Porsche bounds ahead

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - CARSGUIDE -

and Mercedes E-Class Coupe – and un­for­tu­nately high­light a rounded rump.

In the flesh, the shape ap­pears more gen­tle and hides a sub­stan­tial boot that can be ex­tended by flip­ping down the split rear seats.

The Panam­era seats only four and the rear seats are, sub­jec­tively, more comfortabl­e and have more room than those in the front. Rear seat heat­ing and cool­ing is stan­dard on the Turbo, as is four-zone air­con­di­tion­ing, stop-go (au­to­mat­i­cally stops and restarts the en­gine in traf­fic), air sus­pen­sion with sports modes and all­wheel drive. All mod­els have eight airbags, leather, elec­tric rear hatch, au­to­matic range bi-xenon head­lights, 14-speaker 585-watt sound (a 1000W sys­tem is op­tional) and sun­roof.

En­gines start with the Cayenned­erived 294kW/500Nm 4.8-litre V8 and move into the bi-turbo ver­sion with 368kW and 700Nm of torque.

Both mate to seven-speed PDK trans­mis­sions.

Porsche Cars Aus­tralia prod­uct man­ager John Mur­ray says the ac­cent is on rear-seat com­fort and fea­tures.

‘‘Not many Aus­tralians, how­ever, will sit in the back,’’ he says.

‘‘We’re fo­cused more on the owner and the driver.

‘‘So Aus­tralia gets chas­sis con­trol (Porsche Ac­tive Sus­pen­sion Man­age­ment) as stan­dard.

‘‘Other coun­tries have a big op­tion list tai­lored for the rear oc­cu­pants, in­clud­ing lap­top ta­bles and fridges.’’

Sit­ting in the back will de­prive the owner of some re­mark­able en­gi­neer­ing trick­ery that trans­lates into a stun­ning road car that is silently as adept at city com­mut­ing as it is trac­ing the out­line of a con­ti­nent.

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