Porsche are very well known for their classic and somewhat iconic range of sports cars. With fabulous famous models such as the powerful 911, it is fair to say that this brand is very at home with producing elegant and speedy cars that are the very epitome of sporty Autel Diaglink. In fact, I am not sure I have ever seen a Porsche that didn't manage to channel some element of sportiness throughout its design - and that includes their beast of a 4x4.
Whilst their 4x4 may look sporty is clearly isn't a sports car - and many people would argue that this is largely because it isn't a two seater Autel MaxiCOM MK808. After all, sports cars have to have room for only two people, so that you can drive along romantically, possibly with the top down, speeding through roads the likes of which only exist of car adverts.
Actually, this isn't true. Porsche have set out to dispel the rumour that sports cars have to be impractical and restrictive with their Panamera model. This is a Porsche through and through - you only have to look at it to know that - but at the same time in comfortable seats four - the best of both worlds!
I suppose the looks are the best place to start when we talk about this car. If one of these expensive and luxurious cars drove past you at high speed, you could be forgiven for mistaking it for another car in the Porsche range - a Cayman, perhaps, or a Boxster. That is how similar it is to all its brand siblings - it features the same proportions from the elegant bonnet through to the curved rear end. It stretches a little further back in order to fit in the extra passengers, but essentially Porsche have stuck with a design that they know very well. They know it is streamlined, they know it is good looking - so there isn't really any reason to change it.
The engine too doesn't make any concessions just because more people are going to be travelling in the Panamera. The S version has a substantial 4.8 litre V8 naturally aspirated engine with direct fuel injection (DFI), VarioCam Plus and a variable intake manifold - all of which combines to make for a fast and very powerful ride. In neat numbers, the Panamera can do 0-62 in 5 seconds exactly, with a impressive top speed of 175 mph. Not to be scoffed at, eh?!
Essentially this car manages to disprove all the misconceptions about what a supercar has to be. Instead, it shows us that you can have an exquisite decadent leather interior in a 4 seater just as much as you can in a 2 seat, that a decent engine will perform well even in a bigger car, and that speed is definitely still part of the fun. I think this should be enough to convince anyone with hesitations to consider spending around £70k on a brand new one - or to head to a local used Porsche dealer and see if they can find a deal.
Lauren Cooke is a writer and a car enthusiast. He currently writes for the automotive industry. Here she discusses Used Porsche cars.