The backlash began immediately. The noise was vicious and all encompassing as Porsche loyalist swore that they would never buy another Porsche product. "Damn them to hell! Those bastards! They really are losing the edge! Just who the hell does Porsche think they are!" The roar of the lion however, had no Idea that Porsche engineers knew exactly what they were up against and they were about to sock it to the world, the naysayers, the automotive press and anyone that had something negative to say about their upcoming product....
Add two doors and stare.
The circuit unveiling of the Panamera seemed like Porsche pulled out a mixing bowl, added a great chassis and a great engine, (as Porsche has been known to do), stirred in a couple of doors more than we were used to and Voila', the Panamera was born. Though we were not used to the rear end of this machine, it was undeniably a Porsche. The crowds around the car were phenomenal, as was the press, but critics still felt the same about the Idea of a four door Porsche, as they either loved the formula or the hated the design. Either way, it would be a while until anyone could get their hands on a finished model for a thorough test.
The new interior design theory proved very successful, comfortable and quiet..
Hey, whats this one for again..?
Real brake coolers..
The Panamera, like all Porsche automobiles, is a brute made of atomic butter. By that I mean that it's a car that is so dual natured, that it can be both as high strung as a Pit-bull Terrier, and in the flick of a switch, it can be as docile as a butterfly in the springtime. In short, this car is creamery powered perfection.! (Wow, did I say that..?) The source of it's power is a conglomeration of front engined sourced power. You can pick from a V-6, V-6 Hybrid, V-6 hybrid with a supercharger, V8 or V-8 Turbo or later, even a diesel. (Wow, talk about choices..!) Most come with base rear drive and some can be optioned with all wheel drive and a fantastic seven or eight speed transmission option for the S model. Along with all of these options, you can also buy the best tires that can be purchased on a car, you can buy the best fade free brakes that can be optioned, a three piece rear spoiler that is just ingenious. Start/stop engine technology, air suspension, Navigation, sunroof, roof racks and on and on for weeks to come.
A chair is still a chair... Or is it?
What's it cost..?
With the 2012 starting price of about $76,000 all the way up to nearly $173,000 for a fully loaded and optioned out Panamera Turbo S AWD hatchback, this baby ain't cheap, but it is a Porsche, so you probable already knew that....
intro the Panamera
This car is rated to be able to pull a braked trailer that weighs up to 4850 lbs, or a brake-less trailer up to 1654 lbs. Try that with any other car in this class with a full load of four and we will see you on the side of the road waiting for the service truck from your local dealer to come out and get you for your engine and transmission overhaul..
Even with that, the Panamera still gets a nod from us. Customer satisfaction of everybody we've spoken to has been in the 98% thumbs up range. Oh, and just one more thing. If you have kids in the house, make sure you put your key in a safe place because if the kids are anything like I was, you will be spending lots of money for replacements because they won't be able to resist pushing it across the floor as the key itself is shaped just like the car. Wow! Now whowouldathunkit..!
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed it and until next time, keep your hands on the wheel and your feet on the gas... This is Dre'.. Deuces!