Initially, the Porsche Panamera is entering the market with V8 power units only, featuring either rear or all-wheel drive. The Porsche Panamera S is powered by a 4.8-litre V8 developing a maximum output of 400 bhp (294 kW). Power is transmitted to the rear wheels by a six speed manual transmission as standard, or the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) double-clutch gearbox can be specified as an option.
The Porsche Panamera features Direct Fuel Injection engine technology, low-friction drive systems and lightweight bodyshells for optimum efficiency. Furthermore, offered in combination with the PDK transmission is the new Porsche Auto Start Stop function. This automatically switches off and restarts the engine when stationary to further reduce fuel consumption and emissions - for example, at traffic lights or in congestion.
The Porsche Panamera S, when fitted with the PDK option, can accelerate to 62mph in 5.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 176mph. Combined fuel consumption to the EU5 standard, in turn, is 26.2 mpg and the Co2 emission rating is 253 g/km.
The Porsche Panamera 4S also features the 4.8-litre V8 developing 400 bhp, with engine power conveyed to all four wheels via the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe. Acceleration to 62mph takes 5.0 seconds, top speed is 175mph. Fuel consumption to the EU5 standard is 25.4mpg and Co2 emissions are 260 g/km.
At the head of the Porsche Panamera line-up is the Panamera Turbo, offering a twin-turbo 4.8-litre V8 developing 500 bhp, with power transmitted again by the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK). With all-wheel drive as standard, the Porsche Panamera Turbo accelerates to 62mph in 4.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 188mph . Fuel consumption in the EU combined cycle is 23.2mpgand Co2 emissions are 286 g/km.
Fitted to every Porsche Panamera will be a Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), a sophisticated vehicle security package approved to Thatcham Category 5 standard, and customers will also be able to explore the potential of their new car by participating in a complimentary course at the new Porsche Driving Experience Centre, Silverstone.
The Porsche Panamera will go on sale in the UK and Ireland from 12th September 2009. Prices along with further technical specifications have yet to be confirmed.Published 12 February 2009