• Aug 13, 2009
2010 Porsche Panamera – Click above for high-res image gallery

You might have guessed that Porsche was one of the official sponsors of Gordon McCall's Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center this year by all of the Panameras (Panamerae?) on hand. Although we've already sampled Stuttgart's Quattroporte-competitor in Germany, we got a chance to see and sit in some U.S. versions on American soil for the first time here in Monterey. About a half dozen of them were scattered around the Jet Center, turbos and non-turbos alike. While not the most beautiful cars at the show by a long shot, they certainly attracted a a lot of attention.

To be honest, we were surprised by how many people seemed to love the styling. It was mostly the women, believe it or not, who could be overheard saying how stylish the car was, and more than a few mentioned the Mercedes CLS and Quattroporte when they discussed its looks. Admirers mentioned the clever hatchback and all of the space it provided for luggage. It was the interior, though that seemed to generate the most favorable responses. Roomy and luxurious, with quality details all around, the only negatives we heard were about the number of switches on the center console.

We'll have some driving impressions to add later in the week, but for now, enjoy our gallery from Gordon McCall's Motorworks Revival at The Monterey Jet Center.



Photos copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips, Frank Filipponio / Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Not growing on me at all. Especially not after reading about the price of options. Rear windshield wiper anyone?
      • 5 Years Ago
      ew
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey Panamera, the 70's called, they want their color back. Zing! Ohhhhh....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thats the ugliest thing to come out of germany since... since... ever!
      • 5 Years Ago
      hmm, almost hate to say it, but the design is growing on me. It's actually starting to look good in it's own quirky way. Looks better in brown than that blue also.
        • 5 Years Ago
        futurama, just an observation, but you are so right about seeing some cars in person. I recently saw an SHO Taurus that looked way nicer in person than in pics, to me anyway.

        I think Porsche may actually have a winner here. I like it more than the cayenne that's for sure.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I really like it now too, its different and stylish and I think its going to be a big hit for Porsche.

        Brown is also making a comeback, saw it on the new Venza and loved it suprisingly. Looking forward to seeing more brown cars
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think that you have to learn to like it, and once you get there, it makes every other car seem pedestrian in comparison.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I also wasn't a big fan when I saw the pictures.. but I was up close and personal with the car last weekend up in Monterey last weekend with the Panamera, and I have to say.. it does look A LOT BETTER in person than in photos. Its sheer size will surprise you as well. Interior is really gorgeous with all the rich materials Porsche adorned with. Great details and subtle design touches. But yes.. little too many buttons, which add that much more details making it look more interesting and expensive. It surely is not too ergonomic though...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Um we saw a parade of 5 of them back in April in Vegas. I guess that didn't count as a debut.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gee wiz!.............That ooozzzes $$$$$$$............Love that color too!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gee, do you suppose that all those amateurs at Porsche who designed and built this car know more than all the expert professionals who are posting here. Time will tell.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think a car designed by the complainers on here would look like one designed by a congressional sub-committee....like the Cruze or Volt. BAM!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you implying that we don't know what we like yet? That somehow Porsche's designers have reached into the future and pulled this car from it, knowing that in a few years time, we'll suddenly realize what a 'beautiful' car it is? Their opinions and sensibilities with respect to automotive design may be a bit more polished than any of ours, but that certainly doesn't make them infallible; Case in point: The Panamera.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You may not like it, but I do. Looks are subjective. Let's see what the market says.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw one last week driving to Seaside near Point Lobos. I was rather surprise to it state side that quick. It's an ugly piece of design like the rest of Porsche's cars. Are they saving money on hiring designers or wut?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can't see this car anymore. I currently live in Leipzig and these cars are scattered around the city since about two months. There must be dozens or more. This car just does not look right from any angle.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is that what Clarkson would call "Baby diarrhea brown"?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wait a minute. The question no one is asking is this . . . Why - since the shape was going to be such an awful compromise - didn't Porsche go ahead and design the car as a station wagon? Extending the roof rearward (since it was planned a hatch-back anyway) would have somewhat eliminated the horrid proportions.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because station wagons aren't 'cool' by Porsche's standards. They wanted a practical 4 door coupe. as they made the roofline higher and longer, the interior worked at it was stylish and practical, then on the outside.... oh dear.
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