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2020 Porsche Panamera Overview
The Porsche Panamera has a big birthday coming up for 2020. The Panamera is about to turn 10 and, to celebrate, Porsche will offer a 10 Year Edition package that adds special 21-inch wheels painted White Gold Metallic, special badges inside and out, and White Gold stitching on the seat. The 10 Year Edition Panamera also comes with a few more standard features than base trims.
Otherwise, the Panamera largely remains the same, since the second-generation version just came out for the 2017 model year. The Panamera still offers the same wide range of drivetrains, premium options, and price points. Many versions are available as a “Sport Turismo” with a longer roofline and a more upright rear window that allows for more interior space.
The base Panamera, the all-wheel-drive (AWD) Panamera 4, and the 10 Year Edition all get a turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 good for 330 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque. That is enough to get the Panamera from 0-60 mph in 5.4 seconds and on to a 164-mph top speed. Add the Sport Chrono Package and the 0-60 mph time drops to 5.2 seconds.
The next engine up the ladder comes in the Panamera 4S, and it’s a 2.9-liter V6 with two turbochargers, 440 hp, and 405 lb-ft. The 4S takes 4.2 seconds to get to 60 mph and goes on to a top speed of 179 mph. Again, the Sport Chrono Package drops that 0-60 mph time by a couple of tenths. The Panamera GTS, which Porsche added to the lineup for 2019, gets Porsche’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 453 hp and 457 lb-ft for a 3.9-second 0-60 mph time and a 181-mph top speed. The Panamera Turbo boosts the same V8 to 550 hp and 567 lb-ft, which gets it to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. All Panameras shift through an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters.
Being a Porsche, the Panamera feels light on its feet for a large luxury automobile, and it's as advanced in the handling department as it is under the hood. Tempting options include rear-wheel steering and carbon-ceramic brakes, while the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system with three modes keeps the ride suited for either spirited driving or relaxed daily driving.
Not all Porsche buyers are concerned with fuel economy, and those who are will primarily look at the range of hybrid Panameras, which we cover separately. As for the conventional Panamera range, base cars will do 19 mpg city, 27 highway, and 22 combined. They get thirstier from there, with the Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo drinking the most premium fuel at 18/23/20.
From additional leather to custom paint to upgraded stereos and ventilated seats, the options list for the inside of a Panamera is long. The room inside, meanwhile, is ample, with 17.6 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats in the standard version and 18.3 in the Sport Turismo. This opens up to 47.3 cubic feet and 49 cubic feet, respectively, with the seats folded. The Sport Turismo also adds a 3-person bench seat in the back rather than the 40/20/40 split-folding 2-person bench in the standard version.
The current Panamera hasn’t been crash-tested yet, but it's available with plenty of active safety features. These include automatic parking assist, adaptive cruise control, active-lane control, blind-spot monitors, and night-vision assist that can detect pedestrians with thermal imaging. Porsche’s available InnoDrive system is also a near-autopilot feature that can optimize your driving. The 10 Year Edition trim comes standard with lane-change assist, a surround-view camera, and lane-keep assist, plus soft-close doors and a Bose Surround Sound stereo.
The Porsche Panamera doesn’t quite have a direct competitor, and its wide price range means that the person shopping for a base V6 isn’t quite the same person shopping for a fully loaded Turbo. Other full-size sporty and super luxurious sedans to consider include the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series, or Audi A7.
Since 2012, Andrew Newton has been writing about cars both old and new. Andrew has been an associate editor at Sport Car Digest as well as a contributor to sites like BoldRide and JamesEdition. He was also the Education Manager at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA before becoming the Auction Editor at Hagerty Classic Car Insurance. He currently splits his time behind the wheel between his NA Miata, 1994 Corvette, and Triumph TR6.
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