Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2012 Porsche Panamera VS 2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost Near Phoenix, AZ

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2012 Porsche Panamera

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2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Porsche Panamera are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Rolls Royce Ghost doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Panamera offers all wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Ghost doesn’t offer all wheel drive.

Both the Panamera and the Ghost have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Warranty Comparison

The Panamera’s corrosion warranty is 6 years longer than the Ghost’s (10 vs. 4 years).

There are almost 8 times as many Porsche dealers as there are Rolls Royce dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Panamera’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Panamera third among large premium cars in their 2011 Initial Quality Study. The Ghost isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Porsche Panamera is faster than the Rolls Royce Ghost:

Panamera S

Panamera Turbo


Zero to 30 MPH

1.8 sec

1.2 sec

1.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

4.6 sec

3.3 sec

4.7 sec

Top Speed

176 MPH

193 MPH

154 MPH

As tested in Road & Track the Panamera Turbo is faster than the Rolls Royce Ghost:



Zero to 30 MPH

1.2 sec

2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.4 sec

4.7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

5.5 sec

7.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

8.4 sec

10.2 sec

Quarter Mile

11.7 sec

12.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

118 MPH

114.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera S Hybrid gets better fuel mileage than the Ghost (22 city/30 hwy vs. 13 city/20 hwy).

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





18 city/27 hwy



16 city/24 hwy


Turbo V12/Auto


13 city/20 hwy



18 city/26 hwy



16 city/24 hwy


Turbo V8/Auto

15 city/23 hwy


Regenerative brakes improve the Panamera V8’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Ghost doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Panamera’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Ghost doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Panamera S4/Turbo’s standard fuel tank has 4.6 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ghost (26.4 vs. 21.8 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Panamera Turbo


Front Rotors

16.4 inches

16.1 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 Ghost doesn’t offer ceramic brake rotors.

The Panamera stops much shorter than the Ghost:



80 to 0 MPH

196 feet

209 feet

Road & Track

70 to 0 MPH

158 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

113 feet

119 feet

Road & Track

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction and acceleration, the Panamera has larger standard rear tires than the Ghost (275/45R18 vs. 255/50R19). The Panamera’s optional rear tires are larger than the largest rear tires available on the Ghost (295/35R20 vs. 285/40R20).

The Panamera S’ standard 275/45R18 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ghost’s standard 50 series tires. The Panamera’s optional 255/40R20 front and 295/35R20 rear tires have a lower 40 series front and 35 series rear profile than the Ghost’s optional 45 series front and 40 series rear tires.

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. Rolls Royce doesn’t offer an active suspension on the Ghost.

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Panamera is 1.4 inches wider in the front than the track on the Ghost.

The Panamera Turbo 4 handles at 1.00 G’s, while the Ghost pulls only .84 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Panamera goes through Road & Track’s slalom 11.1 MPH faster than the Ghost (71.2 vs. 60.1 MPH).

The Panamera S performs Car and Driver’s emergency lane change maneuver 9.3 MPH faster than the Ghost (69.1 vs. 59.8 MPH).

The Panamera Turbo 4 executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.9 seconds quicker than the Ghost (24.4 seconds @ .81 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .72 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Panamera’s turning circle is 4.7 feet tighter than the Ghost’s (39.3 feet vs. 44 feet). The Panamera’s turning circle is 6.6 feet tighter than the Ghost Extended Wheelbase’s (39.3 feet vs. 45.9 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Porsche Panamera may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1200 to 1550 pounds less than the Rolls Royce Ghost.

The Panamera is 1 foot, 5 inches shorter than the Ghost, making the Panamera easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Ghost doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is standard on the Panamera. The Ghost doesn’t offer a navigation system.

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