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Photo of the week (2009): Porsche Panamera in a lift

Tue, 21 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0700

By Ben Pulman

First Official Pictures

21 April 2009 14:22

CAR’s editor Phil McNamara is in China this week, reporting on everything weird and wonderful at the Shanghai motor show. But when he called to say he was pouring over Porsche’s Panamera 425 metres up in the air, we started to think that maybe the jetlag was getting to him.

Apparently not – on the evening before the opening of the Shanghai show, a select group of the world’s automotive media was invited to a preview of the Panamera on the 94th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Centre.

Just how did Porsche hoist its new super saloon to what is apparently the world’s highest event platform? By standing the 4.97m long Panamera on its tail in a freight elevator and sending it skywards. And after all that effort, Porsche boss Wendelin Wiedeking was ill and didn't get to see the spectacle.

By Ben Pulman