Porsche presents first photos of Panamera
24 November 2008 | Roughly nine months before the actual market launch, Porsche has released the first official photos of the Panamera in its final look. Joining the 911, Boxster and Cayman sports cars as well as the sporty SUV Cayenne, the Panamera is Porsche's fourth model series.
Through its proportions alone, the Panamera stands out clearly in its market segment: measuring 1931 millimetres or 76.0 inches in width, the Panamera is wider, and measuring 1418 millimetres or 55.8 inches in height, lower than comparable four-door models. The silhouette is created by the car's overall length of 4970 millimetres or 195.7 inches and short, sporting overhangs front and rear.
The Panamera comes with highly individual, strongly contoured air intakes instead of a conventional radiator grille. Big wheel arches and the long engine compartment lid create that typical 911 'landscape' at the front end of the car the Porsche customer has appreciated for no less than 45 years, with the distinctly contoured wings as flanks bordering on the flat front lid. The V-shaped seams along the engine compartment lid and the rear window tapering out like an arrow to the rear convey the features characteristic of a sports car to the new, highly individual Panamera class.
Like all Porsche models, the Panamera is oriented in every respect to the needs of the driver. But now, the car's occupants are also able to experience this special 'pilot feeling' on all four seats. The folding rear seat backrests enable the driver and passengers to adjust the luggage space individually to their personal requirements.
Porsche has developed new power units for the Panamera: the V-engines within the engine compartment come with six and eight cylinders and range in power from 300 to 500 bhp. Some of the engines use turbocharger technology, Direct Fuel Injection making them both fuel-efficient and powerful all in one. The flow of power to the wheels goes either through a manual six-speed gearbox or the new seven-speed Double-Clutch Gearbox, the so called Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK).
In addition to sporting rear-wheel drive, the top version of the Panamera comes with all-wheel drive, which is also available for the other versions as an option. As a further highlight, Porsche is preparing a particularly fuel-efficient version of the Panamera with hybrid drive. Further details on the engines, transmissions, performance, prices and equipment will be disclosed next spring.
The Porsche Panamera will be built at Porsche's Leipzig Plant, where a production hall measuring some 22,000 square metres or almost 237,000 square feet and a logistics centre are currently under construction. While the engines featured in the Panamera are built at Porsche's Main Plant in Zuffenhausen, the painted bodyshells will be supplied by the Volkswagen Plant in Hanover. The Leipzig Plant will then assemble the Panamera for final delivery, with an annual sales target of some 20,000 units. Porsche is once again cooperating largely with German suppliers in the production of the Panamera, with some 70 per cent of the car's overall value being created domestically. Hence, the Panamera is most definitely a car 'Made in Germany'.
The Panamera will be making its world debut in spring 2009 and the first models will be at dealers worldwide in late summer of next year.