Head over to YouTube and watch the new Porsche Panamera in motion. I think it looks a bit better and more sporting while moving, though I'm even more certain that it looks massive and heavy from the rear with that big bulbous bumper.
While trolling through TheCarConnection.com's library of photographs, I was reminded that the Panamera spy shots initially revealed a svelter and tidier form, one that to my eye does a better job of incorporating the Porsche rear slope onto a four-door form. Here it is, below:
2010 Porsche PanameraEnlarge Photo
What's your take on this spy shot? I bet it got the axe because the rear probably lacks comfort and headroom, though the tidier wheelbase on this shot just looks more aggressive and athletic to me.
I am not against hatchbacks, and think they are used to great effect in all sorts of vehicles like Porsche's own Cayman. And while not hatchbacks due to their rear-engine location, Porsche's 911 Carrera uses a rear slope similar to a hatchback, again to a lean and sporting effect that I find appropriate. The hatch on the spy shot above works to my eye, but on the stretched body of the production Panamera, I think it looks like an odd afterthought.--Colin Mathews