It’s interesting what people have to say about the new Porsche Panamera as reviews start to surface. Maybe some day Porsche Perfect will be enough of a force in the Porsche world to warrant access to the Porsche press fleet. Then again, it’s more likely we’ll continue to be relegated to “test driving” second hand cars and only drooling over the latest and greatest.
The latest article I’ve come across about the Panamera was a “preview” of the Panamera Turbo written by David Booth for Canada’s National Post. To be honest, I’m not really sure what a preview review is. I can’t tell if the author actually had access to the Panamera fleet for his research or not. Regardless, he raised a few interesting points. Most of which I don’t agree with.
The basic conclusion of the article is don’t buy the Turbo, buy the normally aspirated V8 version found in the S and 4S models. Booth claims this will provide a “much more satisfying” experience due to the increased control. Here’s a great analogy he uses in his article:
The Turbo reminds me of your inveterate kegger buddy: Even when you just want to slowly sip a pint, he always insists on ordering a full pitcher.
Interesting. I guess kegger buddies worldwide are going to want me as their wingman, because personally, I love the accentuated power of the Turbo model and it’s typically beast-like handling characteristics. Isn’t that what a Porsche Turbo Anything is all about?
I have a hard time not seeing the natural progression in desire up to the top with the Turbo model at the #1 spot of the Panamera lineup. Isn’t there at least a tiny bit of Turbo envy in every Porschephile?
It almost seems like he should be thinking more about an Aston Martin or Bentley rather than a Porsche. Or perhaps the Mercedes AMG CLS63, AMG S65, or Cadillac CTS-V he mentions as all faster than the Panamera. They may be technically faster, but I’d bet ten bucks they all feel like a fat runner on a 6-pack of Red Bull. Not really built for a foot race even if they can “technically” win. All three cars he lists are models built for comfort and cruising, only beefed up to feel sporty, rather than Porsche’s racing roots being the basis from which the Panamera was built.
I know the Turbo versions of Porsche’s creations are not everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s fine. Maybe I just need to get used to the playground the Panamera will likely be frequenting: luxury sedanville. I just couldn’t let the kegger buddy/anti-drama comments go unnoticed.
Jump over and read David Booth’s article here: Preview: 2010 Porsche Panamera Turbo