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The Porsche Panamera To Get Longer

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On: Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 2:13PM | By: Chris Weiss

The Porsche Panamera To Get Longer

For many red-blooded Porsche fans, the Panamera is already too big. After all, what kind of a true Porsche has four doors? But for actual Panamera buyers, the sedan isn't quite big enough, making for scrunched legs and uncomfortable rides in the back seat. And since the Panamera has been one of Porsche's most successful vehicles of late, Porsche is listening to the latter crowd. According to an Autocar report, Stuttgart is developing a stretched-out Panamera to appease voices in the North American and Chinese markets that feel the rear cabin is too small.

The longer Panamera will sit on a wheelbase of around 3,040 mm, up from the 2,920 mm of the current Panamera. All of those extra millimeters will be put toward extending the rear door and framework, a move that will make entry and exit easier and will give rear passengers extra room.

From the sound of Autocar's report, Porsche plans to offer both the longer wheelbase Panamera and the standard Panamera in select markets, like the United States. The stretched version will launch alongside the second-generation Panamera next year.

Indications are that due to work on the extended wheelbase Panamera, as well as hybrid and diesel versions of Porsche's sedan, rumored Panamera derivatives like a convertible and hatchback are being put on hold.

A "high-ranking Porsche official" told Autocar: "We’ve decided to wait until the second-generation model before adding alternative bodystyles. We’re already flat out meeting demand for a single bodystyle as it is."

I suppose since the Porsche four-door is already out there, Porsche may as well make it as attractive and comfortable to buyers as possible.


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