The elegant roof arch extends stylishly over the generous interior, begging the beholder to get inside. Like all Porsche models, the Porsche Panamera is oriented in every respect to the needs and wishes of the driver. But now, courtesy of the new concept of space and the sporting architecture of the interior, the car's occupants are also able to experience this special 'pilot sensation' from all four seats. Every occupant enjoys supreme ergonomic comfort in both the front seats and the two firmly contoured individual seats at the rear.
The luggage compartment easily takes every passenger's baggage, the interior's 'variable space concept' with its folding rear seat backrests enabling the driver and passengers to adjust the luggage space individually to their personal requirements. The coupe tailgate in the sporting rear end combines superior versatility for daily use with stylish elegance.
Porsche has developed superior and up-to-date power units for the Porsche Panamera which, as you would expect, reflect all the qualities typical of the brand - 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 Porsche seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), or double-clutch gearbox.
In addition to featuring a sports-oriented rear-wheel drive chassis, the top version of the Porsche Panamera comes with even more sophisticated all-wheel drive arrangement. This 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 in the spring 2009.
The Porsche Panamera will be built at the company's Leipzig Plant, where a production hall measuring 22,000 sq m and a logistics centre are currently under construction. While the engines featured in the Panamera are built at the Main Porsche 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 20,000. Porsche is once again cooperating largely with German suppliers in the production of the Panamera, with 70 per cent of the car's overall value being created domestically. Consequently, the Panamera is most definitely a car 'Made in Germany.'
The new four-door Porsche Panamera gran turismo will be making its world debut in spring 2009, and the first models will be arriving in Porsche Centres worldwide from late summer next year.Published 24 November 2008