Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Toledo, Ohio, USA
Ferrari Life Posts: 465
I don't particularly care for the Panamera; I don't care for the styling, and I don't care for the idea of a "sports sedan". If I'm going to own a 4-door sedan or saloon, it's going to be all about comfort and luxury. Like . . . a Vanden Plas.
It's a philosophical thing for me: If I want a sports car, I want to go all out, no compromises. Four seats and a large boot compromise the intrinsic purpose of a sports car. Taking a large car that can carry four or five people in comfort is inherently at odds with the concept of sports car. So anything that tries to be both is just not for me.
With that said, I disagree with people who blabber about "watering down the marque" or "ruining the brand"* when talking about Porsche's SUV and sedan. Porsche has built all kinds of weird vehicles since the 1950s, including a small number of what amount to an SUV. The people who think Porsche is all about 911 Turbos and Carrera GTs don't have a clue. With the hopes of not sounding too cheeky, I'll repeat the often repeated sentiment that what Porsche is all about is excellence. They build excellent machinery by any standard. I'm sure the Panamera is just that. And if Porsche grow to become a major auto maker by continuing to diversify their lineup, then more power to them.
* I've never seen the word "brand" used so much in my life when referring to actual products as when I read the posts of the idiots on FerrariChat. They are so hooked on marketing that they think everything is about the "brand". They have no cognition or regard whatsoever for the product and its actual qualities. ugh.
1980 308 GTBi