Everyone’s worst nightmare has come to life again. First, it was the Cayenne, then the Boxster, and now this thing called the Panamera- wait! What’s this? It isn’t so ugly after all! All the gloom and doom that seems to follow Porsche as they introduce new concepts always seems to come back to bite automotive journalists and the public opinion at large right on the tukus. First was the Cayenne, an SUV with distinctive Porsche styling that everyone said would flop, and look at it now- it’s a smart little SUV that has spawned its own legion of copycats from Japan, the U.S, AND Europe. Then came the end-all of the Porsche empire, the Boxster. A Porsche for the masses? How dare they! Well, following that “breaking out of the mold” style of “thinking out of the box,” Porsche has proudly presented its iteration of a four-door 911 in the form of the all-new Porsche Panamera, and surprise, it doesn’t look too bad! Rather than trying to compete with larger German sedans, however, the Porsche Panamera strikes out into its own little niche again, creating a four-door sports car with a hatch back body style.
The 2010 Porsche Panamera is powered by one of two optional engines, either a 4.8L 400-horsepower base dual overhead camshaft V8, or a 4.8L, 500-horsepower twin-turbo V8 (that practically screams to be stuffed into the Porsche Cayman for next year!) The front-engine, all-wheel drive optional four-door hatchback has an expandable luggage compartment that provides 44.6 cubic feet of storage, and incorporates an auto-engine stop/start feature that helps the 2010 Porsche Panamera to achieve fuel economy of 13-19 miles per gallon on the highway and 16-23 miles per gallon in the city. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, while a 7-speed twin-clutch automatic is available as well.
There are sixteen paint colors available for the 2010 Porsche Panamera, including nine metallic shades, five special colors, and standard black and white. The metallics are available in due course with the quoted MSRP from the dealership, but any of the five special colors will add $3,140 to the base price. The interior, of course, is available in a number of colors, as well, including four standard colors, black, gray, tan, and blue leather, two natural/special leather options which add $1,510 to the base price, and four two-tone shades, one of which is a natural leather two-tone which adds, again, $1,510 to the price of the 2010 Porsche Panamera. Though attractive, the question remains whether buyers will want to pay out the $89,800-$132,600 for the 2010 Porsche Panamera. Building on the success of their previous concept vehicles, Porsche is betting on a win.