After years of strategizing and a steady stream of rumors, Porsche says its long-awaited fourth nameplate will be a four-door sedan?
The rear-drive, four-seat Panamera will arrive in 2009. The name comes from the La Carrera Panamericana race, an annual 2,000 mile jog of vintage cars from southern Mexico to Texas.
Porsche wouldn't talk about dimensions, engines or price. So there isn't much to chew on except a troubling bit of speculation: Is the Porsche brand - for decades the definition of an exotic and unique ride - developing a case of the me-toos?
In 2003, when the classic 911 and the hot Boxster were joined by - gasp - an SUV (the Cayenne), some eyebrows went up. And now a four-door sedan.
You've gotta wonder: Will there be flip-down screens in the back seat for the kids' Disney movies?