Considering that critics have long pegged the Porsche Panamera as an ugly duckling, one wonders what Porsche’s designers were smoking when they cooked up the car’s peculiar design. As it turns out, even the German automaker’s CEO thinks the Panamera is ugly.
Speaking with Australia’s Motoring at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, Matthias Mueller admitted that the design of the Panamera is not great and that the second-generation model needs to improve significantly upon it.
“There have been some small mistakes and we will do it better,” he said. “For example the design could be better.”
Porsche design chief Michael Mauer led the design of the first Panamera and is doing the same with its replacement. He promises that the next Panamera will be better looking, even though it will still have a polarizing design.
“I am sure a lot of people won’t like the design of the next generation. And that’s fine by me,” he told the Australian publication. “I would prefer to have cars and products that polarize rather than being just okay. I think that’s the worst thing for a product. And the new Panamera I am sure there will still be people that don’t like it.”
The next Panamera will draw stylistic inspiration from the Sport Turismo Concept that was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, featuring a more coupe-like roofline than its predecessor. It will continue to offer seating for only four occupants.
The design of the Porsche Panamera is the very definition of “polarizing”. Some like it, while (we think) many more hate it. Which camp do you fall in?
Porsche’s SecondSkin Service Lets You Wrap Your Car In Custom Themes
A Martini racing livery is just one of many themes that can be added.
In its unrelenting quest to make its cars as customizable as possible, Porsche has launched a new program called “SecondSkin” that lets customers wrap their cars in bold, factory-installed custom designs.
All current Porsche sports car models can be customized with a range of motorsports themes that includes Martini Racing liveries, metallic foils, new colors, matte finishes, and graphics from artists and designers.
“As the livery segment is a very fragmented market, we have created a central port of call with ‘Second Skin’ to guarantee quality and offer a comprehensive approach to finding a solution,” stated Simon Weiss, the man responsible for the project at Porsche Digital.
To explore the various designs, create custom wraps, and view the results in 3D renderings, just visit SecondSkin’s online configurator. Prices for a complete vehicle wrap start at around 4,000 euros (~$4,500 USD), while the Martini Racing liveries goes for around 5,500 euros (~$6,200 USD).
You can pre-register your custom wrap now! Just make sure it’s something tasteful.
BMW Creates Meteoric M850i Night Sky For Outer Space Geeks
The unique 8 Series features meteorite inlay and 3D-printed brake calipers.
BMW has revealed the M850i xDrive Coupe Night Sky, a one-off take on the new M850i created by the company’s Individual Manufaktur team for astronomy fans.
The car features an outer space theme. Inside, hunks of meteoric rock adorn the center console, start/stop button, shift lever, iDrive controller and other surfaces, while Widmanstätten surface pattern of meteorites can be found on the center console’s trim finishers, brake discs, exterior mirror caps and the front splitters.
For the non-space geeks among us, Widmanstätten patterns are the result of iron-nickel crystals forming on meteors over the course of around 10 million years and cannot be reproduced on Earth.
Special LED project constellations of stars on the center console and other interior surfaces.
Not content with the space theme, BMW created new lightweight brake calipers using generative design processes (3D printing). The pieces manage to be 30 percent lighter than the 8 Series’ usual calipers without negatively affecting necessary strength characteristics.
The one-off Night Sky edition is finished in San Marino Blue metallic paint over a black base coat. Its debut coincided with a meteor shower that took place overnight from January 3 – 4, resulting from the Earth briefly passing through the orbit of the asteroid 2003 EH, with fragments from the asteroid entering our planet’s atmosphere and burning up.
Some of these meteoric fragments were incorporated into the BMW Individual M850i Night Sky’s interior.
Is Lincoln Bringing Back Its Suicide Doors?
Suicide doors could find their way on an upcoming Lincoln model, but which one?
Center-opening doors were a distinguishing feature of the mid-1960s Continental, and it seems they are coming back. After all, if cars like the Toyota FJ Cruiser, BMW i3 and Rolls-Royce Phantom can pull off center-opening doors that comply with modern safety regulations, why can’t a Lincoln?
Well, Lincoln has released a teaser photo (pictured) hinting at the return of suicide doors for an upcoming production model. The caption on the image read:
“Making a statement without a word. Center-opening doors elevated the Lincoln #Continental of the mid 1960’s to the pinnacle of mid-century style, a car driven by the likes of Pablo Picasso. #TBT… or is it? Stay tuned to our Instagram feed for more.”
It remains a mystery which particular production model might get suicide doors, but there is a good chance it won’t be the slow-selling Continental, which will reportedly be discontinued after 2020.
Considering Lincoln’s is now essentially an SUV-only brand, could it be an SUV that’s getting the suicide doors? Just imagine…
The Navigator Concept unveiled in 2016 had gull-wing doors like the Tesla Model X; despite the production model ditching the fanciness for traditional doors, the company probably sees an advantage in SUVs that lack a B-pillar for easier accessibility.
Suicide doors will certainly help set struggling Lincoln apart from the competition.