With the launch of the Porsche Panamera Turbo, a new breed of car was born. It's a four-door, four-seat, fastback sports car, which provides a thrillingly sporty ride for those who need a bit more room than that offered by conventional sports cars. It's a great long distance tourer for groups of four adults, offers blistering acceleration and has wonderfully distinctive looks. It'll also deliver everything else you'd expect from a Porsche, including that thrilling sense of driving one of the world's most original cars.
Read any Porsche Panamera Turbo review and you'll see critics putting it firmly between the 911 and the Cayenne in terms of performance, meaning it has the pace of the former and the sheer oomph of the latter. Its front-mounted 4.8 litre V8 engine delivers 493BHP and 517 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to our Sports Chrono package, which offers launch control, shorter shift times and sportier gear changes, you're guaranteed the fastest possible start to your journey. The incredible performance is also due to the overboost function, which kicks in when you're in SPORT or SPORT PLUS mode and ups boost pressure by up to 10%, significantly increasing the maximum torque.
The SportsChrono package is so effective because it's twinned with the highly respected seven-speed PDK system, which offers a manual gearshift and an automatic mode, delivering sports performance with efficiency and comfort as well as rapid gear changes with no discernible interruption in the flow of power. It's essentially two gearboxes in one, with a long ratio seventh gear that keeps revs low, even at high speeds.
All this wonderful tech takes the Porsche Panamera Turbo from 0-60MPH in 3.9 seconds, and reach a top speed of 188MPH. As critics say, it 'feels an indecently fast car'. Although it's fast, there's also a great deal of ride comfort thanks to the air spring suspension, which has three modes of stiffness. The four wheel drive allows you to control the large amounts of power produced by the car with ease, while carbon ceramic brakes give you excellent stopping power.
This car won't let you down in the performance stakes, and you'll easily be able to rival other luxury cars such as the S Class AMG and the Maserati Quattroporte when you're out on your Porsche Panamera Turbo hire.
The Porsche Panamera Turbo is the perfect car for sophisticated transportation, particularly when there are four of you. It may have four doors but it's a sports car at heart, and one that offers blistering acceleration. It's a joy to drive but also, thanks to the comfortable leather seats, sunroof and ample legroom, a pleasure to ride in. For those wary of the 911 but looking for something sportier than the Cayenne, this may be the perfect option. In addition, the cost to rent a Porsche Panamera Turbo may be less than you think, and it's certainly more cost-effective, and much more hassle-free, than purchasing one.
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Porsche say their aim with the Panamera was to create something timeless, "that not only appeals today but also captivates tomorrow". One glance at the exterior of this vehicle will show that they achieved their aim, as the Panamera has a distinct shape while still retaining the Porsche aesthetic. The proportions are typical of the marque, with high wings and a muscular rear, with a tapering roofline that sweeps majestically forward. Head and tail-lights are both LED, and feature the Porsche Dynamic Light System.
Yet the lines are sharper and edgier, with distinctive features such as enlarged air intakes, which provide optimum cooling for the engine and brakes. The rear contouring is also sharper, with a wider, flatter windscreen than on other models. As befits a car with such a performance focus, there is also an automatically deploying rear spoiler, accompanied by sideskirts and a distinctive powerdome on the bonnet.
Rent our Porsche Panamera Turbo and you'll find a host of luxury specs inside. For example, it comes with four-zone climate control, allowing all passengers to travel in comfort no matter what the weather. If things get a little too cool, however, they can warm up with heated leather seats in both the front and the rear, which are all individually embossed with the Porsche crest. The black leather of the seats is further enhanced by beautiful contrast stitching in luxor beige.
Speaking of the seats, the driver's seat position is similar to a 911's, located in a similar position over the front wheels. The driver is confronted by a bevy of buttons for controlling the many electrical gadgets that come with the Porsche Panamera Turbo, and we particularly like the fact that, when you select Sport or Sport Plus mode, the relevant logo on the left of the steering wheel will light up. On the safety side, the driver benefits from cruise control, park assist, a reversing camera and much more. There's even a high quality quality Bose stereo with a touch screen, media connection and sat nav.
From the cockpit a high transmission tunnels runs backwards and points to the spacious rear seats, which are positioned to afford the best possible view out of the windows - which come with privacy glass to ensure no-one can stare back! If you don't have three other friends with you, the rear seats can be folded over to provide 1263 litres of boot space, allowing plenty of room for golf clubs, luggage or just a really good picnic.