We started off on the track in Comfort mode as our turbo Panamera taxi roared off. Over rough pavement (still much better than typical Michigan roads), the Panamera maintained a remarkably smooth ride for a car with such high performance capability. Tracking through corners, there was some noticeable body roll in this mode. At the end of the first lap, the driver switched over to Sport Plus mode and then did a couple of hot laps.
For a 4,300-pound car with four adult males aboard, the Panamera felt like it was definitely capable of matching Porsche’s performance claims of 0-62 mph in just 4.2 seconds. The Sport Plus mode snubbed out roll effectively and kept the body parallel to the ground while still not being too punishing.