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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Used to Transport $14 Million in Gold – Now That’s Rich!

It’s not exactly the plot for Fast & Furious 9, but it might as well be. A convoy of three Porsche Panameras was given an unusual task by Baird & Co. that’s normally done by armored trucks. Britain’s leading bullion merchants and gold refiners needed to organize a massive shipment of 24 gold bars with a combined value of $13.8 million from its refinery to its new London showroom in Hatton Garden, a distance of 12 miles. Instead of hiring a security company as most companies do, Bard & Co. hired Porsche to get the job done.


“The logistics of the transport involved each Panamera having a driver, a radio operator, and a security specialist”

It was a curious choice to tap Porsche for the job, but the potential for tremendous publicity for both companies was sitting there on a silver platter. So Baird & Co. and Porsche did it. The latter supplied a pair of Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo and a Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo to do the work normally reserved for armored trucks. The logistics of the transport involved each Panamera having a driver, a radio operator, and a security specialist. The three would work in concert with their colleagues to transport the gold bullion crates that each car was carrying. These crates weighed close to 60 kilos a piece and carried $4.7 million in gold bullion. That’s a lot of weight packed in a very dense package.

The security plan put in place was worthy of a head-of-state. In addition to the three Panameras, the convoy also included a helicopter, a security detail, and a precisely planned and rehearsed route that needed to be executed with absolute precision. Time was also important because, according to Porsche, the longer it took the gold bars to reach their destination, the greater the risk of something going awry.


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At around 11 a.m. local time on Sunday morning, the convoy left the Baird & Co. refinery in route to its destination. A lead car guided the convoy as it snaked through the streets of London and after 40 pulse-pounding minutes, the convoy arrived safely at its destination. Specialist teams on standby at Hatton Garden unloaded the heavy crates from the Panameras, concluding a tense hour of waiting to see if the convoy made it to its destination. One of the most relieved people to see the journey come to an end was Baird & Co. director Nick Hammond. “In this instance, we had a very large shipment of gold to transport – which is quite rare,” he said.

“We had to rely on the cars to be absolutely reliable, to be stable, and to be more than capable of carrying the gold with capacity – in terms of performance – to spare. We didn’t want the vehicles to be anywhere near their limits, which is asking quite a lot. And, despite the phenomenal weight – and the density of the weight – the Panamera had to carry, they performed impeccably.”


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“All’s well that ends well, and in this case, the three Panameras and their air suspension systems deserve a lion’s share of the credit”

All’s well that ends well, and in this case, the three Panameras and their air suspension systems deserve a lion’s share of the credit. It’s not easy to carry a 60-kilo crate with almost $5 million in gold inside it. But the three Porsches managed to do it. Now it’s basking in the glory of the publicity it generated. Well played, Porsche.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo Unveiled

Porsche first introduced the Panamera in 2009 at the Shanghai Auto Show, and since then, we’ve seen a plethora of models and updates. The second generation arrived just last year, and now, there’s a new flagship iteration dubbed the Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo. Put all those names together, and what you’re left with is a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 mated with an electric motor, offering both rip-snortin’ performance and plug-in hybrid eco friendliness, as the mood may strike you. The electric motor makes 136 horses all by itself, while the V-8 makes 550 horsepower. Working in concert, they produce 680 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque, essentially making this new Panamera one of the most powerful Porsches ever.

Outside, you’ll find active aero like an adjustable roof spoiler, as well as 21-inch wheels. Handling stuff includes the option for rear-axle steering, plus standard spec like Porsche’s branded ceramic brakes, dynamic chassis control, and torque vectoring. Keeping it shiny side up is a three-chamber air suspension system. Meanwhile, the power makes its way to the pavement by way of an eight-speed PDK transmission, as well as an active AWD system. Important numbers look like 3.2 seconds for the 0-to-60 mph run, 11.6 seconds in the quarter mile, and a top speed of 192 mph. Fuel mileage and range will be announced closer to launch. Pricing is set at $188,400. Look for it in dealers next spring, and read on for further details.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.

What Should I Expect In The Cabin?


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Inside is Porsche’s advanced cockpit set-up, as well as a variety of driver assistance tech (adaptive cruise control, etc.). Options include seating for four to five passengers.

