The Panamera comes in two basic body styles with no fewer than five different engine options. The base engine is a turbocharged 3.0L V6 making 330 horsepower. Porsche claims that this engine will rocket the panamera to 60 MPH in just 5.4 seconds. Panamera S models use a new 2.9L twin-turbo V6 making 440 hp. 0-60 times drop to 4.2 seconds for the S. A hybrid version combines the 330 hp V6 with an electric motor, for a total of 462 horsepower, while the full blown turbo version uses a 4.0L V8 engine with two turbos to produce 550 horsepower. Porsche claims a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds for the Turbo model. At the very top of the Panamera hierarchy lies the Panamera Tyrbo S E-Hybrid, which combines the 550 horsepower V8 with an electric motor for a staggering 680 horsepower and a 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds.
Base Panameras and Panamera S models come standard with rear-wheel drive, while hybrid and Turbo models come standard with all-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive is optional for base and S models. Power is distributed by a new 8-speed PDK gearbox which shifts incredibly quickly and is partially responsible for those rapid acceleration times.
A new development in the Panamera lineup for this generation is the emergence of a wagon model, dubbed the Sport Turismo. Where the regular Panamera has a trunk, the Sport Turismo has a long, elegantly shaped rear hatch, capable of swallowing a surprising amount of luggage. While the new Panamera is better looking than the previous generation, the Sport Turismo might be better looking still. All Sport Turismo Panameras come standard with All-wheel drive as well.
The Panamera must fulfill a role as a luxury car and its standard features reflect this fact. Base Panameras with no options still come with a 10-speaker 150 watt stereo, SiriusXM satellite radio, a navigation system, a ParkAssist system, a rear camera, dual-zone climate control, partial leather seating with heaters for the front seat, a multifunction steering wheel, 19-inch wheels, HID headlights and a panoramic sunroof.
Options on the Panamera are copious, a Premium Package includes a Bose sound system, 14-way power adjustable seats with a memory function, a lane change assist function and Porsche Comfort Access, which lets drivers start the car without having to take their keys out of their pockets.
The Premium Package Plus adds soft close doors, rear heated seats, vented seats in front and Porsche's Dynamic Light system with headlight cleaners. An assistance package includes an adaptive cruise control system, a lane keep assist system and night vision.
I love small sports cars, but let's face it, little cars are impractical. Sure, if it's just you and your pal out for a Sunday drive, a Porsche 911 is a perfect car. But what of the well-heeled enthusiast family? You know, people who want the sports car experience but have to haul more than just ass. For them, the answer is simple. Meet the Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo.
The Sport Turismo has the same stellar 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 as the Panamera GTS sedan, with 453 horsepower and 457 pound-feet of torque. That power routes through a super-quick-shifting, eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission, and hits the ground through all four wheels. You can read a very thorough, but suffice it to say, this thing rips.
Take the GTS on winding roads and the available rear axle steering keeps the Panamera rotating with a grace that belies its long wheelbase. Hammer it down a freeway on-ramp and you'll hit triple-digit speeds before you reach the merge point. Or hey, just dial it all back and cruise down the coast in comfort. In any situation, the Panamera GTS excels.
The Good ~ Strong, twin-turbo V8 power ~ Handling upgrades come standard ~ Wagon shape means extra practicality
The Bad ~ No Android Auto compatibility ~ Driver-assistance features cost extra ~ It can get really expensive with options
The Bottom Line The 2019 Porsche Panamera GTS Sport Turismo takes our favorite version of Porsche's sleek four-door and adds useful wagon functionality.
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