The 2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo sedan is much better equipped than most of the iconic Porsche 911 coupe models, which are stripped of some comfort and technology features to focus on power. Inside the Panamera, however, you'll find all of the amenities, including a premium BOSE Surround Sound audio system with AutoPilot and a subwoofer, along with 14 speakers, Porsche Communication Management with TFT 7-inch color display, a particle/pollen filter, tinted heat-insulating glass, a Sports steering wheel, smooth finished leather seats with leather accents throughout the cabin, and heated seats.
The Panamera Turbo is also well-equipped with both active and passive safety features, which include an electric parking brake, ParkAssist, several airbags (including knee airbags), and side impact protection.
As far as power is concerned, the 2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo is ahead of the pack. It achieves zero-to-sixty in only 4.0 seconds (3.8 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Turbo Package) and boasts a top track speed of 188 mph due to its 4.8-liter V8 engine that produces 500 horsepower and PDK 7-speed automatic transmission.
This Panamera has a starting price of $136,700 and is eclipsed only by the sportier 2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo S, which has a starting price of $173,200. We think it's completely worth this value given all of its amazing standard features and gorgeous style.
The Porsche Panamera is a family-friendly Porsche sedan. It will attract buyers that have never considered owning a Porsche due to their insistence on driving a family-friendly luxury vehicle.
The 2012 Porsche Panamera Turbo sedan features very unique exterior styling which some buyers might not find attractive. We think it fits in nicely with the rest of the Porsche lineup, however. Overall, its look is an elongated, aggressive one.
This Panamera achieves fuel economy ratings of 15 mpg city/23 mpg highway, which are impressive considering its power but still leave us wanting more in this current age of high fuel costs.