2020 Porsche Panamera vs. 2019 Rolls-Royce Ghost

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Safety

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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 optional Porsche Active Safe, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Ghost offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

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.

The Panamera’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Ghost doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

Both the Panamera and the Ghost have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available night vision systems, lane departure warning systems and around view monitors.

Warranty

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The Panamera’s corrosion warranty is 8 years longer than the Ghost’s (12 vs. 4 years).

There are over 5 times as many Porsche dealers as there are Rolls-Royce dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Panamera’s warranty.

Engine

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The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid’s 4.0 turbo V8 hybrid produces 74 more horsepower (677 vs. 603) and 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (626 vs. 620) than the Ghost Black Badge’s optional 6.6 turbo V12.

As tested in Motor Trend the Panamera 4S is faster than the Rolls-Royce Ghost (base engine):

Panamera

Ghost

Zero to 30 MPH

1.3 sec

1.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

3.8 sec

4.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

6.4 sec

6.8 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

9.9 sec

10.1 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

2 sec

2.1 sec

Quarter Mile

12.3 sec

12.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Panamera E-Hybrid running on electricity gets better fuel mileage than the Ghost:

MPGe

Panamera E-Hybrid

AWD

2.9 turbo V6 Hybrid

48 city/54 hwy

4.0 turbo V8 Hybrid

46 city/51 hwy

MPG

Ghost

RWD

36.6 turbo V12

12 city/18 hwy

On the EPA test cycle the Panamera running its gasoline engine gets better fuel mileage than the Ghost:

MPG

Panamera

RWD

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.0 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

2.9 turbo V6 Hybrid

21 city/24 hwy

2.9 turbo V6

18 city/26 hwy

GTS 4.0 turbo V8

16 city/23 hwy

Turbo 4.0 turbo V8

18 city/25 hwy

4.0 turbo V8 Hybrid

19 city/22 hwy

Ghost

RWD

6.8 turbo V12

12 city/18 hwy

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid can drive on battery power alone for up to 14 miles. The Ghost must run its internal combustion engine to move.

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Panamera Turbo/GTS’ fuel efficiency. The Ghost doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Regenerative brakes improve the Panamera’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it (mild regeneration on non-hybrids). 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’s standard fuel tank has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ghost (23.7 vs. 21.8 gallons).

Transmission

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The Panamera offers a standard sequential manual gearbox (SMG). With no clutch pedal to worry about and a fully automatic mode, an SMG is much more efficient than a conventional automatic but just as easy to drive. The Ghost doesn’t offer an SMG or a conventional manual transmission.

The Panamera’s optional launch control uses engine electronics to hold engine RPM’s precisely in order to provide the most stable and rapid acceleration possible, using all of the available traction. The Ghost doesn’t offer launch control.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Panamera

Ghost

Front Rotors

16.5 inches

16.1 inches

Rear Rotors

16.1 inches

15.8 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:

Panamera

Ghost

70 to 0 MPH

153 feet

164 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

101 feet

107 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Panamera has larger standard tires than the Ghost (F:265/45R19 & R:295/40R19 vs. 255/50R19). The Panamera’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Ghost (F:275/40R20 & R:315/35R20 vs. F:255/40R21 & R:285/35R21).

The Panamera’s standard 265/45R19 front and 295/40R19 rear tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series front and 40 series rear profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Ghost’s standard 50 series tires. The Panamera’s optional 275/35R21 front and 315/30R21 rear tires have a lower 35 series front and 30 series rear profile than the Ghost’s 40 series front and 35 series rear tires.

Suspension and Handling

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For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Panamera is 1.6 inches wider in the front than the track on the Ghost.

The Panamera Turbo handles at 1.00 G’s, while the Ghost pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Panamera Turbo executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the Ghost (23.9 seconds @ .86 average G’s vs. 26.3 seconds @ .72 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Panamera Executive’s turning circle is 7.2 feet tighter than the Ghost Extended Wheelbase’s (38.7 feet vs. 45.9 feet).

Chassis

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The Porsche Panamera may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 1200 pounds less than the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

The Panamera is shorter than the Ghost, making the Panamera easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:

Panamera

Ghost

SWB 4dr Hatchback

198.8 inches

214.8 inches

LWB 4dr Hatchback

204.7 inches

221.5 inches

For excellent aerodynamics, the Panamera has standard flush composite headlights. The Ghost has recessed headlights that spoil its aerodynamic shape and create extra drag.

The front grille of the Panamera uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Ghost doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Panamera offers available computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Ghost doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the Panamera Turbo is quieter than the Ghost (64 vs. 65 dB).

Cargo Capacity

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The Panamera has a larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Ghost (17.6 vs. 17.3 cubic feet).

The Panamera Sport Turismo has a larger trunk with its rear seat up than the Ghost (18.3 vs. 17.3 cubic feet).

The Panamera’s available rear seats fold to accommodate long and bulky cargo. The Ghost doesn’t offer folding rear seats.

Ergonomics

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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 Ghost does not have a temperature gauge.

The Panamera’s front and rear power windows all open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Ghost’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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

On extremely cold winter days, the Panamera’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the car heater warms up. The Ghost doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Panamera Sport Turismo offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Ghost doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Model Availability

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The Porsche Panamera comes in four door hatchback and station wagon bodystyles; the Rolls-Royce Ghost isn’t available as a station wagon.

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