Class or Crass: Porsche Panamera Gran Turismo Final build.
Motivation will be provided by a range of engines, beginning with 3.6-liter V6 putting out 300 hp, and continuing upwards with the 400 hp, 4.8-liter V8 Panamera S and the Panamera Turbo, packing a twin-turbocharged version of the same bent eight putting out an estimated 500 hp. Power will be sent to Porsche's new PDK dual-clutch gearbox and although a diesel model has been ruled out, a V6-hybrid variant with 350 hp will come along at a later date.
I suppose somewhere there is a need for a porsche designed and built 4 door sedan, though I am not sure where that is. Its not as brutally horrible as the early versions I remember seeing over the last year or two, though I can't wait to see the inevitable stretch limo version......uke:
I actually like the treatment of the front and the profile. the rear still looks a bit awkward, but it has improved from prior speculative renderings. Still kinda looks confusing. It's neither a sedan, hatch, suv, and not quite a crossover. I think I'll be able to warm up to it in time. personally I think there are much worse looking cars out there, including pretty much everything from lexus and mercedes (esp the gaudy amg models), but that's not saying much either.
for those of you that consider it wrong that Porsche build some touring sedan, well they already built a heavy suv, so how much worse can it get? it's not like they made a moped or a minivan. if they can make more $$$ to fund their fun stuff, then good for them.
Only thing I think unforgiveably uncool is making a hybrid v6 engine option. who the hell cares about mpg when you're driving a porsche? makes no sense at all to me at all, although a TDi would have been interesting with the different driving dynamics given all the torque and tentative tune-ability of your typical german Tdi motor.
The front looks a lot like a Corvette to me... The body lines in the center of the hood, the huge vents on the side, the Carrera GT headlights all feel very C5/C6 Corvette with a Carrera lower bumper. The rear is just akward looking, especially the rear windows/windshield.
I'm guessing it has a hatch type rear to follow the lines of the 911?? Just a guess since the front certainly looks like that too.
If they wanted to step away from what they are known for doing (read, 911 - Boxster) they should have gone drastically out of the like they did with the 928 and the 944 (still both beautiful cars, IMO)...
THis thing looks like a giant stepped on a 911 and squashed it. Epic FAIL!
I'm not much of a Porsche fan, but that is better (mostly) than the SUV they make. If the back end didn't look tacked on from a 2-door coupe, I'd say class. Other 4-door coupes have nailed the rear end much better.
call me crazy but i like it. the rear end obviously is trying to imitate the look on other porsches, such as the 911. i don't don't think that a traditional trunk would go well with rest of the porsche lineup, or heritage for that matter.
i like it. the front still looks porsche. i don't see the resemblance to a corvette c5 or c6 at all.
i think this gives upper executives and such a chance to ride in a luxury sport automobile. i think just the idea of sitting in the "rear seat of a porsche" sounds cool. i denfinately want to ride in one.
if anything this will be a automobile breakthrough and very innovative. i definately want to see one driving around.
So far, I like what I see. Much better than earlier renderings which looked very tacky.
The only things I don't like are the auto tranny and the fact that it looks like a 4 seater rather than 5.
I also don't like the no-mention of AWD. Though that car has a '4S' on the back which may be a good sign :thumbup: