Spotted: Porsche Panamera manual
Fancy a stick-shift super-saloon? This Panamera represents a rare opportunity if so...
I thought they were taking the piss at first, but after a few miles it was clear that the stick-shift saloon was actually a complete hoot.
On my return I begged Porsche GB to spec a manual for the press fleet and one duly appeared six months later. It's the connection between these two events that leads me to the conclusion that I had something to do with its arrival. I know - tenuous at best.
It's a rare old beast, but for me it works. It's not as fast as a Turbo, but it makes a much better noise and it's still got 400bhp. Think E39 M5 performance, plus a little bit more, and you'll get the idea.
For going to places far away, very fast, the Panamera remains at the top of my list.
PORSCHE PANAMERA S
Engine: 4,806cc V8
Transmission:6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Torque (lb ft):368@3,500-5,000rpm
First registered: 2011
Price new: £78,221
Yours for: £54,990
I love the Panamera. The haters are talking out of their hats.
I love the notion of a manual one, too.
And so you think you were responsible for making Porsche UK decide on their press car spec policy eh? Who are, Lord Harry Metcalfe? You'll be taking credit for the next generation 911 next..
A quick look on the Porsche website reveals the cheapest approved used Panamera to be a 2010 manual S at £50k with a low 9517 miles. They are very dear secondhand compared to, say the new Jaguar XJ which seem to represent astonishing used value at the moment.
That is a £24-30k test of faith in the word of the Harris and a true believer will show that they still believe he is the truth and the light by buying this manual Panamera! Amen