I like it overall.
Taillights remind me of a Dodge Charger, which to me is a good thing.
It's like a sporty cayenne wagon with some CGT in there. I don't know what took them so long. That would be a car I wouldn't mind driving, unlike the current car which looks devoid of any real charisma. I drove the GTS last week and while it drives nicely, it looks like dog poo.
I think this is awesome. I thought the concept of the Panamera was awesome too, though the execution was a tad bulbous. And while I tend to agree with even my girlfriend - "If you are going to buy a Porsche, buy a Porsche..." - the advent of the Cayenne and Panamera, as much as we may dislike it in concept, have allowed Porsche to grow substantially and create the halo cars we truly drool over (the 918 for example, any of the modern RS variants).
In the end, a consumer previously purchasing a Range Rover Sport, X5, or ML, is now buying a Porsche Cayenne and may ultimately buy a 911 as a result. Car Services previously buying 7-series, S-Classes, or Jags are now opting for a Panamera (though the quite cramped rear limits this in my mind).
Out of all the brands attempting to go up market, or down market, or both, Porsche is succeeding where few have. The Cayman is applauded as possibly being better than the 911. The Cayenne is the best driver's SUV. Beyond them, only BMW has successfully gone down. Merc couldn't make heads or tails of either direction (C-hatchback and Maybach, I'm looking at you).
Now, I own one pretty expensive car but I cannot bring myself to spend that kind of money on a car that I know is going to depreciate so severely. I can't get over how much money down the drain that is, not mention it's going to take its bumps and bruises in daily use, etc. Apparently, though, I'm in the minority because I see tons of people out in these things.
Consequently, Porsche and the others have to really reinvent the wheel in order to get guys like me off the sidelines and hopefully other buyers to jump ship and pay up. The only way I pay that money is because I love the car so much that I have to have it and financial responsibility be damned. Look at what MB just did to their whole line up? Look at I just can't imagine loving a mass market car that much that I can't wait a few years for it to depreciate.
Anyways, just my thoughts, sorry for the rant.
That's my point.
The Cayenne, Boxster/Cayman, and Panamera may have affected some wierd perception people have of Porsche - but that's it. They still build awesome 911s from the base Carrera to the GT3 and GT2. The non-911s have kept the 911s going, people don't seem to understand that.
Yeah, as a former Mazda6 5-Door owner, I Dig It™. Love me some big hatchbacks.
Calling this a "wagon" is taking some liberties.
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I did it and it was one of the best two days of my life. All expenses paid. they flew me from Toronto to the track. Put me up in a 5 star hotel with an excellent meal and then I spent a whole day driving Porsches around the track, off road and on a skid pad.
Launched a 997TTS hard 5 times, drove a Cayenne though an off road obstacle course, drove a Spyder around a skid pad and then a Cayman, Panamera Turbo S, 997 S and 997 GTS around a track all day long.
Anyway, the 991 starts at $82,000 and the Panamera starts at $75,000 not $100,000 as you say.
If you want to add on $18,000 - $25,000 worth of options you can do so and call it a $100,000+ car but gimme a break, you can have it nicely done up with just $5K of options.
Not to mention, the U.S. is the CHEAPEST market to get a Porsche in the whole world.
Yes cars are getting more expensive. A VW CC is $30K a GTI R is $33K. Porsche is still an incredible value.