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With a release date set all the way for 2009, you will be certain to see hundreds of spy shots of the upcoming Porsche Panamera. At least this mule is painted in a different color than the last one. The four-door coupe, with the name that makes us hunger for sandwiches, will be flogged and tweaked until it's near perfect in Porsche's mission to provide rapid and luxurious transport for three lucky occupants and one privileged driver. We expect the Panamera will be available with engine choices that range from the 3.5-liter V6 in the Cayenne all the way to the 700hp V10 used in the Carrera GT, as well as include a V6 gas-electric hybrid co-developed with VW.

By 2009, we the range of this new 'crossover' segment will include the Aston Martin Rapide, Audi A7 and others. Like we said, expect to see more photos of this wildly anticipated offering from Porsche.

[Source: WorldCarFans]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I know it's reported as a front engine, but this looks like a Carrera motor could fit behind the rear wheels? Maybe that's a transaxle?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Did you guys notice this in the article?

      "Seen in the attached photos this engine is currently being tested by Porsche under the body of a BMW 5-Series station wagon."
      • 8 Years Ago
      can't say it's not UGLY

      but then again, what Porsche is not UGLY

      thank you I'll stick with an S550 and get a cayman in return
      • 8 Years Ago
      agree with #6 it will defenetly be a sweet sedan, porshe is not that stupid to make a mistake on styling (hopefully)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Call in Chris Bangle!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I gotta admit.... a 4 door Porsche sure does sound weird..... seing it is even worst.... I'll pass up on it..
      • 8 Years Ago
      I quite agree that it looks ugly; The front door is too small compared to the rear door, the side windows are totally screwed up, and the turn indicator light... ewww.
      And somehow, the rear angle photo reminds me of a mazda rx8.
      On the other hand, it looks like it has a pop up rear spoiler, and it looks like its going to have a 944-like rear window hatch.
      The front lights of the car resembles the tiny headlamps of teh porsche 904 spyder, which was during its time dubbed the most ugly Porsche ever.
      However, most of these observations on the mule may only be results of camoflaging (they shouldn't have polished it that much if they had wanted to really camoflage it.
      Meanwhile, it has been brought to my attention the two red reflector rectangles on the rear. They really spoil the smooth flow of the car's shape and I think they should be replaced with one long reflector strip in between teh rear lights just like the Porsche 996 MkII Carrera 4 S.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's obvious this is a development mule and not the real body. I still say this looks suspiciously like a Lexus GS, though. As Porsche didn't already have a 4-door sedan of their own, they would have to start somewhere, right?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Uh, oh. THis is NOT the Panamera I had envisioned. This is stylistically a big disappointment. It's leaden. I just looks heavy and ill-proportioned...sort of like a VW Phaeton with a Porscheilike nose. It's certainly not the sleek 911-style that has endured for decades. I remember seeing a conceptual rendering several months that was much more in keeping with the classic Porsche character. Now, we have this. Must have been a dream.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hello!!It just a test car!!! I'm sure Porsche will not release a car looking like the incredible HULK!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am sure its heavily camo'd and we still have 2 years development time, but truly as of right now it looks like a short Cayenne and that equals fugly. I'll buy a CLS any day, and that Rapide is looking very nice as well. If this comes out as is, it will be one of Porsches biggest flops in some time.
      • 8 Years Ago
      With all the plastic faux fenders it looks like a G35. Why call this a spy photo if its nothing more then a mule?
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