Porsche Panamera 4 PDK Review
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Story and Photos by Raymond Lai
19 Nov 2010

With the new V6 models, the Porsche Panamera’s appeal is set to widen even further.

Introduction, styling

When Porsche launched the Cayenne early last decade, many critics said back then that the German sports car company was venturing too far out of its core strength of building superb driver focused sports cars. The Cayenne eventually became a major success for Porsche. With the SUV, the brand garnered new customers that previously would have never bought a Porsche.

Since the introduction of the Cayenne, worldwide Porsche sales have multiplied many times over, keeping the relatively small carmaker profitable. The Cayenne's success has left Porsche wanting more and hence the introduction of a fourth model line up after the 911, Cayman/Boxster models and the Cayenne last year with the Panamera. Porsche calls the Panamera a Gran Turismo but it is more like a sportier alternative to a luxury barge like the Jaguar XJ and Mercedes-Benz S-Class in the mold of the Maserati Quattroporte and the gorgeous Aston Martin Rapide.

The Panamera was first introduced here in September 2009 with V8 engines in S, 4S and Turbo variants. Porsche is aware that a smaller engine V6 model is essential for the Panamera when it comes to markets like Singapore, hence the introduction of the 3.6-litre Panamera and it's all wheel drive equivalent, the Panamera 4 a couple of months back.

The Panamera's styling has divided opinions ever since it made its world debut at the Shanghai Motorshow in April last year. Just like the Cayenne, it seemed that Porsche's designers simply recycled design elements from a 911 onto a larger vehicle, a five-door luxury limo in the Panamera's case. While the Cayenne has the typical two-box profile of a large SUV, the Panamera goes one further by having a silhouette that tries to ape a 911's, which means it has a sloping hatch at the rear rather than a regular boot line like on a traditional luxury limo. This makes the Panamera look heavy and clumsy from certain angles and its overall design not cohesive or well proportioned. It looks OK enough when viewed directly from the front or rear but it looks just awkward when seen from the flanks or the rear three-quarter.

The V6 Panamera and Panamera 4 can be differentiated from the S, 4S and Turbo by their twin oval exhaust tail pipes instead of the quad tips on the V8 models. All Panamera models come with 18-inch wheels as standard but the wheel design differs from model to model. With its generously proportioned wheel arches, the Panamera 4's 18-inch alloys look rather miniscule and out of proportion. Well, one can always tick the 19 or 20-inch option wheels on the comprehensive and long options list.


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Engine Capacity 3605cc
Engine Type V 6
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Power 295bhp @ 6200rpm
Torque 400Nm @ 3750rpm
Power to Weight 158.6 bhp per ton


Acceleration 6.3s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 259 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 10.8 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)
Drive Type F4
Steering Hydraulic


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(4970 x 1931 x 1418) mm
Wheelbase 2920 mm
Kerb Weight 1860 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 80 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs