2018 Porsche Panamera vs. 2018 Tesla Model S

Lots of words have been used to describe the 2018 Porsche Panamera, including gorgeous, spellbinding, powerful and fast. It is all these things and more. But it faces off against the Tesla Model S, an elegant, futuristic vehicle that has formidable acceleration and a cabin which is relaxing and quiet. Which of the two cars is the champion?

Design & Style

The Tesla Model S has a style that is all its own. It hasn’t changed much from previous editions, but it doesn’t need to. It has a fastback structure with a frame that is sleek and low. It is definitely more futuristic than its competitors but doesn’t overdo it. A flat panel which is rounded can be seen in front, with door handles made from chrome that can extend or retract when needed. The latest edition of the Panamera retains its sexiness. It is a head turner, plain and simple, with a smooth, aerodynamic outline that makes it clear this car was built for speed. Its overhangs have been shortened, while its haunches have been reinforced. The rear features LEDs red in color which wrap around the back elegantly.

Technology & Safety

Both cars are state of the art in terms of safety features and interior amenities. The Panamera comes with emergency automatic brakes, all-wheel drive, warnings regarding forward collisions and rearview cameras. It also has cruise control which is adaptive along with lane control. Within the cabin, drivers have endless options regarding customization. The upholstery is top of the line, with infotainment screens that are 12.3 inches, navigation that is baked in, parking sensors and nineteen-inch wheels. The Tesla Model S spares no expense in its safety features or luxuries. Those who drive it will be protected by monitors for blind spots, a rearview camera, self-driving functions, and an infotainment screen that is 17 inches. It also has ignition which is keyless, power windows that are one-touch activation, adjustable seats with memory, and connectivity for Wifi and ambient lighting that uses LEDs.


The Tesla Model S is electric and powered by an engine that produces 193 kilowatts, the equivalent of 259 horsepower. The most powerful version, the P100D, can take the car from zero to sixty in about three seconds. The Porsche Panamera is also extremely powerful, with base models coming with a V6, 3-liter engine that can produce 330 horsepower. The Turbo Edition has a V8 and can go from zero to sixty in around 3 seconds.

The Bottom Line

The Panamera and Tesla Model S are extremely close in terms of performance, safety and interior amenities. Unfortunately for Tesla, it is still a newcomer to the market and has some work to do if it wishes to match the more established Porsche. Access to the back seat of the Model S isn’t that great, nor is the continual updates which change features, so the Porsche Panamera wins.

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Feel how it is like to drive a luxury car offering the total package like that of what the 2018 Porsche Panamera offers. You can drive this stellar car here with us at Manhattan Motorcars. We are located in New York, and we are servicing the needs of car buyers in the Tri-State area. Visit us today at our showroom or call us to book your Porsche Panamera test drive appointment in advance.

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