Two months after production for the all-new 2017 Porsche Panamera commenced, the final, first-generation Porsche Panamera has rolled off the production line in Leipzig, Germany.
The first generation Porsche Panamera has faced more than its fair share of criticism over the last seven years. Condemned by Porsche purists and the casual onlooker alike for its bloated, disproportionate shape, the Porsche Panamera may not have won any beauty contests, but for those who drove one, it did win hearts. The Panamera helped to broaden the appeal of Porsche and was a sales success in the rapidly expanding Chinese automotive market.
Director of manufacturing at the Porsche Leipzig plant, Dirk Kolar spoke fondly of the Panamera, “”With the launch of Panamera in 2009, we tapped into a completely new segment. The sports saloon has gone on to both define and inspire us“.
The final example of the first generation is a blue Panamera GTS., capable of sprinting to 100km/h in 4.3sec and onto a top speed of 288km/h- not bad for a 1925kg four door family saloon.
Australian deliveries for the 2017 Porsche Panamera are expected to commence at the start of 2017 with the range kicking off at $304,200 for the petrol powered Panamera 4S.