Want a Panamera but can’t afford the price of admission for an S, 4S or Turbo version? You’re in luck then, because U.S. Porsche dealers began getting deliveries of the V6 flavored models late last week. The base model V6 starts at $74,400, and the Panamera 4 V6 (with AWD) starts at $78,900.
You won’t be showing taillights to V8 Panameras, but you’ll still be able to hold your own against most sedans. Zero to sixty in the AWD version is slightly faster, and will happen in 5.6 seconds if you opt for the PDK dual-clutch gearbox. Even the base Panamera with a manual transmission isn’t bad, getting to sixty in about six seconds flat. Top speed on both versions is right around 160 miles per hour, plenty fast enough to lose your license on this side of the pond.
Lower cost aside, the V6 is lighter and has better fuel economy. The rear drive Panamera is rated at 18 mpg city and 27 mpg highway, while the AWD version gets an amazing 18 mpg city and 26 mpg highway. With a difference of just one mpg on the highway, the Panamera 4 is clearly the way to go if you can swing the extra $4,500 cost of AWD.