Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Porsche Panamera S

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Porsche Panamera S

3. A case for boost addiction

The new twin-turbo V6 feels very powerful. Step on the throttle and after minimal amounts of lag, the Panamera launches itself down the road. Although the output numbers are similar to the E-Hybrid, the Panamera S feels much faster thanks to its lighter curb weight. It is not exactly a featherweight, but starting at just 3,990 lbs, and weighing in as tested at closer to 4,500 lbs., the Panamera S is almost as light as the base Panamera with the non-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6.

This drivetrain can launch the car from 0-60 mph in 4.9 seconds, or even 4.6 seconds with the Sport Chrono package. As well, top speed is significantly increased compared to the base Panamera as this car can reach 178 mph top speed.  The turbocharged V6 engine is all the power that is needed in the Panamera, but then again no one needs a Panamera so those paying the premium to drive this car may want to go for even more power and performance. Plus, the V6 turbo cannot match the glorious sound of the V8.