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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