Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2011 Porsche Panamera VS 2011 Audi S6 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2011 Porsche Panamera

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2011 Audi S6

Safety Comparison

The Panamera has standard parking sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or, optionally, in front of the vehicle. The S6 doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Panamera and the S6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Panamera third among large premium cars in their 2010 Initial Quality Study. The S6 isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in initial quality, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Porsche vehicles are more reliable than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Porsche first in reliability. With 72 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 26th.

Engine Comparison

The Panamera Turbo’s standard 4.8 turbo V8 produces 65 more horsepower (500 vs. 435) and 118 lbs.-ft. more torque (516 vs. 398) than the S6’s 5.2 DOHC V10.

As tested in Car and Driver the Porsche Panamera is faster than the Audi S6:

Panamera S

Panamera Turbo

S6

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

3.3 sec

5.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

11.2 sec

8.2 sec

12.7 sec

Quarter Mile

13.2 sec

11.7 sec

14.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

109 MPH

119 MPH

95 MPH

Top Speed

176 MPH

193 MPH

155 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera gets better fuel mileage than the S6:

Panamera

S6

RWD

V6/Auto

18 city/27 hwy

n/a

V8/Auto

16 city/24 hwy

n/a

AWD

V6/Auto

18 city/26 hwy

n/a

V8/Auto

16 city/24 hwy

n/a

Turbo V8/Auto

15 city/23 hwy

14 city/21 hwy

V10

The Panamera S4/Turbo’s standard fuel tank has 5.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the S6 (26.4 vs. 21.1 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Panamera Turbo’s optional brake rotors are larger than those on the S6:

Panamera Turbo

S6

Front Rotors

16.1 inches

15.2 inches

Rear Rotors

13.8 inches

13 inches

The Panamera offers optional heat-treated ceramic brake rotors, which last ten to twenty times as long as conventional cast iron rotors, don’t rust, don’t fade during repeated high speed braking, and their lighter weight contribute to better braking, handling and acceleration. The S6 doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Panamera stops shorter than the S6:

Panamera

S6

80 to 0 MPH

204 feet

209 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

166 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

119 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction and acceleration, the Panamera has larger standard rear tires than the S6 (275/45R18 vs. 265/35R19). The Panamera’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the S6 (295/35R20 vs. 265/35R19).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Panamera offers optional 20 inch wheels. The S6’s largest wheels are only 19 inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Panamera offers an available adjustable active suspension system, which counteracts cornering forces actively, limiting body roll and improving handling and stability. Audi doesn’t offer an active suspension on the S6.

The Panamera has a standard automatic front and rear load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Panamera’s height leveling suspension allows the driver to raise ride height for better off-road clearance and then lower it again for easier entering and exiting and better on-road handling. The S6 doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Panamera’s wheelbase is 2.8 inches longer than on the S6 (114.9 inches vs. 112.1 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Panamera is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than the track on the S6.

The Panamera’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (54% to 46%) than the S6’s (59% to 41%). This gives the Panamera more stable handling and braking.

The Panamera Turbo 4 handles at .97 G’s, while the S6 pulls only .87 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Panamera Turbo 4 goes through Road & Track’s slalom faster than the S6 (69.1 vs. 68.4 MPH).

Chassis Comparison

The Porsche Panamera may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 150 to 600 pounds less than the Audi S6.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Panamera S is quieter than the S6 (44 vs. 48 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Panamera has .6 inches more front legroom and .4 inches more rear headroom than the S6.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Panamera’s available rear seats recline. The S6’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Panamera has a standard power rear cargo door, which opens and closes completely automatically by pressing a button on the key fob. The S6 doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Panamera offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The S6 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

Unlike the driver-only memory system in the S6, the Panamera offers an optional passenger memory, so that when drivers switch, the memory setting adjusts the driver’s seat, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster), outside mirror angle, climate settings and radio stations and the front passenger seat also adjusts to the new passenger’s preset preferences.

The Panamera’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The S6 does not have an oil pressure gauge.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are standard on the Panamera to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The S6 doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Panamera offers an optional rear wiper. The S6 doesn’t offer a rear wiper.

The Panamera’s optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The S6 doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Panamera offers optional rear seat controls for the radio which can play a separate audio source. The S6 doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

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