This post was written before official Porsche pricing was announced. So, take a look at this post for 2010 Porsche Panamera Pricing (and feel free to read on too).
I'm usually not one for making predictions. However, if the pricing for the upcoming Porsche Panamera, being reported by German car magazine Autobild, is to be believed then I'm thinking sales may move slightly slower than a rusted out Yugo. According to Autobild, pricing ranges from $127,000 for the base V6 model, to just shy of $200,000 for the all-wheel drive 520-hp turbo flavored one. That's some serious cash for what is arguably one of the ugliest models to come off the Porsche line ever (well, at least since the Cayenne if you listen to some.)
But wait, with an anticipated launch of sometime in early 2009, only the 405-hp V8 and the super-charged/priced turbo will be available for resale. If you want to become a member of the Panamera family on the cheap (it's all relative), you'll have to wait until 2010 when the 300-hp V6 version is available at the low, low price of $127,000. Please Porsche say it isn't so. Give us a press release and tell us this is a bad joke.
Is the Porsche Panamera ugly? Or, is it just me?
I could be wrong, God knows it won't be the first or last time, but when introducing a car this ugly and this controversial, wouldn't you want to provide some pricing incentive? I'm pretty much a fan of all things Porsche, but unless the Panamera starts to grow on me (or the car looks significantly different from the spy shots I've seen), it could be the first Porsche designed car, ever, that I'm not impressed with. To me, the Panamera took the worst parts of a 996, mated it with a badly copied 928 rear-end and threw four doors from a Pontiac Grand-Am in the middle for spite.
On a positive note, for those with even more disposable income than taste, it is rumored that the V10 from the Carrera GT will be available as a power plant option as well as the ridiculously powerful 12 cylinder TDI from Audi (should customers demand it.) As it stands now, the Turbo variant will reach Carrera S like top end speeds (186 MPH) at close to a GT2 price tag.
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[Source: Autobild.de; Photo by KGP Photography]