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Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« on: February 08, 2013, 06:30:49 am »


The Panamera GTS is a demonstration of how well Porsche can do anything, in this case, a luxury sedan that Tom and his wife fall in love with.
 
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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2013, 07:54:00 am »
No any Panamera this morning...Even the only owner I know down the street. 

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2013, 08:02:49 am »
This car is in the same league as weird vehicles like Honda Element and Fiat 500. In what department? You bet it - it's a just four passenger car.

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2013, 09:06:09 am »
I was one of those people that wasn't to keen on the PP but have grown to like it somewhat. It does seem that the car has some great driving merits as expected but has some ergonomic flaws. I wonder is this is just a cultural thing and/or a bit of arrogance from Porsche regarding other markets. No cup holders but plenty of ashtrays ?

Glad you mentioned what I have noted many times:
"Would I buy this car? For this money, probably not. You could buy a nice 911 and a nice SUV for this price, and get the best of both worlds. "

If I was in this snack bracket, I'd be tempted to purchase a Tesla model S as it has a better look to me as opposed to looking like a limo version of a 911.
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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2013, 09:13:53 am »
If I had $150k to spend on a family sedan this would be it right up there with the Maserati Quattroporte

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2013, 09:32:12 am »
If I had $150k to spend on a family sedan this would be it right up there with the Maserati Quattroporte

Agreed, although obviously never likely spend $150k on a sedan.

If I had a $150k to spend on cars, I'd buy a Cayman S and an E350 4matic wagon.  But for those who's actual budget for 1 sedan is $150k (aka they already have an SUV, 2-door, etc), there aren't many more compelling 4 doors.

S7/S8, 750i, S63, etc...

I think I'd choose the Porsche.

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2013, 09:36:05 am »
If I had $150k to spend on a family sedan this would be it right up there with the Maserati Quattroporte

Agreed, although obviously never likely spend $150k on a sedan.

If I had a $150k to spend on cars, I'd buy a Cayman S and an E350 4matic wagon.  But for those who's actual budget for 1 sedan is $150k (aka they already have an SUV, 2-door, etc), there aren't many more compelling 4 doors.

S7/S8, 750i, S63, etc...

I think I'd choose the Porsche.

It would be a nice decision to have and it's hard prognosticating without the actual money in hand. I think it would probably be a tough decision...all those cars seem so awesome from my meager pay-grade. 

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2013, 09:42:49 am »
I saw one of these in.... brown.  ???

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2013, 09:48:31 am »
If I had $150k to spend on a family sedan this would be it right up there with the Maserati Quattroporte

Agree completely.  I think I'd come down on the Porsche side of the fence, but it would be close.  It definitely does not suck to actually face such a dilemma!

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2013, 09:55:55 am »
If I had $150k to spend on a family sedan this would be it right up there with the Maserati Quattroporte

Yup, same here.  I've always been a fan of the Panamera.  It would be a really tough decision choosing this or the Quattroporte! 

Btw, that Panamera in red looks hawt!!!!
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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2013, 09:56:25 am »
It's funny how much the Panamera has grown on everyone. I, like many others were very hard on it (both as a Porsche purist and for the looks) but now the looks have grown on me AND I l like it as a car in the Porsche lineup.

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2013, 10:14:11 am »
If I won the lottery this would be the car I'd buy.  Love everything about it. 

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2013, 10:25:53 am »
If I had $150k to spend on a family sedan this would be it right up there with the Maserati Quattroporte

Yup, same here.  I've always been a fan of the Panamera.  It would be a really tough decision choosing this or the Quattroporte! 

Btw, that Panamera in red looks hawt!!!!


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I'd love to be in a position to debate which $150,000 car to choose for my daily commute. But the Panamera would be right up there. It's been around a few years and it's aging very well.

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2013, 10:34:38 am »
I'll join the flock with a me too for the Panamera. Performance-oriented sedans make so much sense to me in the real world – comes down to style preferences and personal bias between performance and luxury. For 150 I like the Porsche sedans over the other Germans...although I would go for a spin in the S63 before deciding. I'd also shop a more base Panamera against the CLS, S7 and that new BMW gran coupe.
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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2013, 11:31:35 am »
While the car is technological marvel and the drivetrain is amazing, the looks just kill it for me. For this kind of money, and for some upper crust hoonery, Id take an AMG CLS63......and permanently shut the TC/ESP off  ;D
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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2013, 11:35:22 am »
Not a great picture from my BB...but here is my dad's.  The PDK transmission is mind-blowing.  It's no wonder the manual transmission's days are numbered!  The way it blips the throttle on down-shifts and barks would never get old.

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2013, 11:36:32 am »
While the car is technological marvel and the drivetrain is amazing, the looks just kill it for me. For this kind of money, and for some upper crust hoonery, Id take an AMG CLS63......and permanently shut the TC/ESP off  ;D

I'm the opposite.  I love the looks of the Panamera and would take it in a heartbeat over a AMG CLS63.  The AMG wouldn't even be a consideration. 

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2013, 11:37:00 am »
Not a great picture from my BB...but here is my dad's.  The PDK transmission is mind-blowing.  It's no wonder the manual transmission's days are numbered!  The way it blips the throttle on down-shifts and barks would never get old.

Nice!!!!!!!

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2013, 11:42:28 am »
Not a great picture from my BB...but here is my dad's.  The PDK transmission is mind-blowing.  It's no wonder the manual transmission's days are numbered!  The way it blips the throttle on down-shifts and barks would never get old.

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Re: Test Drive: 2013 Porsche Panamera GTS
« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2013, 11:49:34 am »
Not a great picture from my BB...but here is my dad's.  The PDK transmission is mind-blowing.  It's no wonder the manual transmission's days are numbered!  The way it blips the throttle on down-shifts and barks would never get old.
Nice car Dad has. Must be nice to be able to park anywhere, like over a sidewalk and thumb yer nose at a fine. ;)
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