There are several variants of the family-friendly Panamera sedan from which to choose, (eight to be precise) including the standard Panamera, the sportier Panamera S, the AWD Panamera 4 and 4S, the turbo-charged, ultra-sporty Panamera GTS, the Panamera S Hybrid, and the Panamera Turbo and Turbo S. The base Panamera sedan has a starting MSRP $75,200 which is a very reasonable starting price for a luxury vehicle. The priciest 2012 Porsche Panamera, the Turbo S model, has a starting MSRP of $173,200. For this review, we'll focus on the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid, which has a starting price of $95,000. This may seem like a high price, but Porsche claims (because of its power and fuel economy combination), that it's the most economical Porsche ever built.
Unlike the Porsche 911, which in most variants is stripped down to the bare essentials to focus on speed and power, the Panamera S Hybrid is much more luxurious. However, we must note that many noteworthy optional features are pricey and can add up very quickly. As far as standard items go, the Panamera S Hybrid boasts such features as a leather -trimmed steering wheel and seats Porsche Stability Management, adaptive air suspension, Bluetooth compatibility, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, advanced airbags, Roadside Assistance Program, LED lights and a CDR-31 audio system that includes a 7-inch color touchscreen display with ten speakers and MP3 compatibility. Optional packages include: a Comfort Package, a Comfort Plus Package, and a Sport Chrono Package Plus. Optional features are numerous and include: Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, heated front and rear seats, Lane Change Assist and Blind-Spot-Detection, sunblinds, front and rear ParkAssist, a Voice Control System, HD and Satellite radio, Porsche Rear Seat Entertainment, and a Bose audio System.