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The Panamera Effect

The existence of so-called »black holes« has long been proven by science. Now there is even a picture of such a »black hole«. But what does this have to do with Porsche? Especially with a Panamera? A lot.

Text: Alexander Morath Photo: Matthias Mederer 11.04.2019 3 min

What do a Porsche Panamera and a black hole have in common? Both are attracting. Very much so. With the difference that you can get out of a Panamera again, if you ever wanted to. In the case of a black hole, this project is somewhat more difficult, not to say: It's impossible. For the mass attraction acting there, i.e. the gravitational force, is so great that neither matter nor information such as light or radio signals pass through it and thus everything that floats around in the immediate vicinity is devoured. Swish. Gone. Just like that.

In the Panamera, on the other hand, the force of attraction is of an aesthetic nature and can be traced back to Michael Mauer's so-called theory of relativity. This roughly means that such a Panamera carries a relatively large number of sports car genes in comparison to other luxury limousines. Michael Mauer, Porsche Chief Designer and VW Group Chief Designer, summed up the concept and the resulting design in connection with the first series, which went into series production in 2009, as follows: »The synthesis of typical sports car genes, which originate from a coupé shape, and an independent interpretation of the classic limousine shape as well as the advantages of a variable space concept gives the Panamera its unmistakable appearance.«

Sounds promising. Actually. The aforementioned appearance of the first generation, of all things, was met with fierce resistance among some Porsche customers, with the rear end, often denigrated as a »whale's hump«. But that's the way it is. The fear of change and all. Perhaps the design language had not yet been learned. Perhaps for many it did not correspond to what one would normally have expected from the Weissach Design purity requirements.

Be that as it may. The original Panamera is yesterday's cosmic dust and was replaced by the second generation in June 2016. With an even more dynamic Flyline, not even Boris »the broom closet« Becker could deny the kinship. »The coupé-like roof line is immediately recognizable, but now much faster,« says Mauer to the 911 in limousine style, referring in this context to the side window graphic, »which underscores the coupé-like side view once again«. This Panamera pleases. All of them. Around two years ago, Porsche therefore developed a shooting brake, the Sport Turismo, on the basis of the existing one, of which there is now also an E-Hybrid: the Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo.

With the combination of a V8 internal combustion engine (550 hp!) and a 136 hp electric motor, this is the world's first car whose name takes longer to be pronounced than the acceleration from zero to one hundred (4.3 seconds). But at 2,385 kilograms, it is also one of the heaviest in the Panamera family. But as you know, the bigger the masses, the stronger the attraction.