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    Edmunds: 2010 Porsche Panamera 4S Full Test and Video

    I guess they liked itSmiley

    This car lit up our test track, hitting 60 mph in 4.6 seconds (4.3 with 1 foot of rollout like on a drag strip) and blitzing the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds at 105 mph. This is astonishing acceleration considering the Panamera 4S weighs 4,237 pounds and packs only 400 hp. In this class, performance in the low 4s and high 12s has been the exclusive domain of the 500-plus-hp club, which includes the BMW M5 , Cadillac CTS-V and Mercedes E63 AMG .

    The Panamera 4S also circles our skid pad at an incredible 0.96g, sprints through our slalom at 68.4 mph and stops from 60 mph in just 109 feet.

    With the exception of the Panamera's awesome skid pad number, which is simply light-years ahead of anything else on the planet with four doors, only the last BMW M5 we tested can match or come close to the Porsche's test numbers. This might give the impression that an M5 could keep up with the Panamera 4S on a mountain road.

    Well, it can't. And neither can any other four-door you can think of, including anything else with AMG or M on its deck lid.

    How can we be so sure? Because we've driven this Panamera 4S hard through the Santa Monica Mountains, a place even big, high-performance sedans face with dread. We ran our usual route, including Piuma, Stunt and Mulholland. We even ran it with wife and kids aboard to get the full sedan experience. Trust us: This is one of the fastest cars in the world when you're in a real-world setting.

    But that awesome speed isn't the Panamera's most impressive performance feature. Instead it's the ease in which it allows you to reach and sustain those speeds that gets you. This car is easier to drive at 9/10ths of its ability than a BMW M5 is to drive at 7/10ths of its ability. It's so composed, so not scary at extreme velocity, that backing off is always a matter of choice, not fear.

    Your fear, that is. As we found out, by the time Piuma Road turns to Stunt Road, your wife and kids will be screaming for you to slow down.

    But you won't, because the Panamera 4S is just too fun and too easy to drive way too fast. Instead you'll keep the pace up and enjoy the Porsche's crisp, intuitive steering action, its incredible brakes, its surprisingly good visibility (the big space between the mirror and the A-pillar is there for a reason) and the way its air suspension (even in the stiffest Sport Plus setting) soaks up midcorner bumps better than any car you've ever driven.



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    Re: Edmunds: 2010 Porsche Panamera 4S Full Test and Video

    Amazing performance ^^ , just imagine if it looked as good as it performs (like the magazine photoshop), it would have really been the car to take porsche to the next level. 

    Re: Edmunds: 2010 Porsche Panamera 4S Full Test and Video

    I just clicked on your link and played the video, the 1st thing they say    -   is

    "It's UGLY, it's HUGE, and it has 4 doors"  

     everyone on the planet (almost) thinks the same thing , thanks to wendell and his arrogance Porsche missed a huge oppurtunity to expand into a real luxury car company. Lets see how it plays out and if new management will have a redesign quickly.

    Re: Edmunds: 2010 Porsche Panamera 4S Full Test and Video

    Just a heads-up for those who have access to CNBC television, they appear to be doing a feature on the US-market introduction of the Panamera today.
    Just saw a brief intro film on "Squawk on the Street".





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