• Oct 20, 2009
Porsche Panamera USB drive – Click above for high-res image gallery

If you're a hardcore Porschephile, then you're going to love this post, because it's about Porsche minutiae that no one else really cares about.

Turns out that if you bought a Panamera, you may have gotten an extra gift from Porsche (besides the car). A tipster sent in pics of a package he received that included a knick knack looking just like his Panamera key fob, which itself is shaped like a Panamera. Lo and behold, the doo-dad was not an extra key fob (that would've been nice) but a USB flash drive. We've got no info on what the drive's capacity is or if the thingamajiggy does anything else, but we suspect it's just a marketing gimmick that cost Porsche little in the grand scheme of things.

It got us thinking, though. Since so many keys today are actually keyless, wouldn't it be a great idea for a keyless key fob to actually be a USB flash drive? Not only could you store tunes on it, but such a device could interface with your car's electronics, carry updated maps for your nav system and keep a record of any warning codes. Sure, any old USB flash drive could potentially do these things, but combining one with the key you carry around at all times just makes good sense. We've seen this done before in concept cars, but for some reason the USB key hasn't crossed over into reality yet. Well, our idea is free of charge for automakers to use, so make it happen. The next one, however, will cost ya. Thanks for the tip, Brad!




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      • 5 Years Ago
      how long ago did you guys receive these?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Panamera USB drive was also given away in gift bags at the NY Auto Show in April.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ya, @bud bud, I got this months ago comes with videos and stuff on it, and a bunch of pictures of the car I used mines for about a month or two.
      • 5 Years Ago
      P.S. Dear God, please make the Panamera extremely popular new, but totally unappealing to buyers on the second-hand market and plauge it with depreciation rates that rival a 90's Hyundai so that I, too, someday can know what it is to take the family out to Applebee's at 175mph.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I received one and I'm neither a Panamera or Porsche owner..
      • 5 Years Ago
      Of all the shapes they picked this...
      • 5 Years Ago
      i received a little flyer in the mail asking me if i would like to order the photo book and 1gig usb...which i filed electronically over the web. to this day i haven't received anything yet...does anyone else have a similar experience?
      • 5 Years Ago
      They are not FOB's, the buttons don't depress. It is very light - just a 1 gb USB stick. I've had mine for 6 months. (they sent me two actually.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm just using this post as an opportunity to say that I just saw a Panamera on the street in Omaha, Nebraska this past weekend, and while I am wholeheartedly on the side of those who have recoiled in horror at the car's utter lack of photogenicity - I have to say that it looks really REALLY good in person. It looks like a car that costs what it costs and then some. It could be the 911's ubiquity, but when I see one I never think $80,000 sports car. When you see this thing, you will know the price of admission was steep. Like one previous commenter noted, it is very wide, but it's big in every dimension, really, and commands some serious presence. All the more mind-blowing that it can do what it does on a track.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That's actually incorrect information. Here in Kuwait all registered Porsche owners get a USB drive regardless of ownership. We got this drive 3 months ago in the mail. It basically has the Panamera Web Special on there. It has a 1GB capacity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Having your key fob double as a flash drive is a terrible idea. The last thing I want is a virus on my key fob.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It would only get viruses if it worked with Windows.

        Your move...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Almost any car looks much better in person. I have met only one that kinda violated this rule: I just loved it on the photos, in person it was "meh".
      • 5 Years Ago
      Please define "free of charge" for us.

      I have seen two Panamera's at dealerships and both were fully loaded Turbo's listing for over $154,000 each. That's not free of charge!

      BTW, it's so much better looking in person. I can't believe how wide it is though.
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