...One notable feature on all Panameras is an auto start/stop function (something normally associated only with hybrid vehicles) that reduces fuel consumption by shutting off the engine whenever the car comes to a stop and then restarting it automatically when you're ready to go again. The EPA estimates fuel consumption at 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined for the base Panamera, while the Panamera 4 makes 18/26/21 mpg. The Porsche Panamera S and 4S receive a 4.8-liter V8 good for 400 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. The V8-powered Panamera 4S impressed us with a 0-60-mph run of 4.6...
...Some will bristle therefore at the inclusion of the “S” badge with the Hybrid, as its performance is about even with the base Panamera. Guess the “S” doesn’t stand for sport. More likely, it’s an attempt to build up the perceived value of the S Hybrid, which comes with some extra features like a power liftgate, rain-sensing wipers, rear-park assist and navigation. However, the big addition is the adaptive air suspension, which adds thousands and thousands of dollars to the price of other Panameras. Smart money says it’ll be just as important a feature as the hybrid badges for...
...It starts again, seamlessly, when you lift off the brake pedal. Porsche says the provision is good for mileage gains of a percentage point or two, though the U.S. EPA's test cycle isn't structured to reflect it. Still, the Panamera's mileage is pretty good, at 18/27 mpg city/highway, or 18/26 with all-wheel drive. The start-stop feature can be deactivated if you don't like it. Anyone who's turned off by Porsche's use of a Volkswagen six-cylinder in the Cayenne (I plead guilty, though I probably shouldn't care) will be pleased to know the Panamera's 3.6-liter V-6 is a Porsche design, basically...
...Interior The S Hybrid's interior rivals that of the gas-only Panamera S, with partial leather upholstery. Typical of hybrids, this one includes a display that shows the status of the electric and gas motors and where the power is flowing. As in the other Panamera versions, the hybrid seats four. Standard features include a navigation system and a USB port for the stereo, just to name a few. Under the Hood The hybrid system teams a 333-horsepower, supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 with a 47-hp electric motor and a nickel-metal-hydride battery pack. They power the rear wheels through an eight-speed...
...and some experts claim that’s being conservative – and love the interior and ride of the Panamera as well. All the goodies and all the power come at an escalating price, certainly. The entry-level 2012 Porsche Panamera starts at about $75,000, the Turbo S is almost $100,000 more than that, and to get it fully loaded pushes the number close to $200,000. But what’s a six-figure bump among friends and Porsche lovers? Experts praise the cabins of the 2012 Porsche Panameras for their roominess, comfort and technological features. The Panamera looks, drives and rides like a sports car, they...
...Chrono Package includes a stopwatch/lap timer in the center of the dashboard Optional 16-speaker Burmester surround sound system Under the Hood All Panameras use a seven-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission. A Sport Chrono Package Plus adds a setting for sportier drivetrain and suspension settings, as well as a launch-control feature for faster sprints from a standing start. A standard auto stop/start feature turns off the engine when the Panamera comes to a complete stop. It starts again, seamlessly, when the driver lifts off the brake pedal. Mechanical features include: Standard...
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