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Porsche Proves That Ugly Doesn’t Matter, As Long As She Cooks

Posted in auto industry, Car Buying, Cars, Luxury Cars, Porsche by Kurt Ernst | September 11th, 2010 | 7 Responses |

Ever since the Porsche Panamera debuted, I’ve seen and heard nothing but criticism about the car’s looks. Journalists have universally panned the design, and every single car fan I’ve spoken to equates the Panamera to such design classics as the Pontiac Aztec and the Suzuki X90. It’s not quite scare-the-kids-and -make-the-dog-hide ugly, but I don’t think that the Porsche Panamera graces very many teen bedroom walls.

Someone is buying Panameras, though, since Carscoop tells us that Porsche has shipped some 22,500 units worldwide since sales began. The bulk of the sales have been the sensible Panamera 4S model, but sales of the Panamera Turbo are surprisingly robust despite the car’s $133,000 plus asking price . To no one’s surprise, the lower cost six cylinder version has racked up sales of nearly 2,400 units since its launch a few weeks back.

Maybe buying a Panamera is like that freaky cabbage-and-high-heel fetish you have. You’re not comfortable admitting to it in public, but when the lights go down you crank the freak knob to 12 in your stilettos and shredded-cabbage-filled-bathtub (not that I’m judging, by the way). Some things just feel too good to quit, regardless of what others may think of you, and I suspect that driving a Panamera is much like that.

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7 Responses

  1. TMINUS NYC says:

    Love the Panamera. Surprisingly rigid for a 4 door. Drive it one day, and if you’re a driver, you’ll love it to.

  2. SNAK3 says:

    Looks better in person imo

  3. Shahroz says:

    im sure it’s a pleasure to drive, but it just looks….rather confused

  4. Set says:

    I kind of like it. It looks sleek and expensive. The only reason I don’t like it is because it says Porsche. Same reason I don’t like the Cayenne. Porsche makes coupes. Keep it that way.

  5. Kurt says:

    I agree that the Panamera doesn’t photograph well; in fact, the overhead oblique angle is about the only way to make the sedan look good.

    Tminus, I’m sure you’re correct and the Panamera is a superb driver. If I had the need for a fast sedan and had the money in the bank, I’d at least test drive one. I care far more about how a car behaves than about how it looks.

  6. nospaces says:

    Its 100 times more attractive in person.

  7. L says:

    I thought it was pretty fug until I saw one in person. The rear seating is terrific too. It’s hard to think of it as a true Porsche though, but it seems more “Porsche-y” than the Cayenne at least.