When manufacturers punt a car as “made for women”, alarm bells go off in my head. More often than not, “made-for-women” cars mean less aggressive styling, lacklustre engine performance and more emphasis on “softer” aesthetics.
This global consensus that all women are mother figures concerned with boot space and extra compartments is wearing a bit thin.
Porsche South Africa has answered numerous women’s calls to swop their drab soccer-mom mobiles for a sexier car by introducing the Panamera.
When you hear the word Porsche, you think of a racy red coupé with oodles of power.
Those with families will like that the Panamera is still very much a Porsche, except it’s one for the whole family.
Porsche launched the Panamera Gran Turismo – their first family sedan with four doors – earlier this year in the form of the sportier and naturally aspirated V8 model with 294kW of power and the 368kW supercharged derivatives.
The latest model, the Panamera and Panamera 4, has been added to the line-up and has a 3.6-litre V6 engine under the bonnet.
It is specifically aimed at moms – or dads – who need to play the role of a taxi driver when doing school runs and extra-mural activities.
It’s practical for everyday use, yet sporty enough for long-haul holiday trips.
The all-wheel-drive, V6 entry-model still kicks out rewarding performance figures for the inner-racer with 220kW of power and 440Nm of torque, but it’s a much more comfortable drive compared to the more powerful models within the range.
The torque is less intimidating but easy enough for anyone to handle and still reaches illegal speeds of over 200km/h.
The interior has a classy touch, and the buttons in the cockpit and centre console are all self-explanatory.
The boot leaves ample room for bulky school bags, sports gear or dad’s golf bags.
The Panamera 4 comes standard with the Porsche double-clutch gearbox (PDK), auto start/stop to help minimise fuel emissions, and 19-inch tyres with optimised roll.
It also offers three driving modes: comfort, sport and sport plus.
So while this is tagged as a female-friendly family wagon, it is still a beast of a car.