2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo: Yin to Gridlife’s Yang

The world is full of clutter, be it visual, aural, or physical. Nowhere is that more true than at an event like Gridlife. Make no mistake, we love the all-encompassing car culture events, but when you reach a certain age of, ahem, maturity, it’s easy to get to the point of too-much-of-a-good-thing. That fact made the Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo the perfect car to take to Gridlife South at Road Atlanta because it served as a respite to the constant chaos, yet also fit in with the enthusiast scene.

Any regular reader knows we quite fancy the latest Panamera. It feels luxurious inside, yet not soft. Its ride is supple, and the interior is awash with creature comforts, all easy to find via the large center console screen. Even getting in the Panamera offers an extra level refinement with soft-close doors and trunk — you just have to close them hard enough to reach the first latch. The Turbo Sport Turismo offers plenty of space inside for the first and second row, as well as cargo room in back. A little too much, even, as I wish Porsche made the Panamera a couple inches shorter.

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