What is it?
No matter how challenging the concept of a four-door Porsche powered by a V6 powerplant, this entree into the Panamera range will be the global best-seller.
Half of all Panamera output will exit Zuffenhausen equipped with a 300bhp 3.6-litre six, effectively two cylinders lopped off the Panamera’s V8.
In the UK the V6 will make up a third of sales, largely because it lowers the entry-point into the Panamera range by £12k.
There are technical advantages, too. The lighter-weight V6 reduces the load over the Panamera’s nose by 30kg and shifts the engine’s C of G backwards, marginally-improving weight distribution to 52:48 front:rear.
The 300bhp output of the V6 is impressive, placing it above similarly-engined rivals, whose V6s tend to make between 240 – 270bhp. As a result the Panamera V6 records impressive-looking performance on paper.
What's it like?
The four-wheel drive Panamera 4, fitted with a seven-speed PDK ‘box as standard, holds the upper hand over the £5k cheaper, manual-as-standard two-wheel drive Panamera thanks to better steering and cornering stability. It also crosses white lines marginally better, although both our test cars were surprisingly unsettled by this everyday manouvre.