Several years ago, right as I started getting into Top Gear like it was a religion, Jeremy Clarkson’s review of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren as he raced it to Norway introduced me to an incredible concept for cars that almost seemed like a myth to me. He described the SLR as a car that could drive you to a race track in sheer luxury, set a mind-blowing lap time, and then drive you home comfortably. At the time, I couldn’t truly comprehend how a car that capable and versatile could exist (I was in middle school, give me a break). For me it seemed almost impossible for a single car to be able to fly at a race track and still be comfortable, refined, and friendly to the spine everywhere else.
Recently I got that chance to sample such car in the form of the 2014 Porsche Panamera S, 4S, and Turbo. And I got to drive them in the city, on the highway, through the country, and around a race track.
Bradley thoroughly reviewed the 2014 Porsche Panamera lineup just a few weeks ago and did a fantastic job of explaining what it was like to drive the Panamera as you would every day. After reading that, you know it’s comfortable and quite easy to live with every day, which takes care of the first and third part of the everyday supercar formula. The purpose of this article, however, is to give you a sense of what it’s like to take a six-figure luxury saloon (or sedan) around a race track and why it proved itself as an everyday supercar.
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