Porsche’s latest Panamera is an outstanding contender in the luxury sedan segment.

There are few joys greater in life than getting behind the wheel of a truly exceptional vehicle. Well, that’s how we motorcar enthusiasts feel anyway. When we at FACT magazine found out we were to receive the keys to the 2021 Porsche Panamera compliments of the outstanding team at Porsche Centre Bahrain, we knew we were in for a treat. However, having test-driven many exceptional Porsche models over the years, the bar had been set very high and we were excited to find out how the new Panamera stacked up against them.

As soon as the 2021 Panamera came into view it was obvious it has a sharper visual appearance and greater presence than ever before. The front end is now equipped with the previously optional Sport Design, complete with distinctive air intake grilles, large side cooling openings and an adapted single-bar front light layout. Additionally, the light modules of the dual front lights are now set much further apart. At the sides, the powerful yet sleek lines of the new Panamera flow effortlessly from front to back with the 21-inch wheels, available in 10 different designs, adding to the robust stance of the vehicle. The sides-sills and rear spoiler lip are finished in the exterior colour, creating a distinctive contrast against the high gloss black finish of the front air intakes. The rear light strip has been revamped and now runs seamlessly over the luggage compartment lid with an adapted contour, gracefully linking the two newly designed LED tail light clusters to create a single element. The exhaust system is harmoniously integrated into the newly designed rear apron, with the eyecatching diffuser fins rounding it off in style.

As we slipped inside the cabin of the new Panamera, we were greeted by loads of space as well as the supportive, eight-way adjustable comfort seats that can be easily adapted to the needs of the driver and front passenger. The overall feel of the interior is one of ambience, with all materials, trimmings and finishes being of the highest quality. The optional panoramic sunroof adds to the already spacious feel of this luxury sedan as does the ample head, shoulder, and leg room available throughout. The luggage compartment can hold 495 litres, a total that increases to 1,334 litres with the rear seats folded down. The new Panamera is now equipped with sports type C USB ports as standard and can be used to charge compatible devices with a power of up to 15 watts.

The cockpit has been ergonomically orientated towards the driver, giving it a genuine sports car feel. The new multifunction sports steering wheel feels great in hand and comes complete with shift paddles and a rim finished in smooth leather. The driver is offered almost unlimited assistance by the Porsche Communication Management System (PCM) which incorporates new digital functions and services including Voice Pilot online voice control, Risk Radar, Radio Plus or wireless Apple CarPlay. The range of Porsche Connect services has now been extended to include a multitude of assistance features especially designed to ensure your driving experience is as easy and impressive as possible.

Once out on the roads, we had the privilege of experiencing what this remarkable vehicle has to offer under the bonnet. Our Panamera houses an impressive V6 biturbo engine complete with petrol particulate filter. It has a maximum power output of 243kW at 5,400 – 6.400rpm and a maximum torque of 450Nm at 1,800 – 5,000rpm. This translates to an acceleration of 0–100 km/h in around 5.5 seconds and believe us when we tell you that this motorcar can move! Boasting a steel suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), this car effortlessly absorbs the bumps of any and all terrain it encounters and ensures one comfy ride for all occupants. With a premium braking system, great traction control and exceptional manoeuvrability, we enjoyed every moment of our new Panamera experience and spent as much time as we could putting it through its paces.

The expert designers at Porsche have made sure to incorporate a wide array of safety features to ensure you and your loved always arrive safely at your chosen destination. These include Lane Keeping Assist including road sign recognition, Adaptive Cruise Control, Night Vision Assist, Lane Change Assist, Park Assist including Surround View, Head-up Display, multiple airbags and so much more.

All-in-all we found the new Panamera to be a great inclusion to Porsche’s legacy and we highly recommend that anyone looking to purchase an aesthetically pleasing, technologically advanced, performance orientated and practical vehicle give it a try. ✤

“The cockpit has been ergonomically orientated towards the driver, giving it a genuine sports car feel.”