How do you say “Dude, Where's My Car?” in German?
We could think of worse ways to spend an afternoon than photographing a Porsche. (We speak from experience.) Undertaking that photoshoot at the Porsche Museum, all the better. But things evidently didn't go so well for one photographer who was doing just that, and to make matters worse, the entire incident was caught on video.
Watch and cringe (if you're so inclined) as a Panamera rolls slowly away, evidently with no one behind the wheel, and crashes head-first into the wall right at the entrance to the automaker's museum in Stuttgart, in plain view of the visiting tourists.
After GTBoard.com posted the video, The Drive received confirmation from a company spokesman as to what exactly happened, putting to rest earlier speculation that it might have been a tourist driving (or failing to drive) one of the cars Porsche regularly parks in front of the museum for visitors to test-drive. Apparently a photographer had repositioned the car and got out again before putting it in Park or engaging the electric parking brake.
To make matters worse, this wasn't just any one of the quarter-million Panameras that Porsche has made over the past decade since production commenced.
This was reportedly a Panamera 4 E-Hybrid 10 Years Edition, the top version of a special run being made to celebrate the model line's anniversary, carrying a sticker price of $118,250 (delivered). The special edition features special 21-inch wheels, gold trim, and a smattering of commemorative badges inside and out, and is also available in base Panamera and Panamera 4 trims.
Then again, it could have been a lot worse. Special trim aside, this could have happened to a more valuable car, like a $200k Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive, or any of the far rarer machines inside the museum. And while we couldn't say whether the damage will "buff right out," it probably could have been much more severe.