• Jul 5, 2008
The Porsche Panamera has been caught testing in Stuttgart and on the 'Ring for some time, and now you can add the Arctic Circle to the list. The forthcoming sedan is undergoing cold weather testing in one of the world's most most inhospitable places in an effort to ensure the family man's Porsche's engine will still purr even on your worst winter morning. The car's appearance looks essentially the same as it has prior spy shots, which is to say that it's still ugly, yet it's still A Porsche. With possible plans for a diesel, hybrid, V6, V8, and turbo V8 model on the table, the German automaker will likely be hanging out with Santa and Frosty for quite a while. Hit the jump to see the V8-powered Panamera as it traverses the white stuff.


[Source: Inside Line]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I just wish the guy would have stopped talking so we could have heard it! It is pretty obvious that it is going to use a hatch design and twin exhaust so shut up and let us hear it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Has anyone else noticed that the spyshots of this car always show it being abnormally shiny?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I want one. I think once they take off the camouflage, this will be a great looking car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I must admit i don't find it ugly
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, but I'm a huge Porsche fan and even i don't like it. Hopefully it will grow on me (or will look better in 3-D), but I think the 989 looked sooooooooo much better. At least it should perform well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Infiniti G35 sedan?
      • 6 Years Ago

      Why does Porsche need a sedan considering they own a sizable chunk of VW? So many premium sedans there like Audi A8 and Bentley Continental Flying Spur.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Because shareholders don't value owning a good company, they only value growth. You can make the best stuff in the world, and if you aren't making more of it, you're trash to shareholders.

        But, if you raise the stock value, you're considered a genius, at least for a while. Even though you might be hurting the company long-term or sowing the seeds of destruction for it. See Jaguar, or more generally see Sunbeam or GE.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Porsche is pulling the wool over everyone's eyes.
      There is no way something this mis-shapen was ever approved for production.

      I'd imagine the REAL prototypes are probably being tested somewhere deep in central Russia or some other sparsely populated spot on the globe where several hundred square kilometers can be rented for 'descrete' use, away from prying eyes.

      And in some breuhaus in Stuttgart, there is a group of Porsche engineers laughing their asses off at all that has been written about the Panamera and waiting for the 'official' unveiling at the next Frankfurt auto show to knock everyone's socks off.

      Or, so I hope.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks too much like a wagon on the rear end, not a coupe. Maybe it'll look better once the camo comes off... I hope..
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yup, still ugly. Porsche needs to get away from the idea that every car it makes has to look sort of like a 911.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly right(!). That's Porsche's biggest problem. The 911 - as a base-design for other Porsche vehicles - is not a good one. It's okay for a 911, but it translates into a bloated whale as a four-door sedan. Too bad Porsche's designers weren't allowed to explore another shape. I guess if you're a designer at Porsche, you have to bow down to the hallowed 'look' in order to work there. And God forbid if you don't think it's T-H-E answer to every vehicle the company chooses to manufacture.
      • 6 Years Ago
      maybe its just me but the proportions seem a little off, it could/should be a nice looking car, but somehow isnt.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This thing doesn't look bad... the word you're looking for is TRAGIC.

      It's like they hooked an air pump up to a 911 and blew it up until it could almost seat four people.

      What niche does this fill that the Cayenne does not?
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