The 2010 Porsche Panamera ranks 2 out of 7 Super Luxury Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of 14 published reviews and test drives of the Porsche Panamera, and our analysis of reliability and safety data.
Perhaps the world’s most uncompromising sedan, the all-new Porsche Panamera combines breathtaking performance with indulgent accommodations for four adults. Some Porsche purists may detest the car’s unusual appearance, and few can afford it (a look at the pricing list for options would make Warren Buffet gasp), but the automotive press agrees that the car is simply an epic achievement.
The Porsche Panamera can coddle four adults in opulent surroundings at 170 mph, and holds its own with some six-figure sports cars on a winding mountain road. It can carry as much cargo as some full-size SUVs, but in turbocharged form, goes from zero-to-sixty faster than a Ferrari 612 Scaglietti. It offers four sumptuous seats, a stereo system that’s among the best offered anywhere, and available four-zone climate control, and 500 horsepower.
Auto writers have attempted to compare it to specially-tuned sport sedans like the BMW M5, exotic cars like the Maserati Quattroporte, and super-luxury cruisers like the BMW 7-Series – but every comparison falls flat.
Yet, the very idea of the car upsets some lifelong Porsche fanatics. They call it blasphemous.
Porsche is world-famous, after all, four small, light, two-door, rear-engine sports cars like the 911. The iconic Porsche has a sparse interior, with little to distract from its mission of raw performance.
The Panamera, on the other hand is a full-size luxury sedan. It weighs nearly 4,000 pounds, has four doors, and carries its big V8 engine up front. Its interior is sumptuous, with every modern technological amenity and acres of smooth, soft leather.
It’s also unusual looking. With a long hood and bulbous rear hatch, it looks a little like a stretched 911.
Those traits have caused a split in cri...