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The Mercury Cars Guide : June 27th 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au unleashes a tour de force buttons surrounding the gear lever that group according to function. It all looks very busy and compli- cated, but a short time in the car is enough to learn the basics and make the adjustments second nature. It doesn’t take long at all after turning the ignition key to answer the second question. The Panamera is a Porsche worthy of the badge. At just a tick under two tonnes and There are no second-class seats in the Panamera. Everyone goes first-class ‘ for rear passenger comfort. The strategy works. As program director Michael Steiners says: ‘‘There are no second- class seats in the Panamera. Every- one goes first-class.’’ ’ There is good leg and knee room, a general feeling of adequate space, but finding somewhere to put your feet without wedging them under the low-set front seats is a problem. All the test-drive cars were fitted with heated/cooled leather seats, but that is going to be on the options list for Australia, at least in the S and 4S. The trims were a mix of woods and GOOD TO GO: The Porsche Panamera and goes through its paces. INSET: The luxurious interior. technical surfacing, and in most cases suited the cars. The car is impressively quiet and there is no need to raise the level of conversation above normal tones, even when the Panamera is slipping along the Autobahn at 200km/h. There is generous boot-space for a couple of mid-sized suitcases plus some soft luggage. With the rear seats folded down, two golf bags would not be a problem. The overall impression is not one of Bentley-like plushness, but rather of an up-market racer. The saving grace for that may be that those who own this car are likely to be driving it rather than riding in the back — and your mate is not going to complain too loudly if you are driving them around town. From the perspective of the front seats, the cockpit feel is very much that of the 911. There is the tradition- al five-dial dash display, everything is easily to hand and, as Berning admits, there were many lessons taken out of the Cayenne experience. ‘‘Let’s call that [the Cayenne] a first attempt and maybe we went too much to an SUV,’’ he says. ‘‘That is why we have invested so much time and money into the interior of the Panamera.’’ Porsche had elected not to follow down the path of a centralised com- mand centre for adjustments to the entertainment, car settings, naviga- tion, etc. Instead there is a string of almost five metres long, there is no disguising that it is a big car. The first glance out over the bonnet confirms that. Judging just where the corners are makes for a testing first few minutes — but settle in, tickle the Panamera out on to the road, and it is all good news. With a near-perfect 52:48 weight balance and steering feel that wouldn’t be out of place in a 911, the Panamera will earn plenty of friends as a driver’s car. In the two naturally aspirated models the pick-up is good, and in the turbo it is breath-taking. It is a bit of a shame that the gorgeous exhaust burble has been tamed to the extent that a push- button active-exhaust function (op- tional) is necessary to get a truly throaty note from the car, but that is only a minor irritation in a car that is, after all, aimed at a market that supposedly values refinement with their serving of sportiness. A more serious irritation is the size of the B-Pillars, which, coupled with the small rear window, make the blind-spot check when lane- changing more difficult than it should be. However, the bottom line is that the Panamera seems to have succeeded where many have failed. Here is a genuine Gran Turismo that can bring a smile to those both in the front and in the rear. 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