The 2010 Panamera: Porsche goes sedan?

Raising a big fuss at this year's Shanghai Auto Show, the Panamera marks Porsche's first foray into the world of sporty sedans. Today's video looks at the inside and outside of this intriguing automobile.

I was doing research for last week's blog about the gas guzzlin' class of 2010 automobiles, and along the way I had read some not-so-positive notes about the 2010 Porsche Cayenne GTS and its rather low gas to mileage ratio. That's too bad; it looks nice on the outside.

Also along the way I began picking up some articles about the 2010 Porsche Panamera, which reportedly marks the German auto maker's first stab at designing and manufacturing a sedan. But if you're thinking that Porsche has traded in horsepower for childproof locks and wood panels, you couldn't be farther away from the truth.

What Porsche has done with the Panamera is put together a sedan with a faux-hatchback rear that still maintains Porsche's signature body style and plenty of kick under the hood. The basic Panamera's V8 revs up in the neighborhood of 400 or so horses, but the twin turbo is said to clock in at more than 500 horsepower--try that in your station wagon! And don't forget about the Panamera's 28 luxury options all at your fingertips. Price tag? I'll let you speculate on that; all I know is I can't afford it.

This exceptional Web video comes from the car geeks at Edmunds.com as they have fun-fun-fun on the Autobahn along the beautiful Bavarian mountains. The driving environment is almost as breathtaking as seeing the Panamera hugging the curves and blasting through the fog. You can tell by the headlights that it's a Porsche, but only once it passes would you say to yourself, "Whoa, was that a Porsche with four doors? Is the world off its axis or what?" Stranger things have happened my friend, so just sit back and enjoy the ride.

 

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