Video shows the new all-wheel drive Panamera Turbo in action - the model comes with a 4.8 liter, 8-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine with 500 hp coupled to Porsche's 7-speed double-clutch PDK transmission.

Racing legend Walter Röhrl likes the Porsche Panamera Turbo.

In the video Röhrl gives us a tour of the Panamera Turbo and then takes it for a nice, easy ride with a full load of passengers in tow. He says he's impressed with the efficiency of the 4.8 liter, twin-turbo, 8-cylinder engine with 500 hp and the smoothness of the 7-speed PDK double-clutch transmission.

That may be the PR division talking but it's hard not to recognize how unique this Panamera is as a 4-door sport coupe with the kind of luxury and technology features it comes with - features such as the Launch Control and a chassis control with rear-differential lock which help maximize performance.

Röhrl later takes the Panamera onto the track at Porsche Leipzig to show us how the all-wheel drive Panamera Turbo, which does the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 303 km/h, can handle itself on the track. In his expert hands, it looks real easy.

"I don't know of any other car that gets the balance between comfort and sportiness as right as the Panamera," says Röhrl.

He may be right but he's in a privileged position and most car enthusiasts won't ever get a chance to see it for themselves. They will have to settle for the web videos.


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