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2011 Porsche Panamera – Click above for high-res image gallery

When the Porsche Panamera was introduced in 2009, skeptics panned the sedan as oddly proportioned and thoroughly unattractive. Later, as the media began to test and review the all-new Porsche, skepticism gave way to fanaticism as the Panamera's amazing handling and jaw-dropping powertrains won over even some of its biggest doubters. Less than a year after the vehicle's introduction, Porsche has ample reason to celebrate as the Leipzig factory has just built Panamera number 25,000. That's peanuts for a mass-market automaker, but an incredible feat for a sports car maker that in most years is thrilled to produce 100,000 models globally.

Panamera number 25,000 is Ruby Red and packs a 300-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 that was added to the lineup back in May. The special Panamera will be delivered to the U.S. market, where to date 5,000 copies of the sedan have been sold. Porsche looks to keep up the Panamera momentum with a hybrid variant that is expected to bow in 2011. Hit the jump to get the details in the release.



Photos by Michael Harley / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: Porsche]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This is the best looking Porsche on the market. You need to see it in the flesh to appreciate how beautiful it is. It makes Aston Martin Rapide look like an inadequate failure on every single square centimeter of the bodywork.
        • 4 Years Ago
        sarcasm aside.
        The panamera has something that the rapide will never have: its own unique personality Having seen lot of Panas and a few Rapides in recent weeks, and i find the Pana less boring. The Rapide is a nice car, but why somebody would take that over a DB9 is beyond me. The DB9`s shape is much nicer and it is the original one, the Rapide is just a less attractive 4-door DB9 copy imho and it also doesn´t provide significantly more room.
        • 4 Years Ago
        for a second there I thought you were being serious! then I realized how bad I am at getting sarcasm.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that was really quick

      but obligatory it still can't outrun the ugly
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yay!!!!... the more they build, the quicker they will drop in price in the used market. In two - three more years I'll have one of these babies in my driveway for less than $40,000.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I actually had the opportunity to drive in one, and I like it... I'm not a fan much of coupes though, they are impractical to me. I do like this car though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I too thought this thing was ugly. It's absolutely massive in person. However, it almost works when you see it in person. At least to a point where it's not repulsive. Then you factor in that it's a Porsche, it's fast, it's got 4 doors, and it doesn't come across as awful anymore.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @APV

        Wait wait.. you can't own this car AND still have a social life. And even if you could, who in the world would be willing to face the embarrassment and be taken around in this car?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I mean, if you actually have any sort of normal social life, you have more than one other friend.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I've been seeing these quite a bit lately, see at least one a day. Thought this would be rather rare considering the cost, but I guess not.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it´s different and unique, a cool car and damned fast too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love mine
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow we have 5000 over in the US O.o, It seemed like more, I see them almost daily out here. and I live in Maryland (PG County area)
      • 4 Years Ago
      The story's lead photo is a very complimentary shot of what (IMO) is a very unattractive vehicle in the flesh. Congratulations to Porsche on building a great driving car (they'll never slack on that), for a market they cleverly determined was there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's that many people with poor taste? Not only has Porsche regurgitated the same basic design for the 911 since the Jurassic period, this car is just like buying a Porsche to make up for other shortcomings, then deciding to lengthen your compensation for extreme shortcomings.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Though I'd never buy this or a Cayanne, I'm thrilled that Porsche makes them - and at that, makes so much money from them. And it'll get even better in a few years when these start hitting the used market: I bet people buying the badge will purchase these, or be likely to purchase these because of the utility of four doors.

      I suppose it's all hopeful wishing for that Cayman S I wanna get in 10 years or so.
        • 4 Years Ago
        without the cayenne and the panamera, porsche would be a niche player. they know what they're doing. these things will bankroll the development of porsches for the fanboys.

        meanwhile, i want a panamera. these things look badass in dark metallics. maybe in two generations i'd get one, once they've fixed the bad ass and tightened up the sheet metal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since they offer a six-speed manual Cayenne, where's the manual Panamera? I mean, surely some fancy fanboy wants to row his own?
      • 4 Years Ago
      In person this car is fantastic looking, it's totally unique and unmistakably a Porsche. For better or worse I wish more car companies would take chances with their designs, too much focus on products that need to appeal to everyone.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ha ha, wow. Good for them. I was wrong. I had no idea that ghastly looking vehicle would be a success. Glad you guys didn't listen to me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess the only reason this is successful is because its selling by the name and status. If you removed the Porsche emblem and put some other automaker emblem on it probably won't do that well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        you won't think that after you drive one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Keep 'em comin' Porsche.
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