Panamera offers a range of trim levels defined by the engine lurking under the hood.
The base Panamera is equipped with a 310-horsepower 3.6-liter V6. Even with the least powerful engine in the range, it can manage the zero-to-60 mph dash in as few as 5.7 seconds.
The Panamera 4 adds all-wheel drive to the equation. Despite the extra weight, acceleration to 60 mph drops by .2 seconds.
Twin-turbochargers push the 3-liter V6 to 420 horsepower. It takes only 4.9 seconds to reach 60 mph.
Adding all-wheel drive to S doesn't impede progress to 60 mph in as few as 4.3 seconds.
Panamera 4S Executive
The Executive was developed for markets like China, where customers prefer chauffeur-driven transport. The stretched wheelbase provides limousine-like dimensions for rear seat passengers. The extra weight does diminish acceleration, somewhat—it might take as long as 4.8 seconds to reach 60 mph.
The GTS graduates to Porsche's 440-horsepower 4.8-liter V8. Sixty mph is now reached in a scant 4.2 seconds.
The Panamera Turbo engine is a formidable contender producing 520 horsepower and a 0 to 60 mph time of 3.9 seconds.
Panamera Turbo Executive
"Executive" is Porsche's terminology for long-wheelbase. Though slightly ungainly in looks, this stretched sedan is as fast many purpose-built sports cars.
Panamera Turbo S
The Turbo S ups the horsepower ante to 570. You'll reach 60 mph in a breathtaking 3.6 seconds.
Panamera Turbo S Executive
The ultimate Panamera transports rear-seat passengers in comfort and nearly unbelievable speed.