Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Porsche Panamera 4S

Five-Point Inspection: 2014 Porsche Panamera 4S

1. Speed!

For 2014, Porsche put childish things away, and by that we mean the V8. In its stead, you get a twin-turbo V6 that makes more power and uses less fuel. Imagine that.  Still, it’s hard not to look back at the V8 model with a pang of early-onset nostalgia. You might say we’re crying “boo-hoo” over saying “buh-bye” to the “bwah bwahs” the old engine used to make.

But with 420 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque at your disposal, the powertrain is difficult to criticize. The biggest downside is that there’s a slight lag before the boost kicks in. Look out once it does, because your right foot has some powerful propulsion play with.

Specifically, Porsche says the car will hit 60 mph from a standstill in 4.6 seconds or 4.3 with the Sport Chrono package for $1,330. That might not be necessary, but there are a few options you shouldn’t skip. More on that later.

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