It was met with about as much enthusiasm as the Panamera when it arrived.
Porsche knew it was taking a risk when it introduced thefour-door coupe Panamera in 2009. Although it had already rolled out theCayenne SUV back in 2002, brand enthusiasts still had a tough time grasping anymodel that came with more than two doors and with an engine mounted anywherebut in the rear. But despite repeated protests, the Panamera was built, and hasplayed an important role in Porsche’s outstanding profitability in recentyears.
But the Panamera wasn't the first 4-door to be suggested byPorsche. Back in 1988, the company introduced this sedan concept, the 989.Based on the 928 sports car, it was equipped with a V8, rear-wheel drive andfastback design, very similar to the features that followed in the Panameratwo decades later. Due to a sink in sales and a lack of funds in the late80s, the 989 was never built, and remained a concept until its grandson came tolife in the form of the Panamera.