What is it?
With its new Porsche-developed 3.6-litre V6 engine, this is the new entry-level Panamera, although – given that it costs more than £60,000 and has the thick end of 300bhp – it’s anything but basic.
What it does is to bring the Panamera within the budget of more buyers, as well as introducing a model that will be much cheaper to run than the existing V8 models.
Costing £61,461 (or £66,929 for the four-wheel-drive model), the Panamera is more than £12,000 less than the cheapest V8 model – and pretty much the only difference between the two is the engine. In other words, buying a V8 car means you’re paying well into five figures for about 100bhp extra over a car that will already be plenty quick enough for most people.
As well as being cheaper to buy, this new V6 model is also much cheaper to run. With the standard six-speed manual gearbox, it will average 25mpg, but if you specify the optional PDK semi-automatic 'box that comes with an engine stop-start system (standard on the Panamera 4), the average economy climbs to more than 30mpg and CO2 emissions drop to just 218g/km.
Just because this is the cheapest Panamera, you won’t be short-changed on equipment. Without having to tick a single box on the options list, you still get bi-xenon headlights, front- and rear parking sensors, heated front seats and touch-screen sat-nav.
What’s it like?
For a car that weighs almost one and three-quarter tonnes, even this ‘basic’ V6 Panamera is a pretty quick car, capable of hitting 60mph in 6.3 seconds (the PDK-equipped car is half a second quicker than the manual car). The difference between this and the V8 cars is not so much that it feels appreciably slower, more that you need to work it harder to achieve the same performance.
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