The claw hammer isn't a particularly beautiful piece of equipment. With it's flat face and curved, pointed tail, the tool is about as ungainly as it gets, but engineers have left the design unchanged for over 500 years. Why? Because it works, and there's beauty in functionality. That in and of itself is enough to make the tool a favorite among carpenters the world over, and that same logic is what makes the Porsche Panamera so damn perfect in our book. Yes, it's ugly, but you know what? We couldn't care less. In fact, the sports sedan's awkward proportions only serve to help it carve out an even larger spot in our collective hearts.

The Panamera GTS that recently debuted at the 2011 LA Auto show certainly isn't any more attractive than its siblings, but it does pack a full 430 horsepower from a naturally-aspirated V8 engine, a seven-speed PDK gearbox and all-wheel drive. Remember what we said about functionality? This piece of kit will handily dispatch any task you throw its way, and it will do it with three friends and their gear in tow. Hit the jump to watch Porsche have some fun with the newest member of the family.



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      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anybody else with me in loving the way that active aero spoiler works?
      Moe Khan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Really, the styling hasn't grown on you guys yet? I actually think in the right color, with the right wheels, the Panamera is downright gorgeous? Didn't feel that way when they first launched.
        Ian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Moe Khan
        With this one, it's really about angles and color. Best in dark finishes as they somewhat diminish the size of the car. Certain angles within photography lend a more attractive look, though those are only photos. Let's get real, the car isn't would it could have been. Apparently they had a sleeker design down, but then CEO wanted taller adults to have more head room and such, which undoubtedly changed it's proportions. (Though granted, there are plenty of sedans nearly half the size of this thing that seat adults comfortably, so I don't really get why they couldn't have made it the size of an Accord for example) The positive in all of this is that Porsche, having learned from all the public input/outcry/reaction,....the facelift will be an improvement, and the next gen should be a completely different car.
      larshafner
      • 3 Years Ago
      this version is more epic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CENAwFSKVg&feature=relmfu
        POV
        • 3 Years Ago
        @larshafner
        Huh weird, why is there a shortened version of that??? Agreed, much better but THE MUSIC IS STILL TOO DAMNED LOUD.
      Sedacca
      • 3 Years Ago
      they always stands out. can spot them in a crowd!!! sweet 4 door,
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      This car should have been RWD and a manual. And they really need a new 928. Aside from that, I really do like the Panamera.
      POV
      • 3 Years Ago
      Beautiful shots but again with the music > engine noise = much less satisfying experience.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      MuratY
      • 3 Years Ago
      You (some people) say Panamera is ugly and Ferrari FF is beautiful! Altough Ferrari has two doors, FF is the ugliest car Ferrari ever made. Also mention this issue more often. Of course if you don't get salary from Ferrari like "Englishman", Jeremy Clarkson! Sales figures of Panamera shows what people think about it. By the way Rapide is not a competitor for Panamera because rear seats are not usable and slower than Panamera. They could not even sell it in the Middle East. I have seen only one on the road in the last 2 years.
      P.Z. Dawkins
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still don't get why people think it's ugly. It's not exactly a Rapide or anything, but it's hardly ugly.
        chris
        • 3 Years Ago
        @P.Z. Dawkins
        You're right. It isn't ugly. It's fugly, and I mean that in the most offensive way possible. It's like Porsche's version of the Honda Accord Crossturd; the humb-back profile and rear-end are simply hideous. The only angle that looks good on them is the direct front.
        POV
        • 3 Years Ago
        @P.Z. Dawkins
        It's ugly in the sense that it's not a conventional three box or even a hatchback design. On top of that, it's kind of a perversion of the 911 shape. Still, I like it a whole lot better than I used to.
      Oldtruck91
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think it is sad that auto writers justify the ugliness of the Porsche by espousing its performance. Why drive something that ugly if you have to explain to everyone why you like it. It's your friend dating someone absolutely ugly and they keep saying they are amazing in bed. Really? If you have to keep explaining is it really worth it? The value of Porsche is not only performance, but its Teutonic beauty. If the designers at Porsche think this is attractive, they should be fired. They have done the legend of Porsche wrong. The price they charge to enter the brotherhood of Porsche owners is steep. The least they should do is make it look as if it is worthy of the heritage laden moniker and price.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Oldtruck91
        have you seen it in person? i don't think so. it looks miles better in the metal. pics don't do it justice
        Ian
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Oldtruck91
        Or, you could have a car (or girlfriend) that's attractive, but doesn't.....
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Awesome car, but they still really need to clean that butt
        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @KAG
        that's how it was supposed to look like, then the former CEO wanted more headroom in the back and messed with the design : http://auto-media.info/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Porsche-diary-02.jpg i hope they'll fix that with the next generation.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        sparrk
        • 3 Years Ago
        A V8 in a 911 would give it a higher center of gravity and destroy everything the Porsche engineers have worked for during the last 50 years. Anew 928 would be great, i don't know why they aren't building it. I'd buy a new 928 GTS with a manual tomorrow if they build it. Heck , i'd even give it a try with a flappy paddle gearbox.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        they actually are working on a 2 door version
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