The 2021 Porsche Panamera is an influential vehicle with refined handling, dynamic engines and an eye catching body style. But how does it stack up against the 2021 Audi S8, a car which is highly regarded for its dual turbo V8, state of the art cabin and superlative performance?
Design & Style
The Audi S8 is a flagship sedan that features four doors with a number of upgrades such as an improved suspension, enhanced brakes and a powertrain which is punchier than its predecessors. This combined with its comfortable leather seats that provide back massages and its high resolution infotainment screens make it a vehicle that is sought after by many but afforded by few.
The Porsche Panamera also comes with four doors and its trunk has been expanded to hold more cargo. It is exceptionally agile due to its array of powertrain choices, which include both a dual turbo V8 and hybrid. The steering has been revised so that it is even more responsive and a diffuser has been added near the exhaust outlets. It also has the ability to recognize traffic signs automatically.
Technology & Safety
The Panamera is packed with all sorts of safety tech, which includes night vision, emergency automated brakes, lane management and frontal impact alerts. This combined with its numerous airbags, blind area monitoring and cruise control ensures that passengers will have peace of mind when operating it even in adverse weather conditions. Amenities within its cabin include Apple CarPlay, twelve inch touch displays, Wi-Fi, ventilated seats and climate control which covers four zones.
The Audi S8 has most of the features found in the Panamera, including pedestrian detection, automated emergency brakes and notifications when departing lanes. It also has cruise control with a limited ability to operate autonomously, and luxuries within its cabin include a Bang & Olufsen sound system with seventeen speakers, the choice of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, Wi-Fi, and ventilated seats covered in stitched leather.
The Audi S8 is a force to be reckoned with. It comes with a V8, 4 liter engine that can generate 563 horsepower with 590 pounds of torque, which enables it to accelerate from zero to sixty in 3.2 seconds. The Porsche Panamera is also powered by a V8 engine that can generate 473 horsepower which enables it to accelerate from zero to sixty in 3.2 seconds.
The Bottom Line
Although both cars are tied when it comes to 0 to 60 acceleration time, the Panamera has superior top speed (186 mph versus 155 mph for the Audi), and the S8 guzzles too much fuel, which makes the Porsche Panamera the winner.
Ready to Schedule a Porsche Panamera Test Drive Today?
If you are interested in experiencing the luxury package that the 2021 Porsche Panamera offers, you can test drive this stellar car with us at Porsche of Princeton. We are located in New Jersey and proudly serve car buyers in the Tri-State area. Drop by our showroom today or simply call us in advance to book a Porsche Panamera test drive appointment.
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