First Look: 2010 Porsche Panamera

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Finally, we have the first official information and photos from Porsche of its all-new four-door Panamera GT. The car has been widely anticipated by driving enthusiasts and Porsche fans for well over a year, with a healthy bit of criticism directed at its design.

The Panamera is 195.7 inches long — 7 inches longer than a Porsche Cayenne SUV but 10 inches shorter than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. It represents a new subsegment in the luxury class: A four-door sports car that will arrive at dealerships this spring.

Surprisingly, Porsche is outfitting this new rear-wheel-drive halo car with both a powerful V-8 engine and a less-powerful V-6 option. There aren’t specific trim-level specifications yet, but the company says power will range from 300 to 500 hp. There will be a six-speed manual transmission as well as an optional seven-speed PDK or double-clutch transmissions. The top trim will also be available with all-wheel drive.

No matter what the Panamera is packing, all the talk is going to be about its looks. From straight-on it’s probably the most radical design the company has given any of its cars’ trademark front ends, yet it’s still recognizable as a Porsche. The profile, however, is where the love/hate for the car’s design will come into play. Even from the rear, the hatchback four-door looks good.

Of course, you can find more pictures below, along with comments on what we’re sure will be a hotly debated new car.

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By David Thomas | November 24, 2008 | Comments (13)
Tags: Porsche

Comments 

Red

I'd rather have the Passat CC, or better yet Ford should bring back the Taurus SHO, because that's what this car is copying.

Jules

I like it. Truly is a perfect blend of coupe and sedan.

J

If I want a Citroën, I wouldn't be looking at a Porsche dealer.

Bloke

J, while I think you just throw names out there without any idea what you are talking about, I agree that this is not the great design I had envisioned Porsche coming up with. To me there is just a lack of a that "smooth" design quality that usually typifies a Porsche. The headlights don't do it for me, and the tail is just so so. To me it looks more like a compacted Cayenne as opposed the ultimate sport sedan I was hoping for. I couldn't have afforded one anyway.

Rex

@Red

I agree the Passat CC mimics a Mid-90's Taurus or a squished roof Infiniti J30. To me this Porsche Panamera looks like a elongated 911 with the engine in the wrong place.

WestPhillyForever

It really just looks almost kinda sorta like what a limo company would have created to offer a 911 limousine and I don't like it. However, one thing I've learned about Porsche is that even their designs that I "don't like" grow on me and ultimately I wish I had one. I expect this will be no different. Actually I can tell it's happening already.

RWS

If you remove the rear doors and shorten its length then you have a fairly decent looking 928s. The 4 door Porsche just looks too long and awkward from the rear doors to the hatch. Does anybody have any idea what its curb weight is?

J

Bloke,

Apparently you just want to jump on my back for whatever reason.

Just type in Citroën C6 in Google search for images, and you will see exactly what I am talking about.

Cj

Bloke = idiot

Anyway, the Panamera is going to get crushed by Lambo, Aston, and others 4 door supercars.

J,
The Citroen C6 is gorgeous, but you're right that it doesn't look like a $100,000+ car.


The Panamera doesn't look bad from the front 3/4 quarter or the rear 3/4 quarter for that matter, but the side profile kills it. Who wants a $100,000 hatchback? Masseratti, Lamborghini, and Aston Martin have got it right.

Bloke

J, I had looked at the C6, and boy do the front of those cars look exactly alike or what? I don't think a car looks just like something else just because it shares a similar side profile.
Cj, you know how to call it as usual. Your aspirations of being a legitimate car blogger are just coming closer and closer as you predict every future event in the automobile economy. Just keep singing the praises of every new Honda product.

Adrian

I must say I'm straddling the fence on this one. Like every new product, I'll reserve my final judgement for when I see it in person. I do like the headlights though. They kinda sorta remind me of the Carrera GT. Given the probable price on this thing, I'd rather pick up a 1-2 year old low mileage Cayenne and Cayman.

J

Bloke,

Okay, the Avenger also looks different from the Sebring in the front, so what?

I am trying to say that this design is not showing too much of Porsche's own design. Just slap a Porsche front end on a wagon looking car just doesn't work.

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