And since the Sport Turismo is framed as a wagon, practicality was a definite consideration. As such, the new model gets a big tailgate, low loading floor, and more cargo volume. With the rear seats up, there’s 15 cubic feet of space, while the rear bench can fold in a 40:20:40 split for extra room. Folded all the way down, cargo room expands to 45.7 cubic feet.

What About The Electric Motor? Does It Make This Porsche Green?


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Maybe not by Prius standards, but framed as a sports car with nearly 700 horsepower, most definitely.

The electric motor is juiced by a lithium-ion battery pack rated at a 14.1-kWh capacity. Plug it into the wall, and it takes 12 hours to reach full charge, while the optional 7.2-kW charger will take just three hours from a 240-volt source. Charge management is controlled via the Porsche Connect app, supported on either smartphones or Apple Watch, which means you can suckle at the teat of the local grid during off-peak hours.

And while Porsche has yet to announce the all-electric range, we’d expect around 30 miles with a full charge, give or take. After that, you’re the burning dino juice.

Conclusion


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What do you think, dear reader? Does the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid tickle your fancy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below, and stay tuned for our forthcoming full written review.

PostHeaderIcon Hole in One Earns German Golfer a Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

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Porsche European Open 2017 golf tournament turned out to be a great publicity event for the German car maker, but nobody there went home happier than German golf pro Marcel Siem. The man swung a beauty with his 7 iron and nailed a hole in one from 170 yards to win a brand-new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, the top-end Turbo model. 

For those of you who are into golf, the 37-year-old pro, on his 400th European tour, aced par 3 hole on Hamburg’s Green Eagle golf course, so if you want to replicate the feat that’s where you need to be. Mind you, there probably won’t be a Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo waiting for you if you make the hole, not even a symbolic outsized Porsche key to take a picture with!

“Today’s hole in one was my third on the European Tour,” said Siem. “So far, I’d had a handshake and a bottle of champagne – and now, finally, something useful.”

In another one of their spectacular publicity efforts at the European Open 2017 tour, Porsche tapped golf pro Peter Hanson for a fun little activity in which he would try to learn competitive driving from Porsche works driver Patrick Piletin a new 911 GT3, and in turn he would try to make a pro golfer out of the racing driver later on.

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“Patrick and I had so much fun over these two days,” said Hanson. “Even if he is undoubtedly much better at his hobby of golf than I am as far as my passion for racing cars is concerned.” Patrick Pilet was only too happy to repay the compliment: “You can tell instantly that Peter has experience of being at the wheel of fast cars,” he said. “I gave him tips on visualisation and synchronising his hands. He was very good at putting it into practice.”

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Panamera Stingray GTR by TopCar

It’s been a while since we last saw a prominent aftermarket company develop a program for the Porsche Panamera. In fact, ever since the Porsche unveiled the second-generation Panamera this time last year, the tuning world has been surprisingly quiet on this front. Well, consider this one of the first tastes of a heavily modified, second-generation Porsche Panamera. And to the shock of no one, it comes from TopCar, one of the most prominent Porsche tuners in the business.

The Russian tuner has worked on Porsche models longer than most tuners have been around. It’s responsible for the Stinger program for the 911, the Vantage program for the Cayenne, and a host of other works for other Porsche models, including the Macan, the Boxster, and the Cayman. Now, TopCar is setting its sights on a next-generation program for the next-generation Panamera. The kit is what you’d expect from TopCar. It’s got extensive aerodynamics that borders on over-the-top. It’s got a lavish interior offering that includes all the premium materials a customer can think of, including 24-karat gold. And it’s got a significant engine upgrade. In other words, it’s a TopCar tuning kit for the Panamera that owners of the luxury saloon will have a hard time saying no to, provided that TopCar’s tuning methods are in sync with what they’re looking for.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Porsche Panamera by TopCar.

PostHeaderIcon Techart Porsche Panamera GrandGT 2017

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The biggest, coolest, and most thorough styling kit for the Panamera is back with a new version. We are talking about the Techart Porsche Panamera GrandGT which is really more than just a styling kit. The changes are so deep, it is more like a coachbuild project. 

