On my last article about Dad estate cars I got an awful lot of comments and messages asking why I didn’t include the Porsche Panamera in the list of the best estate cars.
Well as I explained to many many people I’m not the biggest fan of the Porsche Panamera. At all. In fact, I don’t like it at all, and here’s why…
The Porsche Panamera was realised in late 2009 and was classed as a ‘Four Door Supercar’, apart from the fact that it is not a Supercar. A Sports car yes, but no way is it a Supercar
As far as I’m concerned, the Panamera’s looks have never been there. At all. The Panamera is by no means a good-looking car, it’s come a long way since it was launched almost 10 years ago back in late 2009. The 2018 Panamera looks a million times better than the 2009 version.
As Top Gear said, “the Porsche looks like its just been found at the bottom of a lake after 2 weeks, and the Maserati is the man who threw him there”.
The 2018 Panamera is an ok looking car. I say that loosely. I think that Porsche should stick to designing Supercars, Sports cars and Hyper cars.
Many years ago, Porsche designed a prototype 4 door supercar called the 989. I think we can all agree it was for the best that they didn’t put it into production.
The Panamera is a long car, and weirdly shaped. That means if you choose the saloon boot space is compromised. The story is exactly the same with the Vauxhall Vectra hatchback, the Mercedes CLSs, the Audi A6 saloon. Due to the weird back shape the boot space is made smaller. Especially as the Panamera is not a tall car.
Because of the high boot lip, getting stuff in and out of the car is made harder especially if they are heavy. The load lip is very likely to get scratched and damaged as things will be pushed and balanced on there.
The Panamera has a long boot, not a high boot which is good if you have ski’s or Golf clubs, but bad if you plan on taking the family on vacation. You can’t stack up items like you can in a normal car.
One of the biggest issues with the Panamera is that there is no noise. Porsche first introduced the Panamera with a 4.8L Twin-Turbo V8 developing 500 Horsepower. And there was not a peep from the engine.
For me this is a big issue with Porsche. Porsche go on about how amazing and sport and super their cars are, but they make no noise. A Supercar isn’t a Supercar unless it makes a noise so loud it shatters nearby windows.
Even in a tunnel that Porsche V8 does nothing. In terms you’d get more noise out of a Diesel Skoda. It’s disappointing. The Panamera was let down by its styling, then it didn’t even have a Supercar noise to help it.
A lot of people like the Panamera and that’s fine. I don’t have a problem with that. But I don’t like it. I will happily admit that it is a fast car, because it is. But, to me styling matters a lot. A big reason why people buy cars is because they look good.
The Panamera doesn’t deserve to be classed as a supercar to me. It doesn’t create that Supercar sense of occasion and to me that is one of the essential ingredients for a Supercar. Supercars MUST create a sense of occasion the Panamera just doesn’t.
To me the Panamera is like a traditional English Breakfast, it has the Bacon, it has the Beans, it has the Sausages and it has the Toast but its missing one of the main ingredients, The Egg, and without the Egg it isn’t a true FULL English Breakfast, and without the Noise the Panamera isn’t a TRUE Supercar. One of the most vital ingredients in a Supercar is the noise, and that’s missing from the Panamera. Without the noise it’s not complete. Its not a Supercar.
Any car can be fast, but it has to create a sense of occasion to be a Supercar.
And that’s why I don’t like the Porsche Panamera. ..
and don't even get me started on the Mansory Panamera.