds in the S and 4.0 seconds in the Turbo.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy
The base model is rated to get 18 miles per gallon in the city and 27 on the highway, 21 combined. That compares with 17/25/20 for the BMW 740i, 17/27/21 for the Audi A8, and 19/25/21 for the Mercedes S400 Hybrid. The rating for the Panamera S is 16/24/19.
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Safety
Safety
The Panamera doesn't have government crash-test ratings, but comes standard with stability and traction control, braking assist, and a full complement of air bags that includes cabin-length head-protecting air bags and front-seat knee bags.
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Price
Price
The Panamera starts at $75,375 with rear-wheel drive and $79,875 with all-wheel drive. That compares with $71,525 for the BMW 740i, $78,925 for the new Audi A8, and $91,875 for the Mercedes S400 Hybrid. The Panamera S starts at $90,775, the Turbo at $136,275. (The least expensive 2011 Porsche model is the entry-level Cayenne SUV, which starts with an MSRP of $45,500.)
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