The new Techart Porsche Panamera GrandGT comes with exterior, interior and wheels modifications. The highlights of the body kit include a  distinctive front apron with integrated splitter, larger air intakes designed for optimum cooling, dynamic side skirts, wheel arch extensions adding 50 mm at the front and 80 mm at the rear, rear diffuser, titanium double tailpipes, and a sexy  rear spoiler on the tailgate. The kit is complemented with TECHART Formula IV twin-spokes wheels with tires of size 285/30 ZR 22 at the front and 335/25 ZR 22 at the rear. Other designs and sizes are also available.

As for the interior, Techart Porsche Panamera GrandGT benefits from finest leather and Alcantara and laquered or carbon trim pieces. The most notable features here are a smaller 360mm TECHART Type-7 sport steering wheel, paddle trims made of leather or Alcantara, illuminated door entry guards with individual logotype and anodized TECHART aluminium sport pedals. you can order your GrandGT with performance packages Techart already has for every engine in the Panamera range.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo

It’s been four years since we first saw the Panamera Sport Turismo Concept at the Paris Motor Show. Since then, the next-gen Panamera sedan has made its appearance, and more recently we got to lay eyes on the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid. We’ve received a few rounds of spy shots that showed the Panamera Shooting Brake being put through the paces, and just before it’s official debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, Porsche has decided to spill the beans about the newest member of the Panamera Family. Sporting the same front end as its sedan sibling and a whole new design out back that’s similar to that of the Sport Turismo Concept, the Panamera Shooting brake will also be available with the same four engines available in the sedan, and somehow manages to maintain the same performance figures despite being longer. It gets an active spoiler out back that helps add downforce to the rear axle at track speeds, and can be had with a 2+2 or a 4+1 seating layout, the latter of which throws a jump seat of sorts between the individual seats in the rear. That makes this shooting brake model the first to offer seating for five when properly equipped.

So far, Porsche as released a fair amount of information regarding its newest wagon (am I the only one who’s not sure the standard Panamera is even really a sedan?) and it’s enough to cover most of the juicy bits. We’ll surely learn more at its official debut and later on when it officially launches here in the U.S., but until then, let’s dive on in a take a good look at the new Panamera Shooting Brake… uhem…. Panamera Sport Turismo.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Finally Gives Us A Panamera Wagon With The New Sport Turismo

Hot on the heels of the release of the outrageously powerful Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, Porsche is giving us another new Panamera to pick over. This one’s called the Sport Turismo, and it adds to the lineup with a fresh wagon body style (believe it or not, the old Panamera is called a “sedan”). The Sport Turismo will be offered in four trim levels, including the 4, 4S, 4 E-Hybrid, and the Turbo, with the top-spec model laying down 550 horsepower. Not only that, but up to five passengers and an impressive amount of stuff can go along for the ride.

Inside, you’ll find lots of luxury, with leather upholstery and wood trim throughout. There’s also lots of technology, including features like the Porsche Advanced Cockpit, Porsche InnoDrive, Porsche Communication Management, and adaptive cruise control.

Meanwhile, to help it turn, the wagon gets stuff like Rear Axle Steering, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport, and electronic roll stabilization. Adaptive air suspension is standard, while wheel sizing is up to 21 inches in diameter.

Out on top of that newly restyled rear end is an extendable, adaptive spoiler, offering three settings for variable levels of rear downforce, making up to 110 pounds to push on the rear axle.

Straight-line performance is similar to the sedan, with the top-spec Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo laying down a 3.4-second 0-to-60 mph time thanks to its 550-horsepower twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8.

And since wagons are known for offering a decent amount of cargo space, I should also point out that the Sport Turismo gets up to 18.4 cubic feet of rear storage with the rear seats up, and 49 cubic feet with the seats folded down.

The 2018 Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo will make its worldwide debut at the Geneva International Motor Show next week, with U.S. deliveries expected by the end of the year. Pricing starts at $96,200 for the base-model 4, and tops out at $154,000 for the Turbo.

Personally, I think it definitely looks like an improvement compared to the old model. What do you guys think? Does the wagon style work for you as well? Let us know in the comments.


