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Porsche’s anticipated fourth model line has a name: Panamera. Registered by Porsche at the same time as the Cayman moniker it is applying to the upcoming Boxster-based coupe, the new name is expected to grace a concept version of the car, which insiders describe as a combination of coupe and sedan, at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

Due out in 2008, the Panamera has been conceived as successor to the 928. Designed with space for four adults, it is also tipped to come clothed in a four-door body in a move that will pitch it into direct competition with cars like the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Maserati Quattroporte.

Secrecy surrounds the mechanical basis for the new car, though the Stuttgart rumor mill suggests Porsche chairman Wendelin Wiedeking has forged links with Volkswagen on a new rear-wheel-drive platform program in a move similar to that undertaken with the Cayenne and Touareg. Volkswagen chairman Bernd Pischetsrieder is interested in adding a new rear-wheel-drive model to the Volkswagen lineup between the Passat and Phaeton, and after the recent breakdown in talks with Maserati, it seems additional cooperation with Porsche may be in the cards.

Power for the new car is set to come from the same 4.5-liter V8 engines as those offered on the Cayenne. They include a naturally aspirated version with 340 hp and a turbo_charged unit with 450 hp. An even more powerful model with more than 500 hp is also in the pipeline. Up to 20,000 examples of the Panamera are expected to roll annually from Porsche’s Leipzig factory in Germany, where it will be produced alongside the Cayenne.
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horrendously ugly. It looks like a 928 rear end, M-B CLS body with a 996 front :barf:
 

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chop top Saab.

and why wouldnt they just build off a modified Bentley GT frame if they are teaming up with VW and comp?
 

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First the cayenne and now this...


at least they are both made at the same plant, one bomb and they will both be gone.
 

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AZmkiii said:
First the cayenne and now this...

at least they are both made at the same plant, one bomb and they will both be gone.
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Porsche should stop trying to work into other segments. If that car was a coupe, it would be OK. We don't need an RX-8 killer. The 928 wasn't a great seller, but a decent GT car none the less. The later models had insane, top of the class brakes. Wait until one day Porsche unveils a sedan. That car is already halfway there.
 

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What's happening to Porsche? I used to consider them up there with Ferrari and Lamborghini, now they seem more like Volvo or Mercedes. They seem more interested in selling their cars to soccer moms than to sport car enthusiasts. It's a shame. :(

At least they still make amazing cars like the Turbo and Carrera GT :)
 
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I will personally castrate any moron who buys such a disgusting thing.
 

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Greg Bielawski said:
What's happening to Porsche? I used to consider them up there with Ferrari and Lamborghini, now they seem more like Volvo or Mercedes. They seem more interested in selling their cars to soccer moms than to sport car enthusiasts. It's a shame. :(

At least they still make amazing cars like the Turbo and Carrera GT :)

I saw somebody on TV one day that worked for Porsche and said the reason they are designing SUVs and such now is that they "are a business trying to make money." Or something like that, and they are definately banking off of the Cayenne.
 
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Ick, it looks like the result of a chimpanzee shit throwing contest.

This is a little off topic, did anybody else hear a rumor of a V8 powered 997 to replace the current GT2, 996 Turbo models?
 
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