Porsche Panamera: First Drive
Flawless multi-lane freeways enclosed by mountains, the picturesque scenery provided the only reprieve from the tunnel vision induced by the recurring features of the road. Merging lanes, white arrows, exit signs, repeat. But then this was also the perfect surrounding when you are behind the wheel of a Porsche whose engine in the ‘front’ is pushing out a monstrous 500 plus horsepower via 8-cylinders and two bellowing turbos. What we are talking about here is the new second generation Porsche Panamera which just got regionally launched in Oman.
Coming to the car, in the realm of premium sports cars, Porsche takes a back seat to no one. But when it comes to back seats, Porsche isn’t the first marque that springs to mind. Every person geeked on cars knows that premium sedans with generously proportioned aft quarters hail from the likes of Rolls-Royce, Mercedes, Audi, Jaguar, and BMW. Porsche builds light, agile two-passenger sports cars, right?
Keeping the 911-stretch limo jokes aside, the sales graphs from Porsche clearly indicated the Panamera as one of its highest selling models after the hugely popular Cayenne and with the second generation model, which gets a host of changes including the much awaited larger wheelbase variant, the numbers are sure to rise. Of the six variants present, we got behind the new V6 3-litre biturbo, the 4S Executive with the extended wheelbase and the mental turbo.