• Sep 14th 2006 at 1:37AM
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Even though we've stood in front of it in Frankfurt, talked to the people instrumental in its existence and even told you when and where it will be produced, it still strikes us as odd to write about a four-door Porsche. It's coming, whether we're ready for it or not, and this latest sighting is evidence that the guys and gals in Stuttgart are hard at work.

The front-engine, rear-wheel drive, four-seater has been caught testing in a variety of guises, this, however, is the first time we've actually been given a taste of what the production car will look like. The front end screams Porsche design, with headlamps pulled straight from the concept and a front clip that is taking heavy cues from the Turbo and Cayman. Unfortunately, from the a-pillar on back, it's less noteworthy and more, well, unfinished.

Hopefully, if Porsche is still on schedule, we'll start seeing Panameras leaving their birthplace of Leipzig and heading to dealers late next year, ready to do battle with the Maserati Quattroporte and CLS55 AMG.

Thanks to Gary for the tip!

[Source: Caradisiac]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      I continue to fail to understand the market for goofy cars like this. Why would I want my family in a high-end performance car versus a robust, stable reliable family sedan? Am I really going to go attack the twisties at speed with Mom and Junior on board? And furthermore, if I have the money to blow on a high performance Porche family sedan, can I not afford a proper sports car in addition to a robust family sedan to meet both needs? Seriously, I presently have appropriate family cars and sports cars - why would I ever try to mix the two? If i did, I would fail on both fronts - and end up with something as awkward and ugly as the Porsche offering displayed in this posting. Certainly not for me... perhaps someone else loves it...
      • 9 Years Ago
      There should have been a warning on this: "VOMIT-INDUCING PICTURE AHEAD. USER DISCRETION ADVISED"
      • 9 Years Ago
      Way to go Porsche! That is the best disguise in years! The rear end of the car has a 911 convertible hard top pasted on to it along with an old 911 turbo spoiler. About half-way through the rear window is where the heavy disguise starts. The door panels are a disguise. The front bumper is a disguise. I'd say that this car will end up looking more like a stretched cayman (kind of CLS like). Porsche has many people fooled apparently.
      • 9 Years Ago
      • 9 Years Ago
      It has no respect on the road...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ew. I need to wash my eyeballs.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Re: Matt W.

      Thank you! My thought exactly. People are too quick to jump to conclusions.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Eagerly waiting for the Porsche minivan to round out the line!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I guess people don't understand what a Test Mule is.

      Lost their direction? Last time I checked they were still making 911's, Cayman's and Boxsters. Isn't this car supposed to compete with high end sedans like the Quattroporte and AMG Benz's? So they'll make a few hundred, maybe 1,000 of these a year? Big deal.
      • 9 Years Ago
      From the front it is OK.... but B pillar and back it looks like a Maxima
      • 9 Years Ago
      That is hideous. I cannot think of one good thing to say about it.
      • 9 Years Ago
      This is a CAR that Porsche is developing on its own, so I can't knock it too much (unlike the Cayenne), but it does look like an Infinity G35 with no ass (trunk). Maybe Porsche can call it the G35ti (I’m referencing the 318ti if you’re slow).

      I can see the Porsche family now, a Cayenne for the drugged up trophy wife (a person needs to be drugged up to consider that a Porsche), a Panamera for the husband to entertain clients with, and, unfortunately the only real Porsche that this family owns, a Cayman for the trust fund kid.
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