PostHeaderIcon Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

Porsche first unveiled the Panamera in 2009, dropping the cover on its four-door’d 911 lookalike at the 13th Auto Shanghai International Automobile Show in China. Drawing its name from the Carrera Panamericana open-road rally from the ‘50s, the Panamera was a clear break from the brand’s sports coupe history. However, like the Cayenne SUV that came before it, the Panamera quickly established itself as one of Porsche’s staple model lines, selling well across several markets, especially in the U.S. To help broaden the sedan’s appeal even further, Porsche introduced the Panamera plug-in hybrid in 2013, followed by a second-gen release in 2016. Now, Stuttgart has introduced another electrified variant called the Turbo S E-Hybrid, and rather than just providing green sensibilities, the hybrid bits make it faster. In fact, with a twin-turbo V-8 and electric motor under the hood, the Turbo S E-Hybrid is the most powerful model to wear a Porsche badge at the moment, save for the 918 Spyder. Pair all that go with four-door comfort, oodles of cabin luxury, and even a long-wheelbase variant, and this thing looks to create a whole new niche all for itself.

And why not? We’re long past the era when hybrid tech was reserved solely for Prius wannabes, and electrified powertrains are now commonplace in both sports cars and in racing. For example, Audi, another VW product, was the first to take top honors at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a hybrid with its R18 E-Tron diesel in 2012. Now Porsche has adopted similar technology for the Panamera, even pulling influences from the uber-fast 918 for inspiration.

Porsche says “the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is another compelling demonstration of the performance advantages of hybrid technology, “ and that it seeks to combine “performance, comfort and efficiency [in] a perfect three-way combination.”

Basically, Porsche is making its surprisingly fast Panamera even faster by adding a fat dose of electrification. And we like that, even if it still looks… well, like a Panamera.

The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid will premiere in the metal at the Geneva International Motor Show early this March, and will also be offered in a long-wheelbase Executive edition. The specs between the Euro-bound model and U.S.-bound model are identical, which leads us to ask – is this thing basically a four-door 918 Spyder?

Continue reading to learn more about the 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.


PostHeaderIcon 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Unveiled

Porsche just unveiled the new head honcho of the Panamera stable, and it just so happens to be a hybrid, marking the very first time an electrified model has lead a Porsche line.

It’s called the Turbo S E-Hybrid, and it uses hybrid technology for moar power. As such, the new Panamera Hybrid replaces the old Panamera hybrid’s six-cylinder with the same boosted V-8 as the Panamera Turbo, yielding 4.0-liters of displacement, plus an electric motor. That means 550 horsepower from the dino juice, plus an extra 136 horsepower from the electric motor. And that means when you put your foot down you’ll enjoy a whopping 680 horsepower and 626 pound-feet of torque, figures only bested by the mighty 918 Spyder when it comes to production vehicles with a Porsche badge.

Not only that, but it also can go a full 50 km (31.1 miles) on battery power alone. Porsche adds that EPA estimates on fuel returns will be posted closer to market launch. But who cares?

Routing the output towards the blacktop is an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, as well as a high-performance AWD system. Performance figures include a 0-to-60 mph time of 3.2 seconds, while top speed is rated at 192 mph. Standard spec includes ceramic brakes, dynamic chassis control, 21-inch wheels, and the Sport Chrono Package.

Inside is a 12.3-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay support, and the latest iteration of the Porsche Communication Management system, plus there’s an app that’ll let you remotely control the battery charging and set the cabin temperature settings. There’s also a long-wheelbase Executive iteration planned, if you’re feeling saucy.

The 2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid will debut in the metal at the Geneva International Motor Show next month. Pricing starts at $184,400 for the standard model, while the Executive will start at $194,800.


PostHeaderIcon The Kia Stinger GT Might Be The Affordable Korean Panamera GTS You've Been Looking For

In my mind, the most exciting thing to debut in Detroit this year has to be the Kia Stinger GT. Based on the brand’s GT Concept car that debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in 2011, as well as the GT4 Stinger concept that debuted in Detroit in 2014, the Stinger GT is a watershed moment for the South Korean automaker. Long story short, this is Kia’s new halo performance machine, and it arrives ready to tangle with some of the most popular European four-doors on the planet. That said, it might seem like a bit of a stretch to put this thing up against a $115K Porsche, right? I mean, have we gone completely loony?!

