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The Porsche Panamera is more car than you'll ever need

This 2017 Porsche Panamera 4S Diesel is a beauty with beastly behaviour.

IF I HAD the money I’d buy…

A sports car and luxury saloon rolled into one ultimate car. A car can not just cover large distances effortlessly but do so at a blistering pace. One that is not only practical but pretty too with a premium badge and plenty of kerb appeal. I’d buy a Porsche Panamera.

Why a Porsche Panamera?

The Porsche Panamera is a saloon that looks sporty and athletic with a taut roof line that makes it appear more like a two-seater.

But don’t let its beauty fool you – on the road, it is a beast with eye-watering pace and performance. And yet it is practical too with it four doors, four seats and a boot that can hold up to 1,304 litres. It is about as complete a car as you could ever need.

What’s special about this particular one?

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This particular model is the Panamera 4S Diesel, which is powered by a mighty 4.0-litre V6 unit making 422hp. This propels the Porsche from 0-100km/h in a blistering 4.5 seconds or 4.3 seconds with Launch Control.

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It looks slick finished in black on black on black, with those large 21-inch Turbo Design alloys with full colour crests. The car also has rear privacy glass. It is packed full of extras like LED main headlights with matrix beam including Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus), 14-way power front seats with memory package, Park Assist including reversing camera, adaptive air suspension including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and rear-axle steering including Power Steering Plus.

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But wait, there’s more! It also comes with the Sport Chrono Package which sees it get a mode switch on the steering wheel for selecting driving modes Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual. You also get a Sport Response button for activation of performance-oriented engine and transmission setups.

What does it look like in action?

Watch to the end just to see that rear spoiler in action *bites back of hand*. Phwoah!

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Who else drives one?

Don’t let it put you off that Lindsay Lohan,  Kanye West and Chris Brown drive Panameras. Lots of cool people do too, including King of Cool Kiefer Sutherland, Jim Carrey, Reese Witherspoon, Gwen Stefani, Mark Wahlberg and Matthew Perry from Friends.

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It costs €189,995. What else could you get for the money?

Got your heart set on a Porsche? You could also have this Macan Turbo for a chunk of change less.

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Looking for another high-performance four person luxury motor? For the same money, you could have this Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe.