People weren’t too sure how the sale of the Porsche Panamera was going to go at launch, with the motoring press labeling it “Porsche’s Ugly Duckling”, “Unquestionably the ugliest Porsche” and one review saying “A completely pointless car, trying to please too many and succeeding in pleasing none.”.
But despite the attacks on the styling of Porsche’s new saloon the car managed to knock up sales of over 25,000 units in its first year of going on sale. A huge achievement when you consider the manufacturer has entered a totally new segment in a recession and with the entry model starting at £61,461 for the entry model 3.6V6 and a whopping £100,788 for the 4.8V8 turbo PDF (Porsche DoppelKupplungsgetriebe) and I have checked the spelling of that one.
PDK is Porsche’s own double clutch transmission system standard on the 4S and Turbo models and available as a factory option on the S model.
Specification levels on all models are high as you would expect, with all models coming standard with a full leather interior, (PASM) Porsche active suspension management, bi-xenon headlamps, rear parking sensors (ParkAssist), automatic dimming rear view mirror, tyre pressure sensors and Porsche communication management (PCM) which features a touch screen satnav system with integrated controls for the audio system and Bluetooth telephone, which is cordless too, so rear seated passengers can make use of it.
The factory options list is absolutely huge with over 140 different options, so customising your Panamera to your particular taste is more than achievable with options including – Ceramic composite brakes at £5,349, a choice of no less than 16 special paint choices at £761 and even a leather pouch for your key fob at £48.
A hybrid version of the Panamera is also available which borrow its sophisticated drivetrain from the Cayenne S Hybrid. Using a 328bhp supercharged V6 paired with a 47bhp electric motor which is powered by a 1.7kW/h nickel-metal hydride battery fixed to the floor of the boot.
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