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Porsche teases new Panamera ahead of August 26 debut

Porsche has shown off lightly camouflaged versions of the new Panamera ahead of its debut.

Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

It’s not a classic coupe and it’s not a formidable SUV. The oft-forgotten but appealing Porsche Panamera is due for generational change. The new Panamera will debut on August 26, 2020.

Porsche promises that the “core features of the second generation” will be held to in the new, third generation. It’s likely to continue to have sports car-like performance and at least one hybrid powertrain option - all in a saloon car package.

Third-generation Porsche Panamera The car blends Porsche car styling with saloon car design.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

We already know what to expect of the Panamera, at least visually, thanks to a series of photos the company distributed during testing periods over the last few weeks.

Earlier this month, Porsche test driver Lars Kern completed a full lap of the Nürburgring Nordschleife over a distance of 20.832 kilometres in 7:29.81 minutes. The certified time now stands as a record in the executive cars category, clocking in 13 seconds faster than the current-gen Panamera when it attempted the feat four years ago.

A teaser video of the new model released to the media shows classic Panamera design lines on the back end, illuminated by strong, swooping LED taillights, much like the rest of the Porsche car family. Its haunches are prominent while its side mirrors have a sharp, modern outline.

Its front clearly takes its design nod from the current-gen Panamera and all other Porsche models (design consistency is a key feature of the brand). LED headlights shine brightly down the road while dual-band LED fog lights sit below, embedded in the front fascia.

Third-generation Porsche Panamera Wide haunches, a wing, and a horizontal spanning LED taillight bar are characteristics of the rear of the Panamera.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Air vents appear to sit on the sides of the model and a wing that deploys on the back. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires developed especially for the new Panamera and used for the record lap will be available when the model goes on sale to the public.

Inside, the Panamera is getting the freshest version of a Porsche steering wheel.

The biggest mystery about what is coming in the Panamera is in regard to its powertrain. Porsche is putting more of an emphasis on electrification than ever before so it wouldn’t be surprising to hear about high-horsepower and torque options for the four-door car.

Third-generation Porsche Panamera From the front, the new Panamera is unmistakable as a Porsche.Photo courtesy of Porsche AG

Stay tuned to AutomotiveMap for more news about the new Porsche Panamera.

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What was your best car-related experience this year?

Chris Teague

This year has been a lot of things, but it hasn't been boring. Even if we focus only on the car world, there's plenty to talk about, from microchip-related new vehicle shortages to the wave of new electric vehicles hitting the market. That leaves us with a question for all of you: What was the best or most memorable car moment for you in 2021? I'll get the conversation started.

Porsche Cayenne GTS My SoCal Cayenne śaw snow for the first time in its nearly 200k-mile life last week.Chris Teague

I'd spent a good portion of 2021 wanting a new-old car to drive when I wasn't testing a new vehicle. That's harder than you'd think for someone who thinks, talks, and writes about cars all day, because there are so many interesting, risky, and downright funky options out there in every price range. The added headache for me was that I'd chosen to shop for a "fun" car in one of the most volatile car markets ever seen. Even the extremely high-mileage "untouchable" European cars I wanted to buy were commanding ridiculous prices.

After a solid few months of waffling between various rattletrap Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi S/RS cars, I landed on an option that had escaped me before: The Porsche Cayenne. First-generation Cayennes are a real bargain now, but the 955/957 (Porsche's internal code for the SUVs) can experience major problems that occur with or without regular maintenance and care. I was determined to buy one, and wasn't overly concerned about mileage, as long as I could count the number of owners on one hand. There was a beautiful 2009 Cayenne GTS with 90,000 miles but nine owners, a gorgeous 2004 Cayenne Turbo with a concerning engine tick, and many more just like them. Finally, I decided to risky-click a 196,000-mile Cayenne GTS in Southern California. It had one owner and one dealer-owner for a month or two prior to sale, its condition looked decent in photos, and I was able to negotiate a reasonable enough price that shipping it from San Diego to Maine wasn't a huge problem.

Porsche Cayenne GTS The pics look great, but hands-on tells another story.Chris Teague

I had two traveling Euro mechanics check the car out, and both confirmed that it was well-worn but mechanically sound, so I jumped. Ten days later, on a snowy, icy, dark Maine afternoon, the Cayenne arrived. Cosmetically, there were a few things the dealer and mechanics failed to mention, but overall, it looked good. The SUV passed Maine safety and emissions testing without problem, got a new set of Michelins, and I was on my way.

Porsche Cayenne GTS I'm in danger, but thankfully this should be a reasonable fix.Chris Teague

A few days of driving revealed what I was really in for. A check engine light revealed a camshaft position sensor error and the Cayenne displayed a nasty vibration at idle. A new sensor and motor mounts, and I'm on my way. I'll update you as more things break or miraculously work, but I want to hear your memories from 2021.

Email me at chris@automotivemap.com, and I will compile the best and most interesting stories for a story on New Year's Day. May you all have a wonderful 2022.

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Insurance company Hagerty compiled a list of cars it thinks will climb in value and price.

Hagerty

Vehicle prices have grown across the board this year, but collector car prices have been on the move for years. The world of online car auctions and car shows such as Radwood have driven attention to obscure and otherwise unknown cars, pushing their prices. Insurance and overall automotive lifestyle company Hagerty is stepping in to help. It complied a list of vehicles that it believes are currently a good value and have potential to climb. The Hagerty Bull Market List covers ten vehicles of all types.

Hagerty’s list is expansive, covering several vehicle types, prices, and time periods. The list features vehicles built between 1963 and 2012, and is designed to nudge people into buying cars before they become unattainable. This is especially important now, as online auction sites have moved the markets for some previously obscure cars well past the point of reason.

The Bull Market List isn’t intended to give you an inside track on car values so that you can flip them for quick profit. Instead, the list should give you the push you need if you’re already on the fence about buying a car to keep and drive a cool vehicle. Hagerty wants people to buy the cars and have the ability to pass them on to other enthusiasts without charging exorbitant prices.

The Bull Market List includes (with excellent condition pricing):

  • 1965-1970 Cadillac DeVille ($28,800)
  • 1969-1974 Ferrari 246 Dino ($365,800)
  • 1983-1997 Land Rover Defender ($61,400)
  • 1979-1985 Mazda RX-7 ($17,600)
  • 1962-1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL ($80,500)
  • 1963-1967 Pontiac GTO ($100,200)
  • 1992-1995 Porsche 968 ($38,000)
  • 1985-1995 Suzuki Samurai ($10,200)
  • 2008-2012 Tesla Roadster Sport ($97,000)
  • 1975-1993 Volvo 245 ($15,800)

If you’re considering one of the vehicles on the list and have the means, it’s a good idea to act in the near future. Vehicle prices are rising due to supply chain shortages to the point that even older cars are climbing. That, plus the effects of online car auctions, have made it hard to find a good value car.

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