Well, guess what? now there’s a new rumor. It seems that Porsche will release a long-wheelbase incarnation of the vehicle, as autoweek reports.
Company insiders told the aforementioned source that the German automaker will add five inches to the current wheelbase, bringing the total value to 120 inches. The extra space is expected to be used for a longer rear door and a larger rear door aperture, which will make the Panamera more of a chauffeur car, as the rear access of the vehicle, one of its week points, will be seriously improved.
The LWB version of the Panamera should hit the market in 2012, when the entire range will get a facelift.
As for the four-seat topless and shooting brake incarnations of the Panamera, Porsche has decided to hit the “pause” button. The company will wait until the second generation of the vehicle is launched to release these, as the current production capacity doesn’t allow new developments.
“We've decided to wait until the second-generation model before adding alternative body styles,” a high-ranking Porsche official told the aforementioned source.. “We're already flat-out meeting demand for a single body style as it is.”
autoevolution tested the (standard, of course) Porsche Panamera. You can read the review here.