On April 19th 2009, on the 94th floor of the World Financial Centre in Shanghai, Porsche revealed its newest model to the world's media: the Panamera. Porsche's first four-door saloon, the 'G1' Panamera was designed to deliver "the performance one would expect from a sports car with the luxury and versatility of a touring saloon."
Now, through petrol, diesel, hybrid, manual, automatic, dual-clutch, hatch and estate derivatives, the Panamera has reached 10 years old. It's exceeded sales projections too, which may come as something of a surprise given the initially frosty reception; original forecasts were for 20,000 Panamera sales annually, though over 235,000 have in fact been produced in the past decade.
Notable milestones in Panamera history have included the introduction of hybrid power in 2011 (with 67 per cent of European Panamera sales now hybrid), the second generation G2 model's arrival in 2016 (followed by the Sport Turismo a year later) and that bonkers 7:38 Nurburgring lap by a Turbo. Alright, the last one might not be that significant, but we think it's quite cool.
Despite those initial reservations, praise for the Panamera has been abundant; on these pages various iterations have been called 'mightily impressive' and 'a proper transcontinental missile', as well as having laid down 'a pretty formidable marker in the luxury sector'. Regardless of prevailing attitudes, there's never been much doubt around the Panamera's ability.
And after 10 years on sale, there's no shortage of second-hand Panameras available, should the four-door Porsche itch be one you're keen to scratch. Prices now kick off at a little more than £20k, with the Turbo and much vaunted GTS available for less than £40,000. Further interest in the first generation can be found with this low mileage Turbo, this extremely rare manual S and this red with red (and wood!) Panamera Diesel. Imagine having to submit that specification...
The second gen Panamera is available from just over £60,000 now - this S having covered nearly 40,000 miles in two years - with £75k required for the Diesel S and £80,000 for a Sport Turismo. Naturally, we have a PH Buying Guide, too - it seems that Panamaniacs are spoilt for choice!
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