The 2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo is powered by a 4.8L Twin-Turbocharged V8 engine delivering 520 hp and a 516 lb-ft of torque, equipped with a 7-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission. The acceleration from 0-60 mph happens in 3.4 seconds and it runs thru a quarter mile in 11.8 seconds at a speed of 116.4 mph. The braking distance from 60-0 mph is 104 ft.
The Panamera steering wheel has no buttons at all, there is no volume control, it’s just a really good sports steering wheel. As for the layout, the Porsche doesn’t have a knob controls like some other cars do, instead you just have a bunch of buttons. A lot of people may find them intimidating at first, but there are really quite logical. The Panamera is fully loaded. It does not have a rear window sunshade, but it has side windows sunshades, heated and air conditioned rear seats. It is such a wonderful handling car.
The 2014 Audi RS7 is powered by a 4.0L Twin-Turbocharged V8 engine delivering 560 hp and a 516 lb-ft of torque. It is a brutal beastly engine tied to a fast shifting 8-speed automatic transmission, but it is not as fast as the dual-clutch. The reason why does it not have a dual-clutch, is because the Audi’s dual-clutch can’t handle the torque that this engine produces. The acceleration time from 0-60 mph is 3.2 seconds and it runs thru a quarter mile in 11.6 seconds at a speed of 120.4 mph. It is an all-wheel drive with 21 inch tyres. The braking distance from 60-0 mph is 101 ft.
Inside the Audi the first thing that catches your eye is the stretching of the seats. It’s not quite a diamond stitching, but the funny thing is that they do match with the grill at the front of the car. You also have striped aluminium impregnated wood which looks awesome. It is a great road car, but on the racetrack the Audi RS7 is not all sorted out, it’s not completely tight down and it’s not well balanced under power. It is not a great track car for an RS model. It has a too much body roll and a too much understeer when you push it hard. This car is designed to be comfortable up to 70-80 percent of it’s full potential, but when you push it to the limit it kind a falls apart.
As far as handling goes, the Panamera is on 20 inch wheels as opposed to the 21’s on the Audi, and as a result it really does ride better. They both have air suspension, but there is something just so tight down and wonderful about this Porsche chassis, when you hit a bump it doesn’t really upset the car the way you get too little upset in the Audi. As an opposite of the Audi, the Porsche Panamera doesn’t have extreme understeer under power and it has a reasonable balance, a way better than the RS7. On the road they are great cars, but if you put them on the race track, the Porsche Panamera Turbo is a better handling car.