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Newsflash: the Panamera looks good. Or rather, the Panamera rendering that Top Gear magazine commissioned for its Bulgarian edition looks good. Which really has no bearing on whether the actual Panamera will look good. Which is a shame.

If you compare the rendering to the spy shots, you see it rescues the Panamera's sides from the tube-of-soap styling that the mules have thus far displayed. The flared wheel arches, especially at the rear, and the harder angles on the flanks give the car the kind of elegant aggression a Porsche demands. The scalloped sides, which we think are attractive but a bit gimmicky, do emphasize the growth of the car toward the rear, which is also a benefit. And the wheels: yes.

But on the subject of the rendering's posterior, which looks like a truncated Cayman... The only thing we can say is that making 3 out of 4 sides look better isn't bad. Top Gear thinks its rendering is "the best idea yet" of what the Panamera will look like. We'll all find out at the Geneva Motor Show in 2009.

Thanks for the tip, Mike!

[Source: Top Gear]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmm, the front is improving. Anything after the B pillar, other than the wheels and exhaust, is a complete disaster.

        • 7 Years Ago
        Although Ferdinand Piech's attentions have been on bigger issues (ie Porsche-VW consolidation), he knows that the 'Pan-Am' car will be a major volume and revenue earner for the Stuttgart company, assisting it's already industry leading profitability - to be assisted again via VW parts and back-office sharing. Yes the 4 door has been muted and dropped in the past, so the very fact that Cayenne lends its platform makes the business case more than viable, infact very appealing. As for the car itself, since the CLS, coupe-like 4-door GTs have become the must have - who needs a 7 series (note BMWs similar efforts) or an XJ when such sublime cars are available. Just a shame that the Pan-Am couldn't have incorporated a clap-hand door system like the RX-8 to assist shutline proportions and the glasshouse and be more Porsche-like. But ultimately a car that the many (loyal & new)buyers and Porsche will be clamouring to bring to market. Purists can debate the ethics of 'Pan-Am', but remember that a car company is both car-producer and profit-seeking company - the magic is in balancing the 2 often opposed ideologies.

        Turan Ahmed - 'investment-auto-motives.com'
        London, England
      • 7 Years Ago
      What do you get when you take a Porsche front end and combine it with styling cues from a Dodge Magnum, a Pontiac Grand Prix and a Cayenne? I guess we should be happy they didn't layer in Aztec design elements. What a joke compared with a Maserati...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Porsche is a money hungry company that will do anything imaginable and unimaginable to earn more cash. Selling out and prostituting its heritage is not an option any longer since they did it years ago by introducing the Cayenne.

      Maybe if they bough vw/audi they could then re-focus Porsche on actual sports cars again. I would hate to see vw and audi under complete porsche control but this is whole other issue.

      regardless, panamera is lame... a huge compromise with plenty of cost cutting. bmw's CS will be a better car, you can bet.
        • 7 Years Ago
        God Bless capitalistic, money-hungry people and corporations!

        So long as they abide by the laws the innovation they create moves us all forward...if not (as in this idiom) in the prettiest fashion.
        • 7 Years Ago
        who said i was drooling over the carrera GT?

        anyway, there are plenty of brands (ferrari, lambo, bentley, rolls etc) who simply focus on what they are good at and make money with it.

        please do not start with the´capitalims = progress´ bs cause this is absolutely not the case, and autoblog is hardly the right place to hold such a debate.

        selling out is selling out. porsche gets no respect for this.

        also, cayenne is a vw by all means, not a porsche. The next one is also very lame. trust me.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I agree, and I don't understand why. I just don't see anyone outside Los Angeles buying this car, and even those in LA might be weirded out. Its not practical as a large sedan because it has no trunk, even the Mercedes CLS which is kind of a 4 door coupe has a trunk. I'll take my 911 with two doors, thanks.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Whaddaya mean, no trunk? It's got a hatch, that's better than a trunk in a lot of ways!

        As for the styling, it's OK.

        On an only-slightly-related note, why was the Cayenne styling so universally panned, when the original BMW X5 styling was almost universally loved? The X5 is hideous, not to mention looking like a scaled-up 1990s GM Astra (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Opel_Astra_1997.jpg)!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Porsche should be able to do better than this with a sedan, without trying to make everything look like a variant of the 911.

      The 911 looks fantastic, but smushing it down for the cayman, and stretching it out for the Cayenne, and now this, just doesn't work so well.

      Give the thing a real roofline, and maybe. It just looks like it isn't living in it's own skin, so to speak.

      I guess it will be interesting to see if the rumored front-engined coupe will be a hit or miss.

      Rapide blows this thing away, style-wise.
        • 7 Years Ago
        do you see the reasoning disconnect in your argument. porsche could drive a cayenne through it.

        first complaining that porsche makes all its cars look like a 911 - either truncated in case of cayman or stretched in case of panamera.

        and then raving about the rapide. as if the astons produced in the past 10 years have looked totally different from each other.

        that said, there is no comparison between a rapide and any other 4 seater in the world.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dear Lord, that C-pillar looks hideous.
      • 7 Years Ago
      LOL. What a friggin' mess. No thanks.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I thought Porche couldn't build anything uglier or as uninspired as the Cayenne. I guess I was wrong.

      This thing is just awkward from every angle. I suppose if you have enough money to buy this you don't care how it looks, because hey, you're still rich. However, this thing is ugly no matter which angle you look at it. The 911 nose doesn't exactly set my heart aflutter as it is. Sticking it on an SUV or sedan doesn't make things better.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Goddamn that looks weird. Just like the Cayenne. This solidifies it for me, badge whores play a major role in the market.

      Ah I am just being over dramatic, I am pretty sure it will give all those other saloons a run for its money. Just looks very weird.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks more or less just like the spy shots, which is to say very odd and not overly attractive.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think the entire concept of the Panamera is ridiculous, and every rendition has looked just awful. But I will agree, this is the best one yet. Except for the Corvette-looking bump in the hood.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What the hell is a tube of soap?
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