Spotted: Porsche Panamera manual

I don't know whether to take the credit or the blame for this one: but this Panamera exists largely because of a conversation I had with Porsche GB at the back-end of 2009.

Porsche lent me a manual Panamera 2S for a few days while I was shooting two stories.

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.

Moreover, if you're someone who wishes there was a super-saloon that still had a manual gearbox, this is the only car to fit those criteria.

For going to places far away, very fast, the Panamera remains at the top of my list.




4,806cc V8
Transmission:6-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
Power (hp):400@6,500rpm
Torque (lb ft):368@3,500-5,000rpm
First registered: 2011
Recorded mileage:10,672
Price new: £78,221
Yours for: £54,990


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  • Munich 03 Jul 2012

    George H said:
    No, you can have a manual M5 in America -

  • vinnie83 20 Jun 2012

    apologies, read my above post. I mistook the XKR for the XJR. smile

  • M666 EVO 20 Jun 2012

    vinnie83 said:
    M666 EVO said:
    Its slower than my XJR?

    Your XJR is slower than (insert any one of a number of irrelevant comparisons here).

    What's your point?

    A potential buyer for this car is unlikely going to be looking at an XJR. Likewise, a potential buyer of an XJR is unlikely to be looking at this car!
    Fair point, why would a potential buyer of a brand new Porsche be looking at a 10 year old Jag? Unless the focus was 4 seats, comfort and speed. Then I am still surprised the Jag is as fast. Nothing more. I take it the Turbo is a lot quicker?

  • Raize 20 Jun 2012

    Given the choice I'd go for a manual over flappy paddles. But perhaps my views differ from those of people who can actually afford a car in this segment. In fact, I'm almost certain they do.

  • vinnie83 20 Jun 2012

    kambites said:
    vinnie83 said:
    A potential buyer for this car is unlikely going to be looking at an XJR. Likewise, a potential buyer of an XJR is unlikely to be looking at this car!
    Really? Aren't they pretty much direct competitors?
    DOH! I had the XKR in my head! Apologies!

    But whilst on the subject, Jag XKR vs 911 carrera 2s - the Jag is a lot faster. 911 turbo vs XKR - porsche is faster, but a lot more expensive.

    Likewise with the Panamera I would think. The turbo is faster, but a lot more expensive too!

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