Estate-bodied Panamera commences high-speed testing; due for arrival next year

Our spy photographers have spotted Porsche testing the estate version of its next-generation Panamera at the Nürburgring, one month after the model was first seen on the road.

The new car, which is due to go on sale next year as the Panamera Shooting Brake, is clearly inspired by the silhouette of the Panamera Sport Turismo concept seen at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

The body shape increases both rear head room and boot space compared with its liftback equivalent.

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The wheelbase itself looks identical to that of the saloon, suggesting rear leg room will be unchanged, but the Shooting Brake does feature a few design tweaks to go with its longer roofline. Most noticeable is a large rear spoiler and a third brake light, which is housed beneath the spoiler. Other than that, the design of this development Shooting Brake appears to be identical to that of the liftback. 

Although details are yet to be confirmed, it will likely be sold in the same guises as the regular car, so models offered will range from the entry-level version to the range-topping Turbo S. The regular car will rival the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8, but the Shooting Brake’s estate body will help the model's appeal extend beyond the remits of those cars.

Insiders are suggesting the next-generation Panamera will follow the trend set by the Cayenne and be made available with more hybrid engines, extending its rivalry to models such as the Mercedes CLS and its Shooting Brake equivalent. The Mercedes is available with anything from a 220d diesel to a 577bhp AMG CLS63 S, so a more comprehensive range of mid-range engines would help give the Panamera a more comparable line-up.

There’s no official word on a launch date for the Panamera and the Panamera Shooting Brake, but these pictures of both models testing suggest they’re due to arrive close to each other. Insiders expect the regular Panamera to land late this year, with the Shooting Brake following in early 2017. The five-door Shooting Brake will likely be priced slightly higher than the four-door, which we expect to start from about £60,000.

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8 February 2016

I've just thrown up all over the desk, and the floor and the chair etc

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

8 February 2016

UGGH!!
It looks like a hearse!
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8 February 2016

If only they had raised the suspension a couple of inches and put some butch cladding along the sills, it could have been a crossover! What a missed opportunity.

8 February 2016

I would buy one of these. I like how the Panamera looks and think this will be just as nice.

9 February 2016

I'm not saying it's ugly but John Hurt with a bag over his head would play it in the film version. And sorry to labour the point but it is the Davie Dodds of the car world, ugly as fcuk but scored a lot, if you know what I mean. Maybe not, but expect to see it in the company of obnoxious senior managers or as the daily run around of people who have a 'collection' of iconic Porsches.

9 February 2016

Without major plastic surgery and this wholly neglects the front end. I am sure that Stuttgart will consider an All Road version in due course. Never a niche unfilled, except aesthetically.

9 February 2016

"The regular car will rival the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8, but the Shooting Brake’s estate body will help the model delve beyond the remits of those cars"

For "delve" replace "plunge new depths of hideousness"

Dear God, will the Germans eventually run out of mugs to buy their un-original variations of a theme?

What next? the Bugatti mobility scooter? the Porsche skateboard?

Sarky traffic cops before speed cameras were invented.......... "Having trouble taking off Wing Commander?"

9 February 2016

"The regular car will rival the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Audi A8, but the Shooting Brake’s estate body will help the model delve beyond the remits of those cars"

For "delve" replace "plunge new depths of hideousness"

Dear God, will the Germans eventually run out of mugs to buy their un-original variations of a theme?

What next? the Bugatti mobility scooter? the Porsche skateboard?

Sarky traffic cops before speed cameras were invented.......... "Having trouble taking off Wing Commander?"

4 March 2016

Dont like it - loved the original - seeing it bastardized does nothing.
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what's life without imagination

4 March 2016

Actually I prefer this to the normal Panamera, a shame about the nose but Porsche seem to have got stuck with grafting a 911 nose on everything they do!

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