Woah there, Internet warrior. Put down the keyboard. There’s a method to our madness. While it’s true that any Porsche buyer worth his PDK wouldn’t step within 100 miles of Kia dealership, a gearhead with some 911 wallpaper on his phone making a third as much money a year just might. If there happens to be a few Stinger GT’s waiting for a test drive.

And why not? It’s got a similar body style, and if you get the base model Panamera, straight-line acceleration is roughly the same.

Still… seems like a bit of a stretch, no? Maybe… but maybe not. Continue reading to see what we’re on about.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Panamera Executive

The second-generation Porsche Panamera was unveiled in June 2016 at a special event in Berlin, Germany. The overhauled sedan arrives with an evolutionary design based on the previous model, but gained several 911-like features for added sportiness and a slightly longer and wider body. Inside, it adopted a fresh design with larger screens for the infotainment system and instrument cluster, while the previous V-6 and V-8 engines were replaced with smaller, more efficient units. The hybrid model was also redesigned, while 2016 marked the return of the long-wheelbase Executive version.

The Panamera Executive made its first appearance for the 2014 model year, when the first-generation sedan received its mid-cycle facelift. Offered in various trims, it had a 5.9-inch longer wheelbase and some extra standard equipment on the inside. For 2015, it also spawned an Exclusive Series model with a two-tone paint, bespoke interior, a limited, 100-unit production run, and a highly expensive sticker. At the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Porsche unveiled the second-generation Panamera Executive.

Much like the previous model, the new Executive brings a few extra goodies to the table, as well as the same 5.9 extra inches to the wheelbase, which translate into a more comfortable interior, especially for rear-seat passengers. The elongated sedan is available in four trim levels, including the Panamera 4, 4S, 4 E-Hybrid, and Turbo, all based on the regular models and powered by the same drivetrains. Find out what sets it apart from its predecessor in the review below.

Updated 11/21/2016: We added a series of images taken during the car’s official debut at the 2016 Paris Auto Show.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid Brings Its High-Tech Features to Paris

Unveiled earlier in September 2016, the brand-new Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid just made its official public debut at the Paris Motor Show. Based on the redesigned, second generation Panamera, Porsche’s new hybrid arrived in France with several new features, state-of-the-art technology, and a more powerful drivetrain.

Having already seen the standard Panamera earlier in 2016, the hybrid’s exterior design wasn’t a mystery, but the sedan has plenty of other features to brag out. It’s most important highlight is the new hybrid drivetrain that combines a twin-turbo, 2.9-liter V-6 gasoline engine, an electric motor, and a lithium-ion battery. The combo cranks out 462 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, a 52-horsepower and 81-pound-foot increase over the previous model. Thanks to the extra power, the Panamera E-Hybrid is also more than a half-second quicker from 0 to 60 mph, needing only 4.4 seconds to hit the benchmark, while top speed increased from 168 to 172 mph.

The new drivetrain also makes the Panamera E-Hybrid a better part-time electric car. The sedan can cover 30 miles on electricity alone, while reaching a top speed of 86 mph (up from 20 miles and 84 mph, respectively). The sedan also benefits from a new hybrid module with shorter response times and a larger battery with shorter charging times.

More goodies can be found inside the cabin. First up, the analog rev counter is flanked by two seven-inch screens with bespoke power meters for hybrid operation. The new display function is similar to that used in the Porsche 918 Spyder supercar and provides data such as the amount of electrical energy being used, as well as the amount recovered through the sedan’s regeneration systems. The 12.3-inch touchscreen in the center dashboard also provides access to various items of hybrid-specific information. For instance, there’s a boost assistant that shows the energy available for boosting and a hybrid assistant that emits various visual signals for regulating the electrical drive power.

Look for the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid in dealerships starting 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid

The Porsche faithful had pitchforks and torches in hand when the Panamera debuted, but after a few model years they have come to realize that it is a necessary evil to keep awesome cars like the 911 GT3 and the 918 Spyder in production. Redesigned in 2016, the sedan now sports a revised exterior with 911-inspired cues, a redesigned interior with updated technologies, and more powerful engines. The second-generation also brought a new hybrid model, with a more powerful and efficient drivetrain, into showrooms.

