Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Porsche Panamera S

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Porsche Panamera S

4. Sports car or luxury sedan?

Compared to the E-Hybrid or Turbo, the Panamera S feels light on its feet, but that feeling comes from more than just weight savings. The suspension calibration settings seem to allow for more rebound than in the GTS or Turbo which makes the S more predictable to drive, but can also make it somewhat jittery on poorly maintained roads when pushing it hard.

Our test vehicle came equipped with the optional 19-inch wheels wearing 255/45R19 tires up front and 285/40R19 in the rear. Although these tires provide ample grip, the car doesn’t have the glued to the road feel of sportier Panameras and can be upset by mid-corner bumps. The S is better dynamically than the base Panamera and E-Hybrid though, but that is it.


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