2014 Porsche Panamera: First Look

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  • Competes with: Audi S8, Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG, BMW Alpina B7, Fisker Karma
  • Looks like: A longer, even more awkward version of last year's Panamera
  • Drivetrain: 3.6-liter V-6, 3.0-liter bi-turbo V-6, 4.8-liter V-8 or plug-in hybrid; seven-speed PDK automatic or eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmissions
  • Hits dealerships: Late 2013; Turbo models in early 2014
  • MSRP: $79,075-$162,075, including destination fee

Porsche is updating its controversial Panamera sedan for 2014, giving it some slightly revised front and rear styling and adding a few new models — the total number of offered trims is now nine. Joining the lineup is a new plug-in hybrid, called the Panamera S E-Hybrid, replacing 2013's conventional hybrid sedan. Joining the plug-in Porsche are two new extended-wheelbase models, which stretch the car a full 5.9 inches between the wheels, affording rear-seat passengers a considerable bump in legroom.

By Aaron Bragman | April 3, 2013 | Comments (6)

Cars.com Podcast: Porsche Panamera

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This week’s podcast is a bit like the classic Pink Floyd album “The Wall,” especially considering the line, “If you don’t eat your meat, you can’t have any pudding.” In the case of this week’s podcast, you’ll have to listen to our editors discuss last week’s mileage challenge and how it came together before you’ll hear about Mike Hanley’s seat time in the full line-up of the new Porsche Panamera.

You can check it out in iTunes here or just hit the play button below.

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By David Thomas | October 26, 2009 | Comments (1)

First Look: 2010 Porsche Panamera's Interior

09PP1 It’s been a couple months since we got our first glimpse of Porsche’s all-new four-door Panamera GT. Today, we finally get a peek at the interior and also find out more about powertrains, trim levels and pricing.

The Panamera will comfortably seat four. There’s a wide center console spanning the cockpit that also bisects the rear seats, providing storage and air for the rear passengers.

Practicality makes a rare appearance at Porsche, as the Panamera can carry a group and their cargo at the same time. The trunk has 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is more than a comparatively sized BMW 5 Series and about equal with a Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The rear seats also fold down.

By Colin Bird | February 13, 2009 | Comments (8)

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.

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

Now: Porsche Panamara Teaser; Real Thing Months Away

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We’re used to getting teaser photos from manufacturers trying to generate hype for a new model. We ran such shots of the 2010 Mustang last week, for example. They showed small parts of the car, but nothing that would give away its overall look.

This morning comes Porsche’s attempt at such a tease. The Panamara Gran Turismo is the first four-door Porsche sedan ever produced, and it will go on sale in the fall of 2009. It won’t even be fully unveiled until next spring, we’d guess at the New York auto show or beforehand, online.

The image shows the front end of the car, but it’s the car’s full profile that is the most distinguished part of the Panamera GT. The front end is much more reminiscent of Porsche’s current lineup, which is deliberately present in the photo. A larger version is below.

Porsche has also launched a microsite on the web for potential owners to sign up and get updates. 

By David Thomas | September 15, 2008 | Comments (7)

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