Porsche Panamera Turbo
The Porsche Panamera is a five-door hatchback that’s styled to look more like a sedan. It’s not technically one of Porsche’s sportscars, and it’s one of the most practical vehicles the company makes—but that doesn’t keep it from offering up scalding performance and stunning looks.
The Panamera competes with cars such as the Aston Martin Rapide, Audi A7, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class, and the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe.
For 2018, the Panamera lineup grows considerably to a total of 15 different variants including two wheelbases and a choice of standard and shooting brake-like Sport Turismo body configurations. A new base model joins the lineup with rear-wheel drive, while a pair of hybrid models offer two different definitions of efficient performance.
With a twin-turbo V-8 making 550 hp and 567 lb-ft, the Panamera Turbo is equal parts supercar and luxury chariot. An eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive put power to the ground; we saw 60 mph in 3.0 seconds. The Turbo S E-Hybrid adds electric assist to the equation; it’s good for 680-hp and allows for electric-only driving. Executive models add almost six inches of wheelbase for extra back-seat room for those who prefer to be chauffeured. It’s expensive, but few four-seaters are so fast.