Panamera ST combines power and comfort

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The dashing 2017 Porsche Panamera delivers on both luxury and comfort — yet still drives uncannily just like a Porsche sports car.

Testing the wheels, the stunning Sport Turismo definitely gave a lingering feel of powerful performance in the air.

From the first moment of stepping on the pedal, it won drivers over with its effortless acceleration and power.

The Panamera no doubt drives like a sports car and like the best sports cars, it makes fast feels slow.

The real magic of the second generation Panamera rests under the hood.

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Even for the entry-level form, the three-litre V6 petrol engine produces a power of 243kW and can accelerate up to 180km/h in five seconds.

The car is a beast when it needs to be and a calm comfort within seconds.

Driving down the Rimba highway the Porsche is incredibly quiet and all through the cabin, the interior boasts beautifully sculpted leather seats, a superb steering with interior controls are elegant and well-designed.

Aesthetically, the Panamera is elegantly smooth in its design and proudly carries the Porsche heritage forward.

On the outside, the front end of the Sport Turismo has a sharper look, giving the model more presence and aggression.

It shares distinctive design cues of the refreshed Porsche 911 including the aerodynamic monoline and LED light strip running between its tailights.

Moreover, from the rear end, the new model may look like a wagon but it is the first Panamera with a 4 +1 seat concept.

The Sport Turismo also recieves a unique design from the B-pillar back and powerful shoulders to match its sporty character.

Furthermore, a wealth of standard technology and safety features are added to the Porsche value.

The Panamera is equipped with technology that lets smartphones double up as navigation and entertainment devices.

This includes a brand new 12.3-inch infotainment system screen that is fast and easier to control.

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As for safety features, the Panamera is equipped with standard full deck of active safety features including Lane Change Assist, ParkAssist including reversing camera and Night vision Assist, among others.

Members of the public who want to test drive the Porsche Panamera can visit QAF Eurokar’s headquarters in Beribi.

The Bruneian