Spied testing in 2015, the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid was unveiled ahead of the 2016 Paris Motor Show and will cross the pond to the U.S. in mid-2017. Once it arrives here, North American drivers will gain access to the fastest and most powerful luxury hybrid on the market and the sportiest looking Panamera to date. Essentially a four-door 911 with a V-6 and an electric motor under the hood, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid has evolved to the point that it can give most Tesla Model S variants a run for their money.

The new Panamera hybrid essentially marks the beginning of a new era, one in which hybrid, efficient drivetrains, luxury features, and sporty designs can be had under the same roof. Keep reading to find out what makes Porsche’s new four-door hybrid special.

Updated 09/12/2016: Porsche dropped a new video featuring the company’s works driver Brendon Hartley behind the wheel of the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. Hit “play” to watch how the hybrid sedan behaves on the racetrack.

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PostHeaderIcon Check Out The Tech In The New Porsche Panamera

Porsche just dropped details on the 2018 Panamera, a four-door that supposedly combines the comfort and practicality of a luxury sedan with the speediness of a thoroughbred sports car. All opinions aside, that kind of combination requires a good deal of technology to make it work correctly, and of course, Porsche says the new Panamera brings the goods. But the question is – does it really?

When it comes to innovation in the pursuit of lap times, Porsche certainly knows what it’s doing. But the Panamera is supposed to be more than a track monster. It’s also supposed to be a mile-munching GT car with some semblance of practicality, which can make for a rather tricky balancing act. Throw in a price tag of $101,040 for the base-model Panamera 4S, and you’re left with one very pricey jack-of-all-trades.

So then – what’s the new Panamera bring to the table in terms of technology, both in the cabin, and under the hood? Read on to find out.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Panamera Wagon – Practical Speed, Or Expensive Façade?

Full disclosure – I love wagons. Hell, I drive one in real life. You know, outside. Any time an automaker produces a wagon instead of another SUC, er I mean SUV, I’m usually one of the first to stand up and shake the ‘ole pompoms. Make the thing fast, and well, I couldn’t be happier. Which should make me a dead ringer for loving the Panamera Wagon, right? Not exactly. For some reason, the upcoming hatch from Stuttgart hasn’t sat right with me. For a while, I wasn’t sure why – yeah, it isn’t “pretty,” but I wouldn’t consider any modern Porsche “pretty,” at least not in the traditional sense. No, the problem here goes deeper. The problem I have isn’t really with the Panamera Wagon, or the way it looks… it’s with the people who would buy such a thing.

I understand the image you’re going for when you buy a Panamera five-door – first off, it’s a Porsche, so you know its fast, and with an MSRP that starts dangerously close to six-figures, it should be comfortable, too. Second, it’s a wagon, so it should be practical, with lots of space for people and things.

From track days to road trips, apexes to Home Depot runs, the Panamera Wagon should do it all. The problem is, it probably won’t.

Sure, the capability will be there, but the people who’ll buy this thing don’t really care about that. The selling point here is image, not reality. The idea that you could drive three hours to the racetrack, post a fast time, then pick up some lumber on the way home is far more important than actually, you know, doing it.

Still with me? Read on to see what I’m talking about.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Panamera Coupe

The Porsche Panamera was introduced in 2009 as Porsche’s first-ever four-door sedan and the first non-SUV, front-engined car since 1995. Much like the Cayenne SUV, the Panamera shares styling cues with the iconic 911, which enables it to stay true to the brand’s heritage, despite being a significant departure from Porsche’s sports car roots. Initially criticized by purists for straying off the company’s path, the Panamera followed in the footsteps of the Cayenne and became a popular choice with luxury car enthusiasts. The sedan carried over unchanged until 2013 when it received a facelift that included minor design changes, a new twin-turbo engine and hybrid model, and a long-wheelbase version.

Ever since the Panamera hit the market there were rumors that Porsche is looking to expand the lineup with several body styles, including a shooting brake and a coupe. While the shooting brake has already been previewed by a concept car and spotted testing as a prototype, the Germans made no official statements about the two-door. Come 2016 and our trusty paparazzi caught an awkward Panamera test car on the move and we might finally have proof that Porsche is indeed looking to launch a large luxury coupe.

