The one thing diehard Porschephiles hate most is most Porsches. Over the past decade, the famed automaker added all manner of trucks and sedans to the lineup. First came the tot-toting Cayenne crossover, then the four-door Panamera, followed by the Macan cute-ute. Some argue those vehicles dilute the brand, but they do pay the bills, outselling the 918 supercar, Boxster, Cayman, and 911 nearly four to one.
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That sound you heard was the purists wailing. That aside, Porsche finally made the Panamera attractive, building a slightly stockier take on Ferrari’s wagon, the GTC4Lusso (if you really want to complain about these cars, start with the names). Beyond raising the roof line, Porsche worked to make the back half of the wagon extra practical. The backseats fold down nearly flat, and the tailgate is just two feet off the ground, for easy loading.
You can choose from one of the four powertrains already offered on the sedan version of the Panamera: a 3-liter turbocharged V6, a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V6, a 4-liter twin-turbocharged V8, and a hybrid setup that pairs a battery with the 2.9-liter. Pricing starts at $96,200 and goes up, up, and up as you add options and horsepower.
Whatever you pick, you’ll hit 60 from a standstill in at least 4.5 seconds, which probably isn’t enough to outrun the glare of the purists cursing your name