It seems that RUF China, the Asian subsidiary of RUF Germany, unveiled an Extended Wheelbase version of the Porsche Panamera at the Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition last year. The vehicle wears the letters RXL on the front numberplate and a simple RUF badge at the rear. From Auto.163 pictures, it seems that the conversion gives extra foot space for just two rear occupants.
We don’t doubt the work that went into producing this limo though. RUF have an excellent reputation. The base for the project is a standard 300hp V6 Panamera which has been stretched 400mm to 5370mm total length according to RUF’s Chinese website. Kerb weight is now 1960kg, only 90kg heavier than the standard car.
The move seems a bit weird to us. The Porsche Panamera is probably the last car you’d expect to be chauffeured in, so we don’t see the demand for such a modification. The Panamera excels as a drivers car, therefore, extending it removes the handling and balance of the car, further reducing its appeal. The third thing that has us worried is how ugly it looks extended!
Let us know what you think in the comments box below. For more pictures head over to Auto.163.
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Please don’t get me wrong. I love the Panamera. But is a fact that its an ugly car, its purpose is not to be ugly. But why make it uglier, and also kill the exact reason this car have to exist? This is a car to drive…fast.