The Porsche Panamera sedan has proven its true Porsche sports car heritage by racing and winning against some very tough competition from Cadillac, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. This should enhance sales, and proves that Porsche has another winner in this high performance four-door which is a worthy addition to the high end luxury performance segment. The more competition and innovation the better, as it will send other manufacturers back to the drawing boards, or computer screens; and we may see other innovative high performance four door sedans coming into the market if the Panamera continues its success. It's time that a luxury automobile that will carry four in comfort and at speed with Porsche's legendary handling and power came into the automotive marketplace.
Hats off to Porsche for having the foresight and guts to bring a fine automobile like the Panamera out during a global economic recession. The four door sedan market has long been the most profitable for automakers, and the Panamera will likely increase Porsche's market share in the luxury/performance segment. As for styling, the Panamera may appear slightly bulky, but its aerodynamics are good enough to win on the race track, and yet it can carry tall passengers in comfort in the rear seats, and their luggage, too. This is a difficult challenge to overcome, and Porsche seems to have figured out the formula. Adjustable ride/performance settings make it both a luxury cruiser and curve devouring sport sedan, with sports car handling potential.
Having tried my hand at automotive design, I know the inherent difficulty in maintaining the fluidity of the front end and rear end aerodynamics of a ports car platform, and keeping sports car handling character, while allowing the space for four doors and two added passengers. I believe the integrity of the Panamera's design will prove to be long lasting and functional as well as beautiful in the sense that it is a sedan, not a two door sports car; but it has the genuine Porsche feel and soul. Purists may say that it isn’t a real Porsche, but I can't wait to drive one. The black one I saw freshly unloaded from a truck sure looked great. I have always loved Porsches, and the Panamera looks like a winner all the way.