Ownership Verified: 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo S

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Whoops, didn't look at its tailpipes or the badging... :D Which is a good thing, meaning it's a relatively stealthy car.

Also, straight line speed is surely nice but I'd rather have a car that handles better than one that is faster in a straight line.
 

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Of course! As long as you prefer the 996.1 to the 996.2, that is. Oh, and you'd also need to at least tolerate the Aerokit/GT3 rear wing.
Dude tolerate? I live for the Aerokit on the 996.1.

FinalGear - properly derailing PYC threads since ever...
 

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some day I'll own a 996 or 997.. or 993 or 964.. or 70s or 80s 911.. or cayman 987 or 981

honestly, I could see getting a 996 or 997 and a 987.

But this 970.2 is my perfect primary car right now.
 

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I think these look better by the day.
I don't, the roofline and DLO treatment in the rear are horrendous. The second generation improved on both accounts massively.

Anyway congrats @rootrider for getting a car that looks great on the inside and is (probably - never had a chance to drive one) a blast to drive. Both are solid reasons to overlook stylistic shortcomings on the exterior.
 

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Whoops, didn't look at its tailpipes or the badging... :D Which is a good thing, meaning it's a relatively stealthy car.

Also, straight line speed is surely nice but I'd rather have a car that handles better than one that is faster in a straight line.
Ironic for someone named after a vehicle that can only run on rails :p
 

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What I can't get while riding a tram I need to compensate while driving a car. :p

And yeah, those old Czechoslovakian ČKD Praha KT4 trams do have quite decent acceleration for trams. But now I'm just derailing a thread (pun intended), again.
 

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track time on Saturday. The car is really fast.. but while the heavier weight isn't felt in the handling, the brakes still got too hot in the heavy braking zones. I had to back off earlier in those areas, but otherwise the car was great.
 

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Probably one of the few times a Turbo Panamera has been tracked. Awesome to see. It's on air suspension, right?
 

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yup.. air springs and adaptive dampers. From the factory, the car can be raised up almost an inch from the 'comfort' and 'sport' settings, and can be lowered down about an inch in the 'sport plus' setting.

It's hard to tell, but the car has over 6.5" of clearance at its highest, and is around 4.5" at its lowest.




The feeling of the car changes drastically. It feels like I'm driving two different cars, between comfort and sport plus. Obviously plenty of other things change.. throttle mappings, shift points and holding gears, dynamic sway bars, awd and traction control/stability control, electronically controlled mechanical rear LSD, etc.

Coming from an autocross event where I'm in sport plus the whole time, I switched it back to comfort for the drive home and it freaked me out. I had to put in sport for a while to slow the transition. The car was just too different and it threw me off.
 

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this is the only photo I currently have of the car on track. I'll get a couple of videos up at some point.
 

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went on a drive on Saturday with some friends and their Boxster Spyder and Shelby GT350.




 

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from a recent German Car Day at Griot's Garage monthly Caffeine & Gasoline event.

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