• Jun 27th 2008 at 2:59PM
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According to a source that recently attended a Porsche focus group in California, the crew from Stuttgart is considering offering the new Panamera sedan with an optional "targa" top and making a diesel engine available.

Autoweek's insider saw a rendering of a three-panel "targa" roof that could conceivably make up another trim level of the Panamera when it goes on sale next year. The sources also said that two mules were on hand, a base and a turbocharged variant, sporting front fender vents that "were reminiscent of [the] Ford Focus." Uh oh.

Although details weren't given on the specifics of the diesel engine, Porsche is apparently considering offering an oilburner along with gasoline and hybrid drivetrains, and if approved for production, Autoweek speculates that Porsche could utilize one of Audi's diesels. That could include a 3.0-liter V6, but more likely Porsche would opt for either the 4.2-liter V8 or 6.0-liter V12 that powered the R8 TDI Le Mans concept.

[Source: Autoweek]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not a huge fan of the styling, but I don't think it's AS BAD as is being commented, however...as a huge Porsche fan, I'm pretty disappointed on how they really dropped the ball on the opportunity to set THE standard for "4 door coupes," and what perfect timing it would have been, too. They seemed like the perfect company that could set THE standard in that segment (pretty sure this one doesn't fall into the "4 door coupe" segment, however, that's the segment they should have went for, if they didn't already).
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wish Porsche would just make this car disappear. I'll pretend like it never even happened...
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree with you. That Porsche Panamera F.A. should amscray.
        What is the F.A.? Stands for fat a**!
        Porsche should be Porsche, and forget all these niches.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is great, Autoblog could probably post that this thing is going to be powered by jet turbines and everyone would still ignore that and talk about how bad it looks :p

      With regards to the actual post, I think they key thing is it was just a focus group, so they quite likely could just be throwing out oddball ideas and seeing if any get a good reaction, doesn't necessarily mean they have firm plans for any of the ideas
      • 7 Years Ago
      Porsche presents for your consideration...the Edzel.
      • 7 Years Ago
      From the front it's not absolutely horrendous... but any other view and OMG... blah. WTH?
      • 7 Years Ago
      OUCH, that hurts my eyes

      I hope that the final product looks more like the concept drawing


      Or other computer generated concepts

      • 7 Years Ago
      Four Door Hatch?!?
      • 7 Years Ago
      if you go to the actual Hi Res picture site, someone comments on the lines you see under the hatch which is more likely the actual lines of the car.

      Lets be honest everything (except possibly the Cayenne) is golden that Porsche makes. The Cayenne isn't bad, but its an SUV and I hate SUVs that aren't made/built for real off road use.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm not saying I like the vehicle but the Cayenne is actually quite a capable off-roader. I use the Trans-Siberian Rally as my reference.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think Porsche is smarter than this. I do not believe this silhouette we see here of the rear is anywhere near final. Upon close examination of picture #4, you can see the hatch back rear where the opening meets the roof is slightly higher, making a slight bump. Plus looking close at the rear door and rear quarter panel, I think the window will continue all the way down. I have made a very fast note on the pic to show what I think Porsche is doing, click here to see


      I don;t think Porsche will make such a fat and uneven rear end that is so clunky and chunky and so off looking to the rest of their line. Their sketches looked so good, hard to see it not come out somewhat good looking.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The Cayenne was something they needed then and now so went to VW to do it, this is a total Porsche project with no outside influence. I will wait to see final product.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Maybe they needed to do the Cayenne. But they didn't have to make it as ugly as they did. The Touareg is far better looking.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You think they'll make it attractive before they sell it, like the Cayenne :rolleyes:
      • 7 Years Ago
      It might turn out ok. I was wrong on the X6 BemVay. It turned out to look way better than I thought, kind of cute. But why does this sports-car company, a two door sports car co, want to do a jumbo sedan. Maybe they should have stretched the 911 and put in a couple of wing doors like a RX 8. Or taken a look at the Show-model they did in late 70's/80s which was a stretched 4door 911. IT was way less of a Panzer-wagen look. More Giugaro-like
      • 7 Years Ago
      As some commentators have mentioned, this is a cleverly disguised mule. The reality will be far more attractive - er, less unattractive.

      There are more billionaires than ever before out there and very high end goods are flying out of the factories: so don't write this thing off just yet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      A) It's FUGLY..

      B) "4 door Coupe" is an contradiction in terms. Stop with the BS marketing crap already..A coupe has two doors...period.
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