Porsche Panamera D: Capital D

How fast does this thing go?” asks Panna Singh, who owns the roadside dhaba, looking at the Panamera, somewhere on National Highway 8 in Rajasthan. “On an open stretch, it can do 240kph,” I say. “Did you say 240?! That’s how fast aeroplanes fly, isn’t it?” he replies with an incredulous expression.

Panna Singh and most others living outside urban India rarely, if ever, see sports - and supercars in the league of Porsche, Aston Martin and Ferrari. The primary reason being that their massive engines burn 97-octane petrol, which is next to impossible to find anywhere apart from select fuel pumps in the metros. And they burn this fuel so quickly that they need a pump like that every 400km. Plus there’s always the risk of uneven tarmac ripping up the underside of these cars.