Following a long stint of no less than seven years, the last first generation Porsche Panamera has been manufactured, with the model now going into retirement to make room for the successor.
The final unit of the first-generation Porsche Panamera has exited the factory grounds in Leipzig, Germany – it was a blue GTS model numbered 164,503. For the first generation of the four-door sedan production kicked off back in April 2009 – at the time the Panamera was almost as controversial as the Cayenne SUV, as this was the luxury brand’s first attempt to a luxury sedan. Thus, many of the core fans saw this as a further slap on the sports marque’s classic face – but people liked even if there were countless jokes about its hunch or the fact that it looked like a car stepped on a toad.
The popularity of the model was undisputed – especially in markets such as the United States or China – and today people in the world’s largest market mostly associate the brand to the Cayenne or Panamera rather than the classic 911. The Panamera’s production included bodyshells made at the Volkswagen plant in Hanover – but the second generation model is fully integrated at the factory alongside the Cayenne and Macan. The second generation is completely new – even though it has an evolutionary design – with a new MSB architecture and all-new twin-turbo V8 engines debuting on the sedan before being introduced to other models in the group.