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2021 Porsche Panamera Review: The Multi-Vitamin Of Sports Cars

The 2021 Porsche Panamera, a mid/full-size luxury vehicle now in its second generation, has always been a bit of a controversial character. When Porsche first introduced this car back in 2010, Porsche fans were not impressed with its front-engine, 4-door layout, and seemingly botched looks, but the Panamera has proven to be a popular model for the German sports car manufacturer and has become a well-loved model that delivers excellent practicality, and brutal performance in the right spec. For 2021, the Panamera gets a few styling updates inside and out and a slight chassis tweak. The most powerful Panamera on offer before you enter Turbo territory is the GTS which offers 473 horsepower from its twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine. Going up against competitors such as the Audi A7 and Mercedes-AMG GT 63, it has its work cut out, but Porsche knows precisely what it's doing.

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2021 Porsche Panamera Changes: 🚙What's the difference vs. 2020 Porsche Panamera?

The 2021 Porsche Panamera looks slightly more aggressive this year thanks to the newly standard (previously optional) SportDesign front fascia, and the rear-end now features a full-length LED light strip and a more aggressive diffuser. Under the skin, the 2021 Panamera sedan also gets a slightly reworked chassis and, inside, there's an updated steering wheel with integrated shift paddles. Safety has been bolstered by the addition of standard lane-keeping assist and traffic-sign recognition. Two new exterior colors, Truffle Brown and Cherry Red Metallic, add some individualism.

Pros and Cons

  • It's still one of the best driving cars in its class
  • More practical than ever
  • Still deceptively quick
  • Sharper styling for 2021
  • Niggly touch-sensitive controls
  • It's expensive
  • Gas-guzzling fuel economy

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2021 Porsche Panamera Trims and Prices

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
Base
2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
$87,200
4
2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$91,800
4 Executive
2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$98,500
4S
2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$105,000
4S Executive
2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$116,300

Panamera Exterior

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Dimensions

  • Length 198.8 in
  • Wheelbase 116.1 in
  • Height 56.0 in
  • Max Width 78.2 in
  • Front Width 65.8 in
  • Rear Width 65.0 in
  • Curb Weight 4,222.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Carrara White Metallic
  • Jet Black Metallic
  • Volcano Grey Metallic
  • Cherry Metallic
  • Dolomite Silver Metallic
  • Gentian Blue Metallic
  • Night Blue Metallic
  • Mamba Green Metallic
  • Truffle Brown Metallic
  • Mahogany Metallic
  • GT Silver Metallic
  • Papaya Metallic
  • Carmine Red
  • Amethyst Metallic
  • Chalk
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Panamera Performance

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Engine and Transmission

The Panamera offers tons of performance in any configuration, and most should be content with the base model's 325 hp and 331 lb-ft, which comes from a 2.9-liter twin-turbo 6-cylinder engine. Power is sent to the rear-wheel drive via an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Panamera 4 adds an all-wheel-drive system. The 4S uses the same motor but ups the power to 443 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque. The sporty GTS is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo eight-cylinder and produces 473 hp and 457 lb-ft which allows for a 0-60 mph sprint of 3.7 seconds, and a top-speed of 186 mph. Executive models share the same power plants, but are unfortunately not available in GTS guise. If you're after big power, you'll have to fork out close to $200k for the 690 hp Turbo S E-Hybrid

  • Engines
    2.9L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas, 4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Panamera Gas Mileage

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    23.7 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 18/24 mpg
* 2021 Porsche Panamera Base RWD

Panamera Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
    4-seater

Panamera Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Maximum Cargo Space
    47.3 ft³

Panamera Safety and Reliability

Warranty

  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    12 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Maintenance:
    1 Years \ 10,000 Miles

Verdict: 🏁Is the 2021 Porsche Panamera a good sedan?

There will always be haters, especially if you're killing it. Hardcore Porsche fans have never been massive fans of the Panamera, but this car is undeniably good. Over the years, the styling has evolved into something that can legitimately be described as 'attractive,' and the addition of the SportDesign front fascia doesn't hurt. On the inside, the Panamera is a truly opulent piece of kit. Yes, certain interior options are a bit pricey, but even in base form, it's an extremely comfortable place to be, and there's more than enough space for four adults to get comfy on a long road trip.

Porsche has an excellent reputation for reliability, despite there being no review of the 2021 Porsche Panamera from safety rating organisations such as the NHTSA or IIHS in the US. The sedan receives a full array of airbags, but there are limited advanced safety or driver-assist features.

Little can touch the Panamera on the road in terms of sheer driving pleasure: this car drives like something half its size and can be highly entertaining, or highly comfortable, depending on your mood. The base model is punchy, and the GTS is simply ridiculous, offering blindingly fast acceleration. Tech is up to class standards, but you're going to have to pay dearly if you want a fully kitted top-of-the-line model. In short, few machines offer such an all-round solid package in this class.

🚗What 2021 Porsche Panamera Model Should I Buy?

There's a surprising amount of options here, so your choice will primarily be based on two things: what you can afford and how much power you're after. As we've said before, even in base form, the Panamera is a quick car, accelerating to 60 mph in only 5.3 seconds and topping out at 168 mph. For most, that's plenty, but we'd suggest going for the middle of the road 4S, which ups power to 443 hp and drops the 0-60 mph sprint down to 4.1 seconds. The price of the 2021 Porsche Panamera sedan in this configuration starts at $106,400. You can throw in some options if you really want, but this is all the car you'll ever need, and then some.

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