You think the prom limo market in America has a propensity for stretching anything with wheels? Just look at China. Instead of buying larger sedans there, wealthy Chinese buyers have a taste for stretching smaller ones. So while BMW, for example, already offers a larger 7 Series, they've developed a stretched 5 Series for the Chinese market. We thought that a little strange at first, but this one takes the cake.

Since the Porsche Panamera has one of the nicest interiors on the market, one aftermarket tuner of note has developed a stretched version specifically for China. That tuning firm is no less noteworthy than Ruf, the outfit that has made a name for itself by turning ordinary 911 models into supercar-beating, fire-breathing monsters.

The resulting Ruf Panamera XL is a good 40 centimeters longer than stock, giving it an extra measure of legroom in the back. And while this type of stretch job would normally make an exotic performance automobile like a Porsche look more than a little odd, given the almost universal derision of the Panamera's roofline, we'd venture to say this – to some eyes, anyway – might be considered an improvement. So much so, in fact, that Porsche is rumored to be considering developing one on its own – let's just hope that if Stuttgart tackles one on its own that they do a cleaner job of the resolving the B-pillar.

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      Bret Frohwein
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder how much that 15 3/4 inches costs
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's not enough that it was ugly to begin with...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow that is Ruf looking...
      Avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a whale.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Inartful, to say the least. They should have lengthened it behind the rear doors and added a third side window. They probably could have used a one from a 911 or a smaller one from a Cayman. That fat B pillar they added is crying out for triple opera lamps as it is now.
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks surprisingly better than expected.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Some people never change... I think this Panamera looks good. The longer wheelbase makes the rear slope appear less abrupt, and the omission of an outlandish bodykit is also a smart move.
      • 3 Years Ago
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it April 1st already? Having a rear window that is longer than the front one is a huge design flaw... Now it looks 20% longer than the stock version. Wow!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think I'm gonna be SICK
      • 3 Years Ago
      the world over funny things happen when people want to impress other people. It is just magnified in countries where their is a large class divide.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kill it before it breeds!!
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