Watch forthcoming four-door sportscar in action
31 October 2008

Porsche has put out this video of the new Panamera in response to criticism of the looks of the new four-door.

The car has been attacked for looking too much like a generic Porsche design, so this professionally produced clip showing the new car during testing is meant to silence the critics.

Shot during winter testing in Norway and hot weather trials in California, the video includes footage of Panameras drifting through snow.

The cars are still partially disguised but the slim retractable rear spoiler is visible. The car's significant width and length are also obvious.

Porsche will release more images of the Panamera at the end of this month. The car will go on sale next year and will become Porsche's first hybrid, using an Audi-derived V6 petrol engine and an electric motor.

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31 October 2008

[quote Autocar]The car has been attacked for looking too much like a generic Porsche design, so this professionally produced clip showing the new car during testing is meant to silence the critics.

How? It still looks like a generic Porsche design under the disguise.

I guess we'll just have to wait until the wraps are properly taken off.



It's all about the twisties........

31 October 2008

I don't see what the big deal is with the 'generic porsche design', it's not like they make ugly cars is it?

Besides, all manufactures have a corporate id - pugs all look alike, the ford family all have the same face.

Personally I don't see why it's only porsche thats picked up on it.

1 November 2008

"Luxury and Sportiness are not mutually exclusive?" Neither are luxury, sportiness and building a car that looks like a pig in a sock, it would seem.

[quote BrynTurbo] it's not like they make ugly cars is it?[/quote]

Were you unaware that Porsche made the Cayenne? True, Aston Martin have grafted their corporate "design language" on to the Rapide but that can, at least, be perceived to be "A Good Looking Car".

This would seem to be another example of "X6 Theory": "It doesn't matter a toss what it looks like because it'll sell in droves anyway".

Porsche Panamera- Babe or Minger? Discuss..

1 November 2008

[quote jskater]Were you unaware that Porsche made the Cayenne?[/quote]

Yes I was, and I've tried long and hard to forget it's existence.

1 November 2008

If you gave a bloke in a shed a Vauxhall Vectra and asked him to turn it in to a Porsche you'd get the Panamera. It's not moving on the design language of a modern Porsche forward. There's nothing wrong with a corporate look but this one is tired and long due an update.

For the whole range Porsche need to move forward as rivels are making viable alternatives. The only defence Porsche has is to buy over VW just so they stop producing some of those rivals!

*edited for typo.

1 November 2008

If I had the sort of money they will be asking for this, I'd buy the Aston Martin Rapide instead. Do Porsche think this isn't more of the same? Because it looks to me like a 5 door hatch back (hunchback) 911. I don't think the Porsche shield on the bonnet is going to be enough to make this car seem any better looking than it is. As with the Cayenne, I'm thoroughly unconvinced. In fact, I think they should ask Barack Obama to front the marketing campaign for this car because... "You can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig."

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