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Porsche expertly mixes sportscar fun and sedan practicality in Panamera Turbo

11 Aug 2017

PORSCHE has managed to maintain its position as one of the top premium sportscars brands on the market thanks to its iconic 911 and critically acclaimed open-top Boxster and Cayman coupe.

However, with the expansion of brands including Mercedes-AMG and more offerings than ever from the boffins at Audi Sport, Porsche has had to diversify more than ever to stay at the top of the game.

The Stuttgart-based car-maker now caters to more practical buyers with the Macan and Cayenne crossovers, which make up the lion’s share of overall sales, and gives the brand two competitors in the booming SUV segment.

However, for those not yet convinced that a high-riding wagon is the way to go, Porsche also has its Panamera four-door luxury limo – which launched in second-generation guise in February.

Kicking off the range at $210,000 before on-road costs, the Panamera line-up is currently headlined by the Turbo variant costing $376,000 tested here.

With the aim of blending supercar-shaming performance with the comfort and practicality of a sedan, can Porsche buyers have their cake and eat it too with the Panamera Turbo?


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Model release date: 1 February 2017

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