2017 Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel UK Edition
Welcome to the brand new Porsche Panamera 4S!
This is a beast of a machine. Few cars would be able to keep up with a 4S Diesel driven hard and according to Porsche it’s the fastest diesel on the planet.
The headline numbers are a impressive - The 4S diesel develops 416bhp and 850Nm of torque from an all-new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8. It’s paired to an eight-speed PDK automatic gearbox and four-wheel drive, which combine to slingshot the 2.1-tonne four-door saloon from 0-62mph in 4.2 seconds and on to a top speed of 178mph.
Optional extras include a new three-chamber air suspension, all-wheel steer and a clever cruise control system that takes into account speed limits, bends and inclines to provide the most efficient cross-country transit.
Moving inside, there’s been a wonderful amount of upgrading! Although you still get the traditional analogue rev counter in the centre of the instrument cluster, a pair of configurable 7.0in screens now flanks it.
Those in the back will be pleased thanks to plenty of legroom and a more than adequate amount of headroom. If you’re feeling generous you can even treat them to a set of £2,285 massage seats.
While the potential economy (and more to the point, 600+ mile cruising range) makes the 4S Diesel seem like the best version in the range, the slightly cheaper petrol 4S is worth thinking very carefully about. Not only is it a little faster but the lighter engine allows it to handle even more sharply. Take a closer look.