Porsche Panamera review - A saloon for proper drivers? - Performance and 0-60 time

The much better looking new Panamera is deeply sophisticated

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  • Better looking than ever, impressive to drive, mighty performance from Turbo
  • Diesel V8 is disappointing, odd brake pedal on hybrid model

Performance and 0-60 time

Appropriately, as it is a Porsche, there’s no such thing as a slow Panamera. Even the most basic rear-wheel drive model makes it to 62mph in 5.7sec, or 5.5sec when equipped with Sport Chrono that includes launch control. Add four-wheel drive and you can trim that time down by 0.2sec.

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid comes with launch control as standard, so its 0-62mph time of 4.6sec can’t, officially, be improved upon. Unless you ditch the hybrid drivetrain, that is. With the same engine as the 4 E-Hybrid, the Panamera 4S is 0.2sec faster to 62mph or 0.4sec with launch control.

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The 4S Diesel is almost as impressive at the petrol 4S, hitting 62mph in 4.5sec (or 4.3sec with launch control), just 0.1sec behind.

The petrol V8 turbo models are more extraordinary still. The Turbo breaks the 4-second barrier with a 0-62mph time of 3.8sec (3.6sec with launch control, naturally). The Turbo S E-Hybrid will be quicker still when it's launched, Porsche claims it will hit 62mph in 3.4sec. Like the 4 E-Hybrid, the Turbo S will come with launch control as standard.

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Unlike many German saloon cars, the Panamera is not limited to 155mph. Instead the maximum top speed ranges from 162mph for the 4, to 193mph for the 4 E-Hybrid.

Surprisingly, despite an approximate 30kg weight increase over the saloon, the Sport Tourismo models are no slower to 62mph than conventional Panameras with the same drivetrain.

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