Shortly after I pulled the Panamera into my garage, there was a knock on the front door. A polite, well-dressed gentleman introduced himself, telling me that he was gathering signatures so that he could be placed on the Republican primary ballot for the Congressional seat currently held by the U.S. House's most senior member, John Dingell. Did he come up to my door, in my relatively prosperous neighborhood, see a $100,000 car parked in the garage, and think that chances were good that I was a member of his political party? Who knows? I disappointed him on that score, but he was clearly more interested in the car than in getting my signature on the ballot, as he asked me several questions about it and then told me about his college roommate's Porsche.
Clearly, Porsches are still able to capture the imagination of a great many people. The Panamera may be overweight, it may feel ponderous a slow speeds, and it may be somewhat challenged in the styling department, but it's still a Porsche, with dynamic capabilities that are among the best on the market. And that's something people of any political stripe can appreciate.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor