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2018 Porsche Panamera KBB Expert Review

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By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor

Despite numerous naysayers, the 2018 Porsche Panamera continues to win over converts, while simultaneously pushing the competition to produce similar 4-door supercars. Porsche expands an already abundant lineup with the new Panamera Sport Turismo wagon featuring a longer roof and more attractive rear-end styling. Also new is the Turbo S E-Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid that brings a whole lot of mean to the hybrid’s green. With power ranging from 330 to 680 horsepower, the 2018 Panamera is easily the equal of cars like the BMW M6 Gran Coupe, Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi RS 7, none of which yet offers a hybrid powertrain option. Couple this big sedan with decades of Porsche racing and performance innovations, and you get one very desirable 4-door.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for a high-end performance sedan with a bit of an edge in both the styling and powertrain departments, one of the many Panamera models will likely pique your interest. The Panamera’s rear seat can comfortably fit two adults, while the Sport Turismo offers station-wagon-like accommodations.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Looks are important, so if the Panamera’s elongated 911 silhouette doesn’t float your boat, no amount of performance bragging rights is likely to make you fall in love. If you need room for five and a secure trunk, an Audi RS 7 or Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 would be our pick.

What's New for 2018

Porsche’s 2018 Panamera performance sedan gains two new models: the wagon-like Sport Turismo and the Turbo S E-Hybrid, a plug-in hybrid that pushes engine output to a staggering 680 horsepower.

Driving It Driving Impressions

Compared to the first-generation Panamera, the 2018 car is superior in every area that matters. The steering is remarkably precise, made even better when one tacks on options such as the Sport package that brings launch control and rear-wheel steering. Despite its length, the Panamera takes corners like a champ, aided again by a host of electronic upgrades including Porsche’s Torque Vectoring technology and an adaptive air suspension. Power can be routed to either the rear wheels or all four, the former the choice of most purists, the latter a better option for novice drivers and those regularly dealing with snow. Gear changes are left to Porsche’s excellent PDK twin-clutch 8-speed automatic, while horsepower ranges anywhere from 330 ponies on the base Panamera to a mind-numbing 680 horsepower generated by the Turbo S E-Hybrid’s 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 and electric motor setup.

Favorite Features

Easily one of the world’s finest automotive audio systems, the Burmester 3D High End Surround Sound system was developed exclusively for use in Porsche automobiles. A touch-screen controller handles commands governing output to the system’s 21 speakers. You can even direct sound to the seat of your choice.

Porsche’s 4D Chassis Control monitors the car’s driving dynamics in all three spatial dimensions, allowing the Panamera’s computer brain to synchronize the car’s suspension and chassis systems for the optimal mix of handling and ride comfort.

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