"Its Perfect: A 'Plus size' 911 for the American driver!"5.0 starson by hgeorgek
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.
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