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