Beside the Cayenne, the Panamera is probably the most comfortable Porsche in the history of... Porsches to ever roam the streets. We're not only talking about the suspension setup alone but about the whole package. Even though as we mentioned before our test car wasn't equipped with the optional adaptive air suspension, all Panameras come with electronically-controlled dampers (PASM) in standard.
In other words, the driver can choose between three separate damping modes, depending on his mood and, of course, driving style. Although “Sport”, “Normal” and “Comfort” modes are available, the system continuously monitors the road conditions and automatically switches to the right mode if necessary. The cute thing about it is that it switches back to the one the driver has chosen as soon as the road conditions and driving style allow it.
For example, if you switch it to “Comfort” but after a while you start driving like you're on a fast lap on the Nurburgring the system will automatically switch to “Sport” mode. The opposite thing will happen if you're in “Sport” mode and the road transforms from smooth silk to a paved nightmare for your kidneys. Fancy stuff!
As far as the seating goes, the Panamera is close to perfection. There is no way that a longer trip will tire its passengers no matter the road conditions. Our colleagues from Inside Line even managed to put one of their videographers to sleep (not in the veterinary sense) while cruising at over 150 mph on the Autobahn. If that doesn't mean comfortable to you, we don't know what does.Continue reading