• Oct 28, 2008
At last count, there were 13 Porsche Panameras winding their way up and down San Francisco streets. We don't know what could be so challenging in the city by the bay that Porsche would take a huge mule fleet to a crowded city center, but needless to say there have been a lot of pictures taken. This particular lensman was even able to spend enough close up time with a curbside model that he got tire sizes (F: 255/40 R20, R: 285/40 R20), a description of the dash, and pictures of the ceramic brakes. We won't even say anything about how the car looks. Have a look at the 15 shots for yourself and see if you feel any differently about it. Thanks to everyone who sent in tips!
[Source: Roadfly]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      you guys do realize that this car won't start looking better if you look at it more, right?
      • 6 Years Ago
      AGAIN!! That car isn't a mule! It a prototype (pre-production)

      Lean the difference Autoblog!
      • 6 Years Ago
      How long has this car been in testing? yeah thats right this car design is 5 years old already b4 it even comes out....
        • 6 Years Ago
        It takes 4+ years and a few billion to develop a new platform from the ground up.
        The next 911 started development as soon as the 997 shipped.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One of the two ugliest Porsche ever, along with the Cayenne. Oh well, there are always people who would buy anything with a Porsche badge.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow...roadfly.com server is locked up.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love it...have from the beginning. I didn't think I could love something more than the Cayenne...but this one may be it. Porsche can do no wrong!
        • 6 Years Ago
        obvious troll lol
      • 6 Years Ago
      Are the Porsches in the centre of the city? If so, they're trying to burn out the new DSG 'box on the hills. There's nowhere better to test the ability of a DSG box to hold a heavy car without frying itself than in SanF.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would assume so, as that is generally where I saw them. Also, there are other pics on the web of the Panamera being tested in Russian Hill, which, as you probably know, is in the centre of the city with many steep hills.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car will be one of the biggest flops in automotive history.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, like the Cayenne.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Well to be fair, Porsche is stepping into much more contested territory with this than the Cayenne. Porsche only had to worry about what? super charged Range Rovers and AMG G wagons. Now they are into CTS V, M5, Quarttroporte, S65, Rapide, ETC.... Territory.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Bag full of ugly this car is...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Despite the tendency for any owner of a LV bag to be inexplicably drawn to Porsche I am predicting this will be a flop.
      Cayenne sales are tanking due to an aged design, poor fuel economy and horrendous reliability.
      Problem with the Panamera is that it looks like some ape-child of a Porsche. Also the Panamera & Cayenne have no racing pedigree. We all know that Porsche drivers cherish racing pedigree almost as much as their LV bags
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw one in SF last week. It's just as homely in person as it is in pictures.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this thing is ugly x 2. what's with the mohawk tail lights.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll buy one... seriously. At least it'll be better than the stupid V6 cayenne that I'm currently driving.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The V6 Cayenne starts at $44k.

        It's kind of sad to think that when someone says "I drive a Porsche"
        you expect an well loved aircooled money-pit 911, but here is this totally non-exclusive warmed over Toureg. Cheaper than a base Boxster, even.

        The Cayenne Turbo is a thing unto itself. Drilled rotors on an SUV! It's probably what Porsche had in mind when they thought their SUV up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Horrendous reliability, and gas Mileage and depreciation. I hope above finds a way to recoup some of that 80k back.
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