Is your Porsche Panamera incapable of holding all of your luggage? Did you look at the recently unveiled Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake and wish that it was made on the other side of Stuttgart, Germany? Perk up your ears, Porschephiles: the automaker is apparently working on a shooting brake version of the Panamera.
Autocar reports that the engineers at Porsche have heard their fair share of complaints from Panamera owners, who said the oddly-shaped hatchback didn't have quite as much luggage space as they hoped. Couple that with the fact the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake debuted to a collective "oh, wow" by gearheads, and Porsche thinks there would be a market for a wagon Panamera.
Aside from the typical wagon/shooting brake-attributes--a longer roofline, fold-down rear seats, more capacity for your stuff--the shooting brake would probably put a larger emphasis on design to bring in buyers. Considering that Porsche already makes the Cayenne SUV for cargo-minded Porsche buyers and the Panamera's detractors frequently point to its exterior design, an aesthetic focus is probably a good idea.
But the Panamera's work doesn't stop there. We hear that Porsche is also considering a long-wheelbase version of the Panamera shooting brake, which would serve well as a limousine for the super-rich. Whether or not that pans out, the next Panamera may slightly change its dimensions over the next couple of years as Porsche ramps up its partnership with Bentley.
As we reported before, the new Panamera will sit atop the MSB-F platform, which stands for Modular Standard Platform, Front-Engined, but that platform will also underpin the likes of the Bentley Continental (including GT, GTC, and Flying Spur models), as well as the new Porsche Pajun (mini-Panamera). There are also rumored plans to take the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 from the current-generation Bentley Continental (and various Audi models) and use it to replace some of Porsche's larger, thirstier V-8 engines.
If Porsche does pull the trigger on this model, don't expect to see it any time before 2016.