Streetside Classics-Dallas/Fort Worth
5400 Sandshell Dr
Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth, TX
Occupying the elusive space between a luxury sedan and a proper sports car, the Porsche Panamera has been extremely successful for the German geniuses in Stuttgart. Initially panned by Porsche purists upon its inception, much like the top-selling Porsche Cayenne SUV was (which now happens to be the company's best-selling car ever), this mid/full-sized luxury vehicle has been nothing short of a rousing success in the world market. Porsche can't make them fast enough, and rarely do you see them last long on the secondary market before they're gobbled up well-above subjective 'book-value'. With an Audi-based 3.0L Supercharged V6 hybrid motor, impeccable interior, and top-of-the-line German ingenuity that just can't be rivaled, this 2012 Panamera S-Hybrid is the exotic that you can drive every day.
The unique Panamera name, much like the Carrera, was derived directly from the storied Carrera Panamericana race, and is widely viewed to be the long-awaited result of the 989 prototype developed between '88-'91. With an original MSRP of over $95K+, you'd better believe this luxurious 4-door hatchback is beautifully finished. Buyers at that price level don't put up with the niggles that plague lesser cars and the Germans seem to excel at creating paint that's so smooth and glossy that it still looks wet enough to smear. Porsche calls the finish Platinum Silver Metallic, a shade that has graced many 911s through the years, and it looks stunning on the sculpted bodywork of this 1st Generation Panamera. With just 55,985 miles on the clock, it's in fantastic condition with very few signs of use, because cars like this always see above-average levels of care. There might be a small swirl or two acquired from a past car wash, but nothing that can't be buffed-and-waxed to a showroom shine that stops onlookers dead in their tracks. Yes, it's really that pretty but it's only fully evident when you see it in person, where the long hood up front and lift-back hatch in the rear remind us that this car has 911 blood running through its veins. All the chrome trim is metal, not plastic, and it has a cool, heavy feeling that suggests quality, and despite the fact that it's been on the road for almost 9 years now, it still looks practically new with a design that seems to defy the passage of time.
Finding one of these with such a clean leather interior is not easy, as many of these cars were used as luxury family haulers that ran errands around town all day long. Quite frankly we were shocked at how showroom-new things are inside, almost as if it's never been sat in. In the usual German fashion, the stitchwork is exquisite and the hides are almost sinfully soft, but everything still feels incredibly durable, supportive, and downright tough inside a combination not found in many other marquee brands. Plush carpets, flashy trim, and a comprehensively organized control layout are all plusses for the Panamera, which by virtue of its name, was designed to be a comfortable long-distance cruiser. Big, simple gauges are easy to read and offer digital screens that monitor all the car's functions (and yes, this is still a Porsche, so the tachometer is front-and-center), most of which are managed through both the center console and steering wheel controls. Yes, there are plenty of buttons and tech to satisfy the guy who loves gadgets, and it all works properly, and rather than list the laundry list of options for the next 10 minutes, just know that it's equipped with pretty much everything that was offered by any major luxury automaker in 2012. A few nods to the car's ancestry can be found in the Porsche emblem on the center of the wheel and the bolstered bucket seats front and rear, and the E-Power button in the center console means switching from gas to battery power is as easy as changing the radio station. And because this is a rare front-engine Porsche, it also includes a good-sized rear hatch area that shows no signs of wear and tear.
Using the same hardware as the uber-successful Cayenne S-Hybrid, this Panamera is equipped with an Audi-sourced, supercharged 3.0L V6 engine producing a 333 horsepower rating, along with an electric motor rated at 47 horsepower to boot, and an incredible 428 pound-feet of max torque. Despite being fairly heavy (like all hybrids), it still hits 0-60 in 5.5 seconds (according to Car and Driver), has a governed top speed of 168MPH on standard tires, and was Porsche's most efficient vehicle at the time achieving 35 MPG on the European drive cycle, with an estimated EPA rating closer to 23 City/28 Highway. The Aisin-supplied 8-speed automatic Tiptronic S transmission with steering-wheel-mounted shifters is a civilized yet very sporty set-up, and the torque converter takes some of the head snap out of the driveline, making it very easy to be smooth and fast in this car. Provided standard are multiple system settings for a custom drivi
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