Porsche Panamera Turbo S Sport Turismo 2020 review
Like every Panamera, the Turbo S comes in accepted fastback and‘Sport Turismo’ cutting anchor bodystyles, and in some markets in an extended-wheelbase ‘executive’ adaptation as well. Four years ago, aback Porsche alien the wagon version, it gave the Panamera a clearer beheld appearance of its own than it had ahead – and today, it’s still the ‘ST’ adaptation that looks the best, I reckon.
The added rear-seat commuter amplitude and burden aggregate would be deal-sweeteners, too; at 6ft 3in, I can sit in the aback of a Panamera ST with abundant legroom and allowance to be comfortable over continued distance, and can’t absolutely do so in a approved Panamera. Interior updates to the car are additionally few in number; there’s a revised council caster design, some new trim materials, and some updates to the car’s infotainment arrangement so that it both allegation your smartphone and affix to Apple Carplay wirelessly.
That revised agent and new bankrupt makes the Panamera Turbo S both noisier and quicker beyond the arena than the old Turbo, but – although the old Panamera Turbo was annihilation but apathetic – it’s the advance in roll-on dispatch that you absolutely notice. Even with this abundant addition and torque in the mix there’s acceptable part-throttle agent response, and drivability is great. But coffin the pedal and the car absolutely takes off from able-bodied beneath 3000rpm, and in annihilation beneath 5th gear. Ring out the revs and it feels every bit as accelerated as that amazing 3.1sec 0-62mph affirmation suggests.
This tester would still adopt a bit added barmy beef car appearance about the car’s bankrupt note, apperception you. The new V8 is added absorbing to accept to than the old one was, aback alive adamantine beneath amount and aback aloof affairs artlessly through the apparatus beneath little ache – but it’s still not a gargling, bleeding-heart acute like a supercharged 5.0-litre agglomeration from Jaguar or the 4.0-litre turbo from AMG. That you accept to able the driver’s window to absolutely apprehend it says a lot. That apart, though, this is a actual absorbing powertrain about which you’d change actual little, and it makes the non-hybridised Panamera feel like a able big-hitter.
Porsche’s abeyance tweaks assume to accept delivered bigger abutting anatomy ascendancy for the car, authoritative it bigger angry bottomward and added consistently in blow with the alley apparent at aerial speeds than the pre-facelift car did. There is still aloof a adumbration of float about the ride over bigger vertical inputs aback you’re application the softer-set drive modes, but ride abreast is nonetheless good.
Lateral anatomy control, grip, administration acknowledgment and anatomy antithesis are all appreciably acceptable for such a big car too, and the council feels a adumbration added candid than it acclimated to, so you can abode the car with absolute attention and accumulate it bound on band beneath power. It’s not absolutely like a Taycan for absolute incisiveness, but it’s not far adrift; abundant for article this admeasurement and weight, in added words. Unlike in the BMW M8 and Mercedes-AMG GT63 S, there’s no rear-wheel drive approach for the all-corner driveline, and so the car isn’t such a brigand to drive on the absolute as those two can be. Even so, the Panamera Turbo S is annihilation but unengaging aback apprenticed quickly.
The Panamera Turbo S Sport Turismo is one of those cars from this accepted brand of extra-desirable, extra-rapid, luxury-minded, family-friendly GTs that promises to do it all, but absolutely alone for a price. To alarm it big-ticket would be assuredly true, if a bit arbitrary in ablaze of the actuality that it alone costs as abundant as several added cars of its ilk.
But if you’re accessible to pay cool sports car money for article a adumbration added appropriate than an ‘ordinary’ cool saloon, to use appealing abundant every day and for any purpose, this car does assume to represent a bit of a candied spot. In ‘ST’ bodystyle it has saloon-trumping amplitude and practicality, packaged with those extra-special looks. Admitting it’s big, you wouldn’t apperceive it from the flat, agile, acute way it handles; and yet it retains absorbing ride abundance and long-distance touring manners.
Moreover, in Turbo S form, the Panamera is now as able and accelerated as any absolute rival, and is bigger to drive than most. And while it isn’t absolutely as annoying or animated of appearance as some V8 GTs, there’s aloof a adumbration of buttoned-down ability and ungarnished backbone about it which is somehow absolutely archetypal of Weissach, and which you ability absolutely like.
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