Porsche Panamera review - performance and 0-60 time

The 4-litre V8 endows Turbo models with phenomenal performance; lesser versions are hardly slow too

Evo rating
  • Huge performance from Turbo models; infallible build quality; Porsche-like precision to the controls
  • Expensive; hybrids add unwanted mass and complexity to already big and heavy packages

Appropriately, there’s no such thing as a slow Panamera. Even the most basic Panamera 4 makes it to 62mph in 5.3sec with the optional Sport Chrono package fitted, which includes a launch control system. Torque from this standard 3-litre V6 is strong too, so on the road it never feels lardy or strained, even if it lacks any real flare.

Panamera S models have the more rawcus 2.9-litre V6 engine that’s also shared with the Audi RS4 and RS5. While power is down slightly, performance is still strong, reaching 62mph in 4.2sec (again with Sport Chrono fitted), which is only 0.1sec behind the V8-powered GTS. The difference between the S and GTS is more prevalent in torque, where the two have a more substantial 52lb ft gap in the GTS’s favour.

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The Turbo breaks the four-second barrier with a 0-62mph time of 3.6sec, but on paper the Turbo S E-Hybrid is the quickest overall, reaching 62mph in just 3.4sec. Like the 4 E-Hybrid, the Turbo S comes with launch control as standard, and relies on its electric motors to aid that acceleration advantage despite the hybrid’s extra mass.

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 Turbo S E-Hybrid. Surprisingly, despite an approximate 30kg weight increase, the Sport Turismo models are no slower to 62mph than conventional Panameras with the same drivetrain.

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