• Sep 17, 2009
2010 Porsche Panamera – Click above for high-res image gallery

Aside from four primary entry portals and four wheels, Porsche's new Panamera certainly doesn't have much in common with the Ford Taurus of earlier this decade. However, like the former queen of U.S. rental fleets, Porsche's latest will soon be available for visitors to Germany to sample. Avis locations throughout the fatherland will be offering the Panamera for hire starting October 1st. Both of the normally aspirated versions, the S and 4S, will be on hand at major airports and inner city outlets.

The rental rates will start at a surprisingly reasonable €189 per day from Monday to Thursday. If, on the other hand, you plan to hit the autobahn for a weekend getaway, the tariff goes up to a more Porsche typical €567. No word on whether the rental agreement explicitly prohibits visits to a certain race track in the Eiffel mountains...



[Source: Porsche]

PRESS RELEASE:

Panamera available for Avis Customers

Stuttgart. Just shortly after its entry in retail, the new Porsche Panamera is also available as a rental car: the sports limousine stands at the ready beginning on 1 October at many German locations of the Avis car rental service. The models Panamera S and Panamera 4S – the fourth series of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG – will especially be offered at major city and airport locations. The rental price per day (Monday to Thursday) begins at 189 euro, according to Avis. The cost of weekend rental (Friday to Monday) starts at 567 euro for the Gran Turismo. As a longstanding business partner of Porsche, Avis offers the sport saloon as a rental car exclusively in Germany.

With the four-door Panamera, Porsche positions itself in the upper class and addresses customers who expect the consistent sportiness of a Porsche, in addition to the exclusive comfort and spaciousness of a limousine. The use of efficient V8 motors with direct injection, an intelligent, light construction, the start-stop system, optimal aerodynamics, the innovative Porsche PDK dual clutch transmission and additional measures have lead to an ideally low consumption of fuel, with which the four-door Gran Turismo sets new standards in its direct field of competition.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      that's awesome
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nah. awesome is the actual garage, say at frankfurt flughaufen where there are just rows and rows of porsches, everything from a cayman to a cayanne, and red avis signs painted above them. very strange and awesome. Though I thought the lady at the counter mentioned there was some sort of deposit required for the porsches to the guy next to me. Maybe not.

        I’m glad this is getting publicity, had I known AVIS had dozens upon dozens of porsches to rent at the airport I wouldn’t have been stuck with a Volvo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You need two credit cards on your name. Not that outrageous. IIRC, 911s are 199€/day, Cayennes are 189€/day and Boxsters/Caymans are 159€/day.

        They have Carrera 4S coupes with 6MT and Carrera convertibles with PDK. Not too shabby.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's not my cup of tea to own, but I'd still take it for a spin.

      • 5 Years Ago
      for $189, i'd totally take it for a day trip. If i'm not mistaken, the Nurburgring is in fact a public road. So long as you weren't timing yourself and just enthusiastically driving, you would actually be ok!
        • 5 Years Ago
        its €189 , that's around $265. the Ring is a closed track , you have to pay €19 to enter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Worth pointing out that 189 Euro is approx. $278.47 USD if you're getting a direct preferred conversion rate. Thomas Cook at the airport won't be as sweet! Slapping this on the AmEx will almost certainly nudge this higher.

        And gasoline prices - per gallon - in Germany is running $7.18 USD on average at the retail level and with all taxes included.



        • 5 Years Ago
        $265 is still ridiculously cheap. $300 would be ridiculously cheap. in LA a 911S would cost you around $500 a day to rent. of course, this is all predicated on the renter's ability to figure out a way to convince him/herself that this car isn't totally hideous or that somehow said hideousness doesn't matter...

        ... which is what i'd do. i'd go to germany with 3 friends, 2 of them with short legs, book this car for the work week, and go autobahning mon-thurs. as long as we're in the car, the outside don't matter ja?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Avis has 911s for 199€/day. Both AWD coupes with MT and RWD convertibles with PDK.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Remind me to book a plane ticket to Germany...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Book a plane ticket to Germany.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw one the other day. I wasn't sure about it in photos but in my opinion it's the best looking Porsche after the 911.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Geeze, every time I see that picture on this site I am expecting the title to start with "Ebay find of the day...."
      • 5 Years Ago
      It really reminds me of a WAY more modern 1990's W124 MBZ 500E(of course Porsche did the final build on that one as well).
      I will say that it will be THE first time you can really call a sedan a 4DSC(four door sports car). Back in the 80's Nissan used to put a 4DSC sticker on the rear side window of their Maxima(yeesh). At the time it was actually a pretty cool car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nürburgring vacation!
        • 5 Years Ago
        isn't it easier to check the GPS instead of hiring photographers ?
        • 5 Years Ago
        best of luck, do tell us how u manage to get it on the ring :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Be warned; Avis and most rental companies have photographers working at the ring taking snap shots of every car that goes there.

        If they find you have been doing a few laps in one of their rentals, you will get blacklisted for life... It happened to one of my colleagues, and now he can't even rent a crappy econobox from any of the major rental companies.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing is totally different in the flesh...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Damnit...I'm going to Sydney and the big rental companies there all have Hyundai Getz and Holden Calais for hire. I want a cool car. I'd rock this Panamera for my day rental.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ahh, German roads in the Panamera must be a fun vaction.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is a horrible looking car but I would definitely drive it as a rental.
        • 5 Years Ago
        you're not their only potential customer. i personally know 3 guys who ordered this car and i will probably get one too when i'll turn 40. until then i'm a happy bachelor with my 911 :)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sparxx,

        Well I am their target customer and I would not buy one, so they have a problem.
        Probably why they are already going to rentals.
        • 5 Years Ago
        that's your opinion , i think it looks good.
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