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2017 Porsche Panamera First Test Review: The Ultimate Four-Door Sports Car
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By: MotorTrend On: 11-10-2017 Model(s): If you need a Mercedes S-Class but lust for a sports car, the 2017 Panamera is the Porsche for you. 2017 Porsche Panamera
Author Experience: Expert review

If you need a Mercedes S-Class but lust for a sports car, the 2017 Panamera is the Porsche for you.

Hunkered low like a 911—even the revised tail end styling lays claim to the 911’s iconic buttocks—the Panamera is a true four-door sports car. But having four doors doesn’t necessarily make it a sedan, and that means your passengers might have to make a sacrifice or two in exchange for sating your sports car lust.

With tighter proportions, a better stance, and, as Car of the Year guest judge (and former Chrysler design czar) Tom Gale noted, surfaces and graphics that are “all Porsche,” this Panamera is a stunner.

The new model marks the debut of VW Group’s new front-engine, rear- and all-wheel-drive MSB architecture—for which Porsche was the development lead—and the new Porsche-developed 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8. Compared with the old Panamera, the wheelbase has been stretched 1.2 inches to 116.1 inches, with the front axle moved forward half an inch relative to the firewall.

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