Next-gen Porsche Panamera still 911’s frumpy four-seat cousin

You may be more accustomed to our exclusive spy shots of 911 Turbos and next-gen 991s but, here at Total 911 we get to see a lot of the latest Porsches before anyone else thanks to our European-based spy photographers.

This means that this morning, when we opened our email inbox, these spy photos of the next generation Porsche Panamera were sat waiting for us.

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Normally, we wouldn’t be interested (after all, it’s not a Porsche 911) but for those who like frumpy four-seaters from Zuffenhausen, the Panamera is the car for you – even if it does sometimes looks like a stretched version of our beloved sports car.

The new Panamera looks set to take a few more styling cues from the Porsche 911, especially around the rear end where the bumper treatment looks especially familiar, as do the camoflauged rear lights.

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At the front end, the lights and bonnet (hiding either the newly-developed V6 or V8 engines) look more reminiscent of the latest Macan and Cayenne SUV models, with possibly a hint of 991 around the air intakes.

Still, despite the best efforts of Zuffenhausen’s styling team, we can’t help but think (from it’s side-on profile) the Porsche Panamera still looks overly long and frumpy, as if a 911 has been stretched to its limits in the quest for an extra set of doors.

What do you think of the new Panamera? Does the frumpy four-seater lessen the Porsche brand? Or are you happy as long as the 911 is still produced? Get involved in the comments below, or via Facebook and Twitter.

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