Details are still under wraps and some say that these awkward looking prototypes might be mules for the upcoming Continental GT, which will share underpinnings with the second-generation Panamera, but we think Porsche is pulling the trigger on a coupe that will essentially revive the 928. Keep reading to find out more about what it may bring to the table, and stay tuned for updates.

Updated 06/14/2016: Based on the recent spy shots, we decided to create a rendering for the upcoming Panamera Coupe. Let us know what do you think about it in the comments section below.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake Will Make It To U.S. Shores

So far you’ve seen our rendering and the spy shots of the upcoming Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake. Now, less than a month after the last round of spy shots, Automotive News has confirmed that the Panamera Shooting Brake will be coming to the U.S. Of course, this is despite the fact that we Americans don’t show as much interest in Wagons or Hatchbacks as those in other parts of the world.

In a press event at Automotive News, Klaus Zellmer – the CEO of Porsche Cars North America – said, “We have to have some patience for [the wagon] to arrive in the U.S. But, we are confident that this car will be well received here, despite the fact that this country doesn’t really like hatchbacks or wagons.” He didn’t give any specific timeline, but he did acknowledge that it won’t happen in 2017.

If you look back at the timetable for the Panamera Sedan, it debuted last September at the Paris Auto Show and went on sale in Europe shortly afterward. So, even though we don’t have a specific timetable, we know the second-generation Panamera Sedan should make it to the U.S. in 2017. That means that a 2018 debut for the shooting brake isn’t out of the question. For now, all we can do is wait for Porsche to bring the sedan and the shooting brake to the U.S. market. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait until 2019 for the Shooting Brake to cross the pond.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake Will Make It To U.S. Shores

So far you’ve seen our rendering and the spy shots of the upcoming Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake. Now, less than a month after the last round of spy shots, Automotive News has confirmed that the Panamera Shooting Brake will be coming to the U.S. Of course, this is despite the fact that we Americans don’t show as much interest in Wagons or Hatchbacks as those in other parts of the world.

In a press event at Automotive News, Klaus Zellmer – the CEO of Porsche Cars North America – said, “We have to have some patience for [the wagon] to arrive in the U.S. But, we are confident that this car will be well received here, despite the fact that this country doesn’t really like hatchbacks or wagons.” He didn’t give any specific timeline, but he did acknowledge that it won’t happen in 2017.

If you look back at the timetable for the Panamera Sedan, it debuted last September at the Paris Auto Show and went on sale in Europe shortly afterward. So, even though we don’t have a specific timetable, we know the second-generation Panamera Sedan should make it to the U.S. in 2017. That means that a 2018 debut for the shooting brake isn’t out of the question. For now, all we can do is wait for Porsche to bring the sedan and the shooting brake to the U.S. market. Hopefully, we don’t have to wait until 2019 for the Shooting Brake to cross the pond.

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PostHeaderIcon Porsche Panamera Shooting Brake

Four years ago we first saw the Panamera Sport Turismo Concept at the Paris Motor Show. Then, two years later, we learned that the new platform that will underpin the new Panamera will support a number of different body styles, including a production version of the Sport Turismo. Just last month we got our hands on some spy shots of the base-model Panamera testing on the Nürburgring with almost no camouflage. Now, I’m happy to report that we’ve gotten our hands on some shots of the Panamera Shooting Brake as it went through the motions on the Nürburgring.

With the next generation of the Panamera set to make its debut any time now, it’s no surprise that the shooting-brake version was also spotted with almost no camo. The best part is that this lightly covered mule looks strikingly similar to the Sport Turismo Concept. While there is none of that spiral-print camo that we’re so used to seeing on test mules, there is some sheet metal overlay on the rear and the sides to help cover up some distinctive styling. Be that as it may, we still get a pretty good idea of what we’ll be seeing when the Panamera Shooting Brake makes its long-awaited debut.

So, with all of that said, let’s take a closer look at these spy shots and how it compares to the base-model we’ve already seen as well as the 2012 Sport Turismo Concept.

Updated 02/22/2017: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming Porsche Panameera Shooting Brake out for a new testing session, this time during cold winter conditions somewhere in Germany. The car is rumored to be unveiled in Geneva.

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