Car of the Year 2010: No. 8 Porsche Panamera Turbo

  • Photo by Cordero Studios
    Photo by Cordero Studios
  • Photo by Cordero Studios
    Photo by Cordero Studios
  • Photo by Cordero Studios
  • Photo by Cordero Studios
  • Robert Ross and Paul Meyers

Peerlessly Bipolar
No one can accuse Porsche of not thinking out of the 911 box when it comes to packaging four sausage-fed Stuttgarters into a sedan worthy of the equine crest. Porsche acolytes either love the Panamera or hate it, though the majority falls into the latter camp. Indeed, the first Porsche sedan elicited from our judges more virulent remarks than has any car of late. No doubt the vehicle suffered from those prejudices that arise from lifelong 911 love affairs and the manufacturer’s previous forays into front-engined territory. Still, Porsche’s Frankenstein-like creation offers performance that challenges the world’s best sport sedans. Luggage capacity is not commodious, but for continental cruising, the Panamera has few peers. —Robert Ross

The Unpretty Porsche
While manufacturers such as Lamborghini and Bugatti have been busy teasing consumers with coupelike sport-sedan concepts, Porsche has sold or taken orders for more than 10,000 Panameras worldwide. Unfortunately, a number of this year’s judges failed to forgive Porsche for stirring it up in the style department, and those that did still felt a bit slighted by the rear-seat legroom. These quibbles were left behind, however, once our judges pressed the throttle: The Panamera Turbo had no difficulty justifying its designation. Despite its controversial exterior, the four-door Panamera is a serious sports car. More importantly, it is a bona fide Porsche. —Paul Meyers

[ SPECIFICATIONS ] Configuration Front-engine, all-wheel-drive sedan engine 4.8-liter turbocharged V-8 transmission 7-speed automated manual Power 500 hp at 6,000 rpm Torque 568 ft lbs at 4,500 rpm (sport package) Curb Weight 4,343 pounds Zero to 60 3.8 seconds (sport package) Top Speed 188 mph Base Price $132,600 Porsche, www.porsche.com

Watch the Car of the Year 2010: No. 8 Porsche Panamera Turbo Video

From Around the Web...
From a hybrid to a hot rod, these models rate a perfect 10 in our book…
The 911 Turbo is one of the most capable and well-rounded sports cars on the market…
Photo by Darin Schnabel © 2016 RM Sotheby’s
The very first Cobra ever made, Carroll Shelby’s personal car will cross the block in Monterey…
The launch of the new XE is as monumental for Jaguar as the dramatic Rocky Mountains…
Photo by Julien Brightwell
The British shop’s Type 6 motorcycle is exhibited at Maximilian Büsser’s M.A.D. Gallery in Geneva…
The company’s founder was opposed to the idea of adding a supercharger to increase power…
A collaboration with bike-smith Walt Siegl, the singular cycle will promote Yurman’s new collection…
The car, which can go from zero to 60 in 2.7 seconds, will reach a top speed of 250 mph…
Richard Kim shares why the 1,000 hp concept brings sexy back to alternative mobility…
From a NASA-nuanced rocket to a roadster in remembrance of 9/11, these bikes are brilliant…