2018 PORSCHE PANAMERA 4S
When your $100,950 car has $25,755 in options, you can bet you’re in a Porsche. When that Porsche is a Panamera 4S, you don’t care about the cost. You’re just glad you could afford it.
Well-known for its comfort and style, the Panamera nonetheless never fails to amaze us each time we slide behind the wheel. How a vehicle this large and luxurious has such lively steering, such exquisitely communicated balance, and the undeniable soul of the 911s it is bred from remains astonishing.
In Panamera 4S guise, it gets a 440-horsepower, 405-lb-ft 2.9-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine powering all four wheels. When optioned like our $126,705 example, it’ll also give you carbon-ceramic brakes, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, 21inch SPORTDESIGN wheels, the Sport Chrono package, adaptive air suspension, a sport exhaust system, and some visual bits and bobs. As Nelson explained, “The Panamera continues to be an exemplary sport sedan. Handling and chassis balance are damn near peerless, and power delivery is smooth and ample, though it’s not overwhelming in this S model. The all-wheel drive works with you, not against you, and improves the driving experience even in the dry.”
Front and center for the driver experience of the new Panamera, however, is the updated cabin. Pilgrim liked it, saying, “The redesigned interior looks good, and everything is easy to use.” On the other hand, there’s a point to Wasef’s criticism: “There’s some great stuff here, particularly the lithe road manners, but the overreliance on touchscreens to the point of menu scrolling to adjust the HVAC vent position is downright silly. At least Porsche kept the tachometer analog. We want our super sedan back, Hal.”
All in all, the Panamera 4S continues to be a benchmark for large sedan handling and performance. — Nelson Ireson
Always Impressive Performance, Now Complete With Better Looks
PRICE: $100,950/$126,705 (base/as tested)
2.9L DOHC 24-valve twin-turbo V-6/440 hp @ 5,650-6,600 rpm, 405 lb-ft @ 1,750-5,500 rpm TRANSMISSION:
8-speed dual-clutch automatic
4-door, 5-passenger, front-engine, AWD sedan EPA MILEAGE:
21/28 mpg (city/hwy)
L x W x H:
198.8 x 76.3 x 56.0 in WHEELBASE:
4.2 sec (est)