Friday, December 18, 2015

Friday Car Pr0n #109

Okay, so this week kinda got away from me. Looks like the weekly car pr0n is the only post this week, sorry...


2009 Porsche Panamera. I really, really, REALLY hate this car. It's not just that it's a four-door Porsche (which is an abomination unto Nuggan in and of itself), but that it's just so poorly done. I mean, look at it. It looks like a Nissan Maxima -- which is a perfectly decent car, but it's not a Porsche, plain and simple.

The Cayenne was bad enough, but at least there was precedent for a supercar company making an SUV. In fact, I mentioned it before - the Lamborghini LM. There's no Lambo sedan. Or Ferarri, for that matter. The closest you get is the Maserati Quattroporte, but that's starting to get into the lower tiers.

Look, I understand what Porsche was doing branching out. For the longest time, they had two, maybe three vehicles in their line at any given moment. There was an "entry level" vehicle (that cost double what a comparable Japanese car would cost at 1/10th the reliability), a 911 variant, and some form of supercar. If you weren't in the market for a two door sportscar, you looked elsewhere. It's smart business to branch out into the super-hot SUV market, and once the line expanded, to move it to sedans.

Doesn't mean we have to like it...

That is all.

9 comments:

Lupis42 said...

The best thing about the Panemara is that it isn't quite as ugly as the Cayenne. That's about all it has going for it. If I was given one tomorrow, I'd try to trade it. Unfortunately, the idiocy is catching on - http://www.astonmartin.com/en-us/cars/rapide-s

The Quatroporte felt more like a shot across Mercedes/BWM's nose than a four door version of a Maserati sports car. Somehow, the styling felt less like "big fat version of sports car that wants to pretend it can keep up", and more "leaner, meaner limo", which makes it much more attractive to me, for reasons that are almost certainly silly.

Chris in TX said...

I think the Aston Martin Rapide is about the prettiest of the 4-door supercars, but even that doesn't look quite right.

Lambo DID make a concept 4-door, the Estoque, but I never saw anything of it apart from a 2 minute bit on Top Gear. Not a bad looking car, but front-engined IIRC

Anonymous said...

Perhaps not series production, but:
Google "Ferrari Pinin" or "Ferrari 456 Venice Estate Speciale"

For the record, one thing the hunchback of Zuffenhausen has going for it is: the back seat it usable by adults.

Ted said...

But you still haven't driven any of them. I'd suggest you do that before you trash any of the non 911 variants. They are much better than you realize.

............ Also without the extended lineup ( which sells out consistently ) there would be no 911's. All those soccer moms buying Cayannes and Sales VPs buying Panameras keep Porsche afloat. Now highly profitable.

........ And test drive a Cayanne GTS About as close as you can get to Track Day SUV

Chris in TX said...

Anon:

That Pinin looks like a late '90's Lexus has sex with a K-car in the back of a low rider. Ye Gods.

abnormalist said...

@Ted, "........ And test drive a Cayanne GTS About as close as you can get to Track Day SUV" I've always said "I really want a track day SUV" right before I said "No thank you barman, I think I've had enough"



Bradley said...

@abnormalist, the Chevy Trailblazer SS is another damn good Track Day SUV, had a buddy with one in Germany, and you shock the hell out of Germans when you pass them, most German cars are speed limited to 155mph(some lower) and the Trailblazer SS does every bit of 200mph, it takes a while to get up there, but it will get there.

Mark Matis said...

With them lights a-flashing and that horn a-blowing enthusiastically as one thunders down the Autobahn, eh, Bradley?
}:-]

Gregg Collins said...

I really really REALLY like the Panemera. It is the direction Porsche(2 syllables) needs to be going. It is not realistic to think that all Porsches need to be air cooled and rear engined. Limiting them selves to the antique 911 format would eventually drive them out of business.