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Porsche Panamera Spied in San Francisco

 Porsche Panamera Spied in San Francisco
Porsche Panamera spy photos

Latest round of spy photos catches the Porsche Panamera nearly undisguised in San Francisco.

With the official site now live and the introduction drawing close, Porsche seems to have let the security surrounding the Panamera four-door sedan relax a bit. Flickr user Hysterical Bertha caught a nearly undisguised Panamera prowling the streets of San Francisco recently. Apart from some black tape and a bit of chrome tape to change the greenhouse lines, the vehicle in the photos appears to be a production-ready Panamera. The lines are by now familiar to Porschephiles and all of the enthusiasts waiting eagerly, nervously or cynically for the car to debut in Geneva in March 2009.


Current speculation calls for powerplants to be shared with the Cayenne, giving the rear-drive Panamera a choice of 385- or 500-horsepower 4.8 liter V8 engines under the hood.

Source: Jalopnik
Published Oct 20, 2008 5:01 pm By Christopher Jackson

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peterjames7
i didn't like this car, but i just seen a pic on autoexpress and i hate to admit it but if it looks like this it might be alright http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/news/autoexpressnews/229926/porsche_saloon_reveals_all_or_does_it.html just when i look at these pics though the rear looks squarer which works but we'll just have to see when the bring it out we wont we.
Oct 23, 2008 8:12 am
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lucifa
just wondering, when was this thing first spied? it'd be at least two years ago, surely?
Oct 22, 2008 12:11 pm
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Aesthetics
completely unimpressive, ugly even, but it is a mule. seems that whenever porsche puts 2 more doors it destroys everything
Oct 22, 2008 11:36 am
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Pentium
it's not the final look, but I like it :D
Oct 21, 2008 10:41 pm
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benz_man
After studying the rear closely and separating the real vehicle lines from the camo, this car is gonna look stunning. I'm excited about the final reveal. Should make a lot of people feel foolish for their uninformed responses though.
Oct 21, 2008 7:33 pm
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mmr66
hi guys i have exclusive spy photos of the new rolls royce phantom how can i send them to the editors of wcf can anyone tell me how this is my email mmr44444@hotmail.com
Oct 21, 2008 3:34 pm
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lucifa
the front looks fine - the official revealed photos show that they managed to pull off the stretched 911 look really well. that back end though... it just doesn't look natural. it looks like a wagon trying to be a coupe - if it had an elongated rear end it'd probably look fine but this just doesn't work for me...
Oct 21, 2008 1:57 pm
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xarlyn
The rear... sometimes i like it and sometimes i hate it... but the true is very different to the other options you have in the market...
Oct 21, 2008 1:53 pm
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booost
Repeating what I said earlier, its something to consider: "Heard from a very reliable source that this car in the flesh is a LOT prettier than the spy photos have everyone imagine. Apparently it's gorgeous."
Oct 21, 2008 1:48 pm
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AG4
I remember a lot of people said the Cayenne was ugly... then it became one of Porsche's best selling models. I'll wait for the official photos with zero camo before I judge the styling of the car. Now i'd like to see the rumored "new" 928 2+2 GT car that could be based on the Panamera's platform.
Oct 21, 2008 12:00 pm
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evo82
yeah i still think the cayenne is ugly as hell
Oct 21, 2008 10:30 pm
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Pentium
evo82, maybe it's not the most good looking SUV on earth...but sure it's the most interesting to drive :)
Oct 21, 2008 10:39 pm
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evo82
ever driven a Q7 ?
Oct 22, 2008 12:10 am
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DeleteThisAccount
Please! Reconsider the design!
Oct 21, 2008 11:16 am
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TTSE
Both the side and rear look terrible! The front is too ordinary. This car will definitely be a burden for Porsche during the global financial crisis. Good luck!
Oct 21, 2008 7:51 am
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peterjames7
this is one FUGLY car, the rear just doesnt work for some reason it reminds me of a peugeot i dont know why, one of there crazy conepts from the past few years dont know why....
Oct 21, 2008 7:06 am
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mortz
Now i know why they keep the general design concept for all there cars, because they cant design anything that looks remotely different and that looks good, it might take a while to get used too, just hope we don't see it next to the cayman s, well thats my opinion
Oct 21, 2008 3:57 am
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atlpardi
The Panamera is way out of its league it terms of design, if it wants to compete with the Aston Martin and the CLS. I am guessing they are going for the Aston Martin performance for a price slightly more than a CLS, maybe???
Oct 21, 2008 3:40 am
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m555david
the roofline is just so hideous. camouflage or no camouflage, you can clearly see how roofline ends in the back cutting any notion of flow in this design. Given that lately Porsche has done an awesome job with their design, i think this may be their ugly duck of the family. not a Big deal, everybody has them. I mean this car supposed to be slotted somewhere between still gorgeous CLS and even more gorgeous Aston Martin. and when you look at the choices available, somehow word "Porsche" escapes me.
Oct 21, 2008 3:12 am
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chris25
I wonder what will happen when this car is done, how the porsche tuners like RUF, Rinspeed etc will tune this car. Can it get more uglier than this or something else.
Oct 21, 2008 2:46 am
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Airbag
Cayenne plus Cayman equals.
Oct 21, 2008 2:37 am
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evo82
what a mess! seriously. even if there are some covered parts you can tell the overall shape looks f**ked up. This is was happens if you try to make a 4 door 911. Everybody is so used to the 911 shape that you simply can't do it right. it is almost looking comical.
Oct 21, 2008 1:46 am
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NuJazz
This car sucks!!!.... i'm a porsche fan and no matter what you say this car is simply ugly
Oct 21, 2008 1:30 am
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