November 25th, 2008

Porsche Panamera: what’s it all about?


Over the last few months we have seen many pictures of the Porsche Panamera but they have all been under pre-production Hannibal Lecter masks. Finally Porsche have ripped the sheets off their four-door grand tourer and I don’t really know what to think about it.

I can’t make my mind up about what I think about the looks of Porsche’s new family member.  The front of the Panamera reminds me of a Corvette crossbred with a frog, the back is an example of what a 911 would look like with love handles, and the side… well that looks like a crazy contraption only a Middle Eastern Sheikh could dream up.

Maybe I am being a bit too harsh. I didn’t like the looks of the Cayenne when that first hit the internet but now I love its muscular stance, especially the GTS. One thing that I am sure won’t disappoint is how the Panamera drives. With a selection of either a 300hp V6 or a turbo charged 500hp V8 under the hood, in conjunction with Porsche’s seven-speed, PDK Double-Clutch Gearbox and four-wheel drive on the turbo model, it should handle as well as all the other cars in Porsche’s line up. To keep the environmentalists at bay, Porsche is preparing a particularly fuel-efficient version of the Panamera with hybrid drive for the buyers who like playing golf and then growing their own organic vegetables.

To be honest I am not the kind of guy to buy a car like the Porsche Panamera, I don’t play golf, I don’t have kids and I don’t really get this new breed of cars. I am sure my views on it’s looks will change when I see it in real life. But if you are the kind of person who does like the Panamera, it will be making its world debut in spring 2009 and the first models will be at dealers worldwide in late summer of next year.