Four Becomes Two? Porsche's Panamera Said to Shed Doors

four becomes two porsches panamera said to shed doors

Porsche’s Panamera, the four-door liftback that broke the Porsche passenger car mold, is ready to remold itself yet again, reports claim.

In response to BMW’s resurrected 8 Series grand tourer, rival minds in Stuttgart have a plan afoot to convert the Panamera into a two-door vehicle with a choice of roof options. Given the era in which we live, it feels almost foreign reporting on a non-SUV becoming a coupe.

German media reports (summarized by Autocar ) claim development of a two-door Panamera is relatively far advanced, and that we might see the final product next year. Both coupe and cabriolet offerings are in the works, the reports state.

In culling the Panamera’s rear doors and chopping its top, Porsche would have an alternative to the 8 Series and other high-end grand tourers, though 911 buyers might also be persuaded to give up rear-engine snobbery in favor of boosted interior volume and cargo volume.

Porsche doesn’t deny a plan is underway, but doesn’t confirm it, either. Speaking to Autocar, Porsche design boss Michael Mauer, who penned the original Panamera, didn’t spill any beans.

“As a designer there are no limits to what I can conceive. I believe it is the design department’s role to sketch and consider every model it can for the future so that we are ready should anyone wish to pursue a project,” Mauer said. “But if you are asking me to confirm if such projects are on the way then you are going to be disappointed. It is not my role to consider such things.”

Sources claim the new vehicle will ride on a shortened version of the Panamera’s platform and likely won’t carry the Panamera name. Powertrain options would be carryovers from the four-door. Should this come to pass, it wouldn’t be the first time Porsche massaged the Panamera into a new form. See the model’s Sport Turismo variant as Exhibit A.

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  • Tele Vision Tele Vision on Apr 25, 2019

    My sister looked at the Panamera with a serious intent to buy. She then went with a used Range Rover Autobiography(?!) and a used 911 Carrera with a stick ( good girl ), probably for similar money as the then-new Panamera.

  • Ajla Ajla on Apr 25, 2019

    The only Panamera I was ever really into was the prior gen GTS trim. That one was RWD and used a naturally-aspirated V8 rated with 425hp@6700. It looks like everything is an AWD torque monster now aside from the very base version. But at an $86K starting price, it's out of my range anyway. So it's all just internet whimsy.

  • AndyinMA I like these a lot, of course they will sell.
  • KOKing My parents bought 2 new Datsuns By Nissan during this time, albeit neither was a 810 (81 510 2dr 4sp and 82 720KC 5sp). A schoolmate's dad had the 810 diesel. Nowadays the crankshaft from one is the most valuable at $1-1.5k as they're used to make strokers for Z cars.
  • ScarecrowRepair I've seen both "Magentic" and "Magnetic", as you have here. Which is it?
  • TyL As listed actually.
  • Ajla I assume these will be Lincoln Black Label style "themes" rather than trims. "Celestiq Mist" sounds like a something from a skin treatment infomercial in 1998.
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