Ruf Super-Sizes The Porsche Panamera For China


The Ruf Porsche Panamera XL. Image: Ruf China

The Ruf Porsche Panamera XL. Image: Ruf China

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The Chinese market is a significant one for Porsche, accounting for more than half its sales in Asia. Last year Porsche delivered 24,340 vehicles in China, representing an increase of nearly 65 percent from 2010.

While Porsche offers a variety of vehicles, ranging from roadsters to SUVs to full-blown supercars, it lacks a long-wheelbase Panamera model to compete with the likes of the BMW 740iL and the Audi A8L.

Since Porsche doesn’t offer such a model in China, Porsche tuner Ruf now does, according to Autoblog. Dubbed the Ruf Panamera XL, the car is based on a V-8 Panamera S, stretched nearly 16 inches, with the wheelbase growing by just over 14 inches.

As you’d guess, the weight of the car goes up, too, with the Ruf XL gaining roughly 345 pounds in the conversion. Power seems to be up, but only slightly, with the Ruf XL gaining 14 horsepower and seven pound-feet of torque.

Porsche is keeping a close eye on Ruf XL sales, since if the model proves popular a Zuffenhausen-built stretch Panamera is a distinct possibility in the not-too-distant future. Whether that’s good news or bad news is entirely up to you.

The Ruf Porsche Panamera XL. Image: Ruf China

The Ruf Porsche Panamera XL. Image: Ruf China

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Comments (9)
  1. ah dame they lost all their magic with this and the Cayenne. dont get me wrong it handles well i drove it a few times. but it looks like well you know.

  2. @Enzo, believe it or not, the Cayenne and Panamera are the two best-selling vehicles in Porsche's lineup.

  3. yea i know but am not too happy about that.

  4. next model will be amazing. Jsut like the current Cayenne smashes the previous version to pieces so will the next Panamera.

    oh can anyone else see a slight similarity to a Dodge Magnum with it being stretched? maybe they should go for a 4 door shooting break style by angling the roof line to be slightly more upright ?? haha just a thought

  5. @WizardsLore, I can see a bit of the Magnum in the Panamera XL. I had a chance to drive a friend's Magnum SRT8 in last year's One Lap Of America, and I'd call the uber-wagon the best road trip car, ever.

  6. @ Kurt, its a shame you never got to sample the Holden Commodore Sportwagon in the States. Think the Pontiac G8 with all the trimmings then give it an edgy angled hatch on the back and you have the Sportswagon. That is a cruising behemoth that smaashes the Dodge due to being much much lighter with the same engine from he ZR1 Corvette.
    when the nexxt gen Commodore comes out GM should be falling over themselves to import it. with a full range of sedans to cater for budget drivers up to luxo barges, sports wagons, and Utes. it would be a massive success stateside. same as the Falcon range. ive said before i dont care much for the 2 cars, but it always astounded me that they werent imported as the US were screaming for a big fun sedan.

  7. @WizardsLore, we did get the Commodore (briefly) in the U.S., badged as the Pontiac G8. The biggest engine we got was the 6.2 liter LS3, good for 415 horsepower.

    When Pontiac was killed off, so was the G8. It's back in the U.S. now, but "for police use only," badged as the Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle.

  8. actually the car you get called the Caprice is the Statesman / Caprice long wheel base version of the Commodore. It is about a good metre and half longer. and comes standard with the 6.2 LS3. We actually had a small run in Oz of commodores running the LS7 7.0 427hp. the same thats in the Ltd Ed Corvette

  9. @ Kurt, its a shame you never got to sample the Holden Commodore Sportwagon in the States. Think the Pontiac G8 with all the trimmings then give it an edgy angled hatch on the back and you have the Sportswagon. That is a cruising behemoth that smaashes the Dodge due to being much much lighter with the same engine from he ZR1 Corvette.
    when the nexxt gen Commodore comes out GM should be falling over themselves to import it. with a full range of sedans to cater for budget drivers up to luxo barges, sports wagons, and Utes. it would be a massive success stateside. same as the Falcon range. ive said before i dont care much for the 2 cars, but it always astounded me that they werent imported as the US were screaming for a big fun sedan.

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