The last of Porsche’s first grand tourer
It was 2009 when for the first time Porsche aficionados across the world got to see a brand new platform from German carmaker. When the Porsche Panamera was launched in 2009, the whole world went into shock about how weird the new car looked. It was a mix bag of feelings for most as it took the best design bits of the company’s 911 range and splattered them over a grand touring body. But as we all know by now, the first generation Panamera was quite a significant step for Porsche. It was quite a seller, so much so that in a couple of months we are expected to see the completely new second generation car on the roads.
Today, the final unit of the first generation Porsche Panamera rolled off the company’s production line in Leipzig, Germany, officially marking its end after a total production run of over 160,000 units between 2009 and 2016.
The Porsche Panamera’s two-stage spoiler at speed
The second generation Panamera which should start rolling into the market by end of September 2016 is a complete redesign from the first generation model. It’s longer, sleeker and takes even more styling clues from the current 911, specially at the back. Along with its completely new modular platform design, the new 2017 Porsche Panamera will also get the rear-wheel steering first seen on the Porsche 911, and two turbochargers that would spool up a juicy 550bhp of power on the higher-spec 4.0-litre V8. The new Panamera would also feature a very fancy two-stage spoiler which spits apart creating larger surface area for maximum downforce.