Since its inception, Porsche has been synonymous with superior-handling sports cars that were built to tame the winding, hilly roads of the German countryside. The company has had extraordinary success in various motorsports, including Road Racing, Formula One, Indy cars and Le Mans. Currently, it is the largest race car manufacturer worldwide.
Porsche’s history has also been long intertwined with that of Volkswagen. Porsche designed the fabled Beetle in 1938, one of the most successful automobiles in history. In the late 1960s, the two companies collaborated on the development of the Porsche 914, and again in early 1980s on Porsche’s 924 and 944, all to great success. The companies officially merged in 2011.
Over the years, Porsche also independently developed its own exceptional lineup of sports cars, most notably the legendary 911, which has dominated racetracks and rally courses since it was unveiled in 1964.
In 2009, Porsche finally broadened its two-door sports car lineup by introducing its first full-sized luxury sedan, the Panamera. With a strong resemblance to a stretched-out 911, the sleek cruiser offers a seemingly limitless list of options, including soft-close doors, ventilated massaging seats, power rear sunshade, and touch-sensitive dashboard controls.
Panamera can be had with a variety of engine configurations: V-6, supercharged V-6, turbocharged V-6 diesel, V-8, twin turbocharged V-8 and hybrid. The horsepower ratings range from 330 to 462, and all engines are mated with an 8-speed automatic. For extra backseat room, an executive model is also available.