Bay area drivers love Porsche, so it's a pretty safe bet that we'll be seeing the new Panamera sedan prowling our highways and byways soon enough. I mention the Panamera today because it just started production at Porsche's Leipzig facility.
Feelings are mixed about the sedan, with some folks less than taken with its backside. I pretty much split opinion down the middle, as I think the car look much better than the Cayenne SUV but far less sensual that the Cayman sports car. The rather awkward roof life is a result of Porsche's desire to provide a habitable back seat. Given the price of this car, the back seat is probably the only place I would be sitting in so kudos to Porsche for making it roomy. Is the Panamera all that it could have been? No, but let's face it, it could have been far worse.
As with any Porsche, you had better have saved up your pennies. The Panamera starts at $89,900 and quickly rises from there. The top of the line Turbo model starts at $132,600 before any options are added.
For more information check out Porsche USA's website or if you are interested in taking a factory tour in Germany visit the Leipzig facility's web page.