The Porsche Panamera is the thinking man’s flagship super-executive performance luxury limo. From its arrival in 2009 to this very day, the Panamera has (like the Cayenne before it) redefined the brand and made it more relevant on the world’s car map. Porsche has allowed the product to do all the talking and this has solidified the make’s positioning as possibly the most desirable of all.
What is a Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive?
The 2014 Porsche Panamera is dapper, baller. To own and drive a Panamera means you are not content with the best of the best. To select Porsche’s range-topping Panamera is to distinguish oneself from the heard of Mercedes S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8 sheep.
Do not get me wrong, the above cars are all prodigious, however, the Pan makes a different statement. This message is one of not only prestige but of serious performance. The Porsche Panamera does not stand alone as the alternative to the “sedan” as its shape is more akin to one of the latest design fads in the car business: 4-door coupes.
2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive Price and Specs
Stepping aboard the basic Panamera will require parting with $89,500, but no one in his or her right mind would do so.
As bespoke as any high-class suit, the big Porsche can practically be built in the image of its lucky future owner. It beings with no less than eleven trims that are customizable beyond reason.
From a drivetrain point of view, selection varies from a 3.6L V6, to a twin-turbocharged 4.8L V8. The S now gets a new twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 and let’s not forget the eHybrid which sports a supercharged 3.0L V6. Max power for the new Turbo S is only 570 horsepower…
Our 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive featured the V8 along with its 520 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque (568 lb. with the Sport Chrono Package). Turbo (or 4) equals AWD and it also gets Porsche’s beyond-excellent Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) 7-speed autobox. It retailed for a whopping $212,000. Pick your jaw up off the floor. It’s unsanitary.
Driving the 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive
One of the vast number of high points of a Porsche is the fact that the car is easy to drive. Despite the Pan Executive’s 5.2 metre length, from the driver’s POV, little changes from driving a regular 911. Being mindful of not clipping concrete dividers in a parking lot is a must, but otherwise barrelling down the open road requires nothing more than average attention.
Two hands on the steering wheel are recommended as speeds do climb at a rapid rate. Between the lag-free turbo V8 and lightning sharp PDK ‘box, this Porsche moves faster than any 2,070 kg (4,554 lb.) car ever should.
Although reaching 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds sounds violent, it really isn’t with this car. Of the lot of cars compared, the Panamera Turbo was by far the most gentleman-like (and slowest…). Immediate swells of boost are calmly dispensed to all four wheels, and when compared to the RS 7, M6 Gran Coupé and CLS 63 AMG, the driver needs to consult the speedo to fully understand how fast they are going.
The 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive rides with civility and poise. The degree of refinement and class is on a scale that bridges the gap between an S-Class and a Cayman. In fact, this car’s abilities are fascinating and easy to take for granted. Carving snow-covered country roads at speed was as simple as looking ahead and steering. Grip was phenomenal as was confidence in the car’s abilities.
As with all Porsches, finagling with the Sport and suspension controls livens up the entire experience. One note on the paddles: they suck. The non-heated Sports steering wheel includes proper paddles. I think Porsche should fix that for good.
Inside and Out of the 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive
As the most grownup of this lot of supercars, the Panamera is more about dignity and elegance than brutish force and in-your-face looks. The big Porker’s exterior shape may still leave some onlookers scratching their heads, but everyone will agree that the cabin is extraordinary.
The Executive’s extra 15 cm (9.4”) in overall length skewers the Panamera’s lines and does require some visual adjustments to fully accept. A “regular” Panamera looks small by comparison…
If you like buttons and techy stuff, the Porsche Panamera has you covered. There are over 30 buttons and switches on the centre console alone, never mind the dashboard. Wrap all of that in sumptuous leather, woods, and top it all off with a gorgeous clock/chrono and fabulous seats and you’ll never want to leave the car.
The winners in the Executive are clearly the rear passengers who gain massive legroom, but I must say that Porsches are meant to be driven.
Comparing the 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive
We did exactly that, and we agreed that the Panamera is the most docile and gentle, the most gentlemanly of the lot. Don’t be fooled by the fact this is a nice car still offering performance and Porsche greatness.