Porsche Panamera S 3.0 Review
Big is beautiful

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
2 Oct 2013

Introduction, Exterior

Just the mention of downsizing anything would have enthusiasts up in arms over the losses. Be it in capacity, horsepower or aural pleasure, downsizing in an automobile can’t possibly be a good thing.



Porsche always tries to infuse their 911 DNA into their other models through their handling as well as exterior styling. Most would agree that the 911 is a pretty handsome sports car but not so much when translated into a four door sedan or an SUV.

The first generation Cayenne and Panamera designs have been vehemently persecuted for grafting the 911 ‘face’ into bulky bodylines. And we’ve all heard the comparisons between J Lo’s rear and the Panamera’s.

Happily though, the latest Panamera has more than made up for those awkward early years. The new Panamera is in a word, gorgeous. The overall design has seamlessly combined muscular flared arches with timeless elegant design. 

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Engine Capacity 2997cc Turbocharged
Engine Type V 6
Compression Ratio 9.8:1
Bore x Stroke (96.0 x 69.0)mm
Power 420bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 520Nm @ 1750rpm
Power to Weight 232 bhp per ton


Acceleration 5.1s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 287 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 11.5 km/L
Drag Coefficient 0.300

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed PDK
Drive Type FR
Steering Electric


Body Type Sedan
(L x W x H)
(5015 x 1931 x 1418) mm
Wheelbase 2920 mm
Kerb Weight 1810 kg
Boot Capacity (folded) 1263 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 80 L


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