When the original Cayenne was released in back in ’03 there was screaming in the streets. 911 owners all over the country were infuriated that their brand of choice was being tainted, and that Porsche would stoop so low as to offer an SUV to customers. They didn’t think about how insanely profitable the Cayenne would be for Porsche or how much money it would allow the automaker to put toward development of new sicker cars like the latest special edition 911 Turbo S creations, but they certainly expressed their outrage. They did so for years, even after the market began to get used to the high-end SUV, and then the Panamera came out. This abomination of a vehicle was like a stretched out 911 and nobody heard a peep from the Porsche purists. Perhaps it was because the Cayenne already conditioned them to different vehicles, or maybe a stretched car just isn’t as bad as an SUV. Either way, the Panamera has been a successful vehicle ever since it’s release, and the 2018 Panamera 4S builds on what was good about the first model, while making it much, much better.

2018 Porsche Panamera 4S

Visually Enhanced

The original Panamera has an odd roofline that looked out of place on a Porsche. That’s not the case any longer with the 2018 Panamera. It has a sloping roofline that makes it look like a longer 911 and it’s actually very attractive to look at.

Crazy Power

No this Panamera isn’t pushing 700 HP like the new 911 Turbo is, but the 4S offers 0-60 times in just 4.0 seconds thanks to the powerful twin-turbo 2.9 liter V-6 with a total of 440 HP and 405 lb.-ft. of torque. It’s a real powerhouse that manages top torque at less than 2,000 RPM and it keeps providing the power up through 5,500 RPMs giving it very satisfying performance characteristics. When you decide to spend a bit extra to toss the Sports Chrono package on the Panamera 4S you’ll enjoy a top speed of 179 MPH and a car that doesn’t redline until 6,800 RPM. It’s a beat of a machine and there’s no doubt that it would be a fun track car as well, even with its longer proportions.

One downside that some people will find with the 2018 Panamera 4S is the lack of a manual clutch. It only comes with a highly capable 8-speed PDK transmission, which is ideal for performance and smooth operation, but not so ideal when you want the feel of a real manual transmission. It does come outfitted with a set of paddle shifters though, giving you some control over the smooth-as-silk transmission that’s a real pleasure to drive around.

This car looks beautiful, it handles admirably and it comes equipped with all the features and power that you would expect of a capable Porsche vehicle. That’s exactly why it’s going to sell well for Porsche and why so many executives and high-end car buyers will want one.