On the surface, the Porsche Panamera and the Aston Martin Rapide looks to be set on an even playing field. But if you dig deeper behind the differences between the two, you’ll realize that the Panamera is just about a notch out of reach for the Rapide in some pretty critical performance elements - speed, power, and torque to name a few.

Autocar knows that a heads-up race between the two cars wouldn’t even be competitive so they decided to set a handicap. Whereas only one person will be on-board the Rapide, the Panamera will have four people inside of it, with the hopes that the added weight on the Panamera would be a fair compromise for the Rapide.

So they set out to do two separate time tests for both cars – one person on board the Rapide and four people riding the Panamera. Sounds like a fair fight, right?

Turns out, the added bulk in the Panamera didn’t make a difference.

The Porsche luxury sports car easily beat the Rapide’s time in the 0-60mph time, the 0-100mph time, and the 0-100-0mph time. And it did so pretty convincingly.

The Panamera scored times of 4.6 seconds (0-60), 10.6 seconds (0-100), and 15.8 seconds (0-100-0), besting the Rapide across the board, whose times of 5.6 seconds (0-60), 12.2 (0-100), and 17.6 (0-100-0) was far less competitive than we initially thought, especially the pretty significant handicap the Panamera was given.


Source: Autocar UK

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  (542) posted on 03.11.2010

Bring in the Godzilla too then this video will be more interesting. Considering that it has kicked Porsche’s butt twice in the Nurbugring track.

  (868) posted on 03.8.2010

Once again, you must consider more than pure performance when judging these cars. I don’t know about you, but with all things considered I’d much rather drive around town in the Aston.

  (806) posted on 03.8.2010

I don’t want to be bias or anything but I believe in the superiority of Porsche. My support is all through out with one of my fave car.

  (708) posted on 03.8.2010

well both car is excellent, and they both perform well and almost the same, now it’s up to the driver on how he will handle the tight curve and straight track.

  (1332) posted on 03.7.2010

well i like the panamera more, due to it’s new look and design, unlike the rapide it’s to bulky and weighs heavy. if you can see it skids a lot unlike the porsche.

  (868) posted on 03.7.2010

They say that form follows function but I think that the Panemera designers missed the boat a little when it comes to the form department.

  (238) posted on 03.7.2010

Rapide all the way. Ugly is a little harsh for the Panamera, but it’s definately not great looking.

  (92) posted on 03.7.2010

I think that both cars are fantastic. But I wouldn’t call the panamera "rather ugly"... I think that the porsche is very good looking and like they said, itis the more powerful one.... although, i wouldn’t throw the Aston martin out of my garage.

  (13) posted on 03.7.2010

I Agree with Uncia.....
but still i will say wht i feel tht both r too xpensive.....n too poor.....

  (868) posted on 03.7.2010

As I’ve said before, there are more things than pure performance numbers to consider. When comparing luxury sport sedans of this price and caliber, one must also take the elements of style and class into account, and in this department the Rapide is the clear winner.

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