Pros Fulfillment of its ambitious design brief in every possible way, with room leftover for surprises!
Cons Maybe a little more air from the AC (recent 106 degree days not a fair test) and a wee bit more tilt downward on the front edge of the seat. And yes the shifters. However: these are tiny nits answered only because the question is asked:
Summary I'm among the 80% of new Panamera owners who never considered a Porsche previously but who's ecstatically happy with my 2500 miles in the literally unique and extraoedinary Panamera 4s. To the "purists" who deride the look, I express the most surprise; the brief on this car is to carry 4 six foot three inch tall adults and their luggage (or 2 adults and 2 bicycles in the folded rear seats!) within a full size, four door sedan at 175 mph (not that I'd ever....), in extraordinary comfort in a strikingly beautiful and technological advanced cabin, and this they've done. The look wraps the achievement beautifully, and isn't that the essence of "Porsche"? They eschewed the "box with brand cues" approach of other luxury sedans (exception; new Jag, which I cross shopped in close call), and its presence on the street gives off a positive aura; people give it a thumbs up and I'm amazed at the comments. The Rapide went for beauty and is being panned on practicality. For Porsche the choice was simple, and the correct one for Porsche. It is also light weight, incredibly fast for (relatively) modest horsepower, yet gets no fuel guzzler tax and is an ultra low emissions vehicle. I grow more fond of it every day and sneak out to look at it often; it has late 40s sensibility to the side and rear view that is unique (having seen pictures of my Dad's 48 Ford!), yet the interior looks like a Ferrari of the future friends gasp on their first exposure to the interior (and at the cavernous height of the rear seat), that is after they have gotten over the size of this monster"Porsche" (20 inch wheels reinforce the impression). It will be around for a while; the machine is magnificent in every possible way.
"no actual reveiw"on by kcossabo
Pros Add at the start plays fine
Cons Video of the review does not play
Summary More time on getting content working, less on getting adds to work.
Pros The handling, acceleration, responsiveness and workmanship. The appearance takes a time to become accustomed to but thinking back, I owned a 1963 Alfa Romeo Veloce Sprint Coupe with a similar profile and this accounts for the attraction to the car.
Cons The hill-holder should be able to disabled when not needed much as the engine shutdown when stopped feature. The rear view mirrors could use some functional modifications to make the rear view to the sides a bit better.
Summary So far, I love the car for all the reasons that Porsche manufactures into their cars. This is my 5th Porsche and each of them from the 944, through the 911 Targa and Cab to the recently traded 993C2S had their own peculiar attractions. This Panamera, so far, has continued the reasons for owing Porsches. The much defiled shifters are different and yet with use become another feature of the machine that makes the Porsche line such a unique product. I have yet to try the maximum acceleration, but the amount that I have investigated has shown the potential is there. An interesting aside, while taking a short trip to the Jersey Shore on the GSP, the car turned in an impressive 26.5 MPG, of course being new I never exceeded 75 MPH but this trip did include about 25% city/suburban driving.
Pros Performance, safety,style, options.
Cons size, weight, no ability to play playlists from USB stick (only browse by MP3 metadata) , unable to recognize my Droid phone as an MP3 player.
Summary I own a Turbo. But the reviewer wrongly states that a couple of options are not available when they clearly are. The adaptive cruise control is a case in point.
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