First Drive: 2011 Porsche Panamera V6

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First Drive: 2011 Panamera V6

Fortunately, there’s a lot to the 2011 Porsche Panamera a quirky roofline and fastback

Lusting after quirky based on looks alone is a good idea. Years I really wanted a late Jensen Interceptor. It’s a car despite the obvious differences in and number of doors, is with I couldn’t help but compare the

As our editorial director Marty remarked as one of his (appropriately terse) of the 2010 Panamera, “Baby got It’s true; the Panamera, as that old Jensen Interceptor, has the end of a sports car, paired a roofline (and tail) looks like it might been pulled a bit far upward and aft to add

The Panamera is truly, beautiful or in the eye of the beholder; while my colleague saw the as a little imbalanced, I see that as beauty.

Brit firm on 620hp Jensen Interceptor SX

the original Interceptor (another car as hideous by some scribes), the check came the first I drove one: with its big-block Mopar V-8, three-speed automatic, loose crashing suspension, and bloated, feeling, it was an utter disappointment and not the car it itself to be, at least from angles, from the outside. affair over.

Here’s the simple difference and the that you should keep in the Panamera, even in V6 form, a novelty that will off. The more you drive it, the you’ll like it. And it doesn’t like an ordinary car, not an Audi or VW; it drives like a

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Yes, the Panamera starts, and changes direction with a verve that’s unexpected in a four-door car. In an age when every sedan turns out to be a lot portly than you might the Panamera is remarkably lean, at pounds (just over pounds in Panamera 4 guise). a little lighter than the new BMW 5-Series and 2010 Mercedes-Benz and much lighter than the and Quattroporte, as well as the Jaguar XF.

is precise and quick, yet it feels settled enough at high There’s more tire and noise than you’ll in other large sedans, but otherwise quite ideally set up for cruising.

V-8 minus two = Porsche’s own V-6

The new V-6 engine used in the Panamera isn’t the VW-supplied VR6-derived) engine used in the Cayenne. Instead, aluminum-alloy engine is assembled on own line and is essentially the V-8 from the S with two cylinders cut off, breathing, cooling, and oil systems accordingly. Porsche also a balance-shaft system to quell the that otherwise crops up in V-6 designs, and it’s very

Although this engine the high-rev ‘magic’—the tonal Porsche’s flat-sixes and doesn’t overwhelm with low-rev it’s a satisfying engine in its own in the Panamera. Keep the revs 4,000 rpm and you’ll be able to a surprising amount of performance out of it, and it to hit a heavy-breathing frenzy in the last rpm or so up to its 6,700-rpm redline.

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