Porsche To Develop Longer Wheelbase Version Of Panamera

The Porsche Panamera is about to be stretched out, as the German automaker is developing a long-wheelbase version of the performance sedan.

One of the best, and at the same time ugliest, sedans on the road is about to get longer. That’s right, according to a few rumors; Porsche is developing a longer wheelbase Panamera for the North American and Chinese markets.

The report comes to us from Autoweek and states that with this new version, which is not due until 2012, Porsche will be able to cater to those who require a little extra space in the rear. Not sure why one would want that, but nonetheless, there are those that do.

The report states that Porsche is planning to increase the current 115-inch wheelbase by five inches to a total of 120-inches. This expansion effort will mean larger rear doors and a larger entryway into the vehicle, making the task of entering and exiting much easier for adults. Let’s just hope it doesn’t spoil the handling.

There have been numerous other rumors circulating about the Panamera of late, including some that suggest a shooting-brake version and a four-door convertible, which seems unlikely. These two versions, if they exist, won’t see the light of day until at least 2015 when the next-generation Panamera is launched.

“We've decided to wait until the second-generation model before adding alternative body styles,” a high-ranking Porsche official told AutoWeek. “We're already flat-out meeting demand for a single body style as it is.”

As for the long-wheelbase Porsche Panamera, that version should be here around 2012. In the meantime, Porsche will be readying the gasoline-electric hybrid sedan and the diesel version of the Panamera. The hybrid version is slated to be shown at the Geneva Motor Show.

The Porsche Panamera packs three engine options at the moment, a 3.6-liter V6, 4.8-ltier V8 and a 493 horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8. The latter model can hit 60 miles per hour in just 4.0 seconds and on to a top speed of 188 miles per hour.

[Autoweek]


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