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Will it be faster, bgetter than say a E63 or M5 ?  think not...

I dare say it might actually take a chunk out of their market though, simply because of the Porsche tragics who'd take it for the badge - dunno, we'll see.



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Roughly nine months before the actual market launch, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has released the first official photos of the Panamera in its final look. In its design, profile and silhouette, Porsche's unique four-seater stands out clearly as a new member of the Porsche family. Conceived and designed as a four-door grand touring sports car, the Panamera combines numerous talents in typical Porsche style: sporting driving dynamics, a generous and variable interior, and the supreme driving comfort of a Gran Turismo. Joining the 911, Boxster and Cayman sports cars as well as the sporty SUV Cayenne, the Panamera is Porsche's fourth model series.

The designers of the Panamera have succeeded in positioning this unique car as a brand-new and truly different model while nevertheless retaining the looks of a typical Porsche. 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 unmistakable, sleek GT silhouette is created by the car's overall length of 4970 millimetres or 195.7 inches and short, sporting overhangs front and rear. In its styling and details, the Panamera follows the design philosophy refined over decades on the 911 and successfully implemented also on the Boxster, Cayman and Cayenne.

Through its design language alone, the Panamera will establish a new segment versus the competition. The symbiosis of sports car DNA derived from the looks of a coupé, the unique interpretation of the classical saloon body and the benefits of a variable space concept give the new Porsche its truly unmistakable appearance. As an example, the Panamera comes with highly individual, strongly contoured air intakes instead of a conventional radiator grille. Striking wheel arches and the long and sleek 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. The striking, muscular shoulders over the rear wheels, the dynamic sweep of the coupé-like roofline, and the visible tailpipes again bear out all the DNA so typical of a thoroughbred Porsche.

The elegant roof arch extends stylishly over the generous interior, simply begging the beholder to get inside. Like all Porsche models, the Panamera is oriented in every respect to the needs and wishes of the driver. But now, thanks to the new concept of space and the sporting architecture of the interior, the car's occupants are also able to experience this special ‘pilot feeling’ on all four seats. All four occupants enjoy supreme ergonomic comfort on both the front seats and the two firmly contoured single seats at the rear. The luggage compartment easily takes up all the passengers' luggage. The variable space concept with its folding rear seat backrests enables the driver and passengers to adjust the luggage space individually to their personal requirements. And last but not least, the coupé tailgate in the sporting rear end combines superior suitability for daily use with stylish elegance.

Porsche has developed superior and up-to-date power units for the Panamera again reflecting 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 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 even more sophisticated 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.




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Yes, Porsche has given up several official photos of the Panamera sedan ahead of the car's expected official rollout at the Shanghai auto show in late April.

That means prototypes on the road have stripped off the camouflage. But it's still interesting to see the car in a natural setting. AutoWeek reader Dan Fead snapped this Panamera parked on a street in Colorado.

One thing that caught our eyes was the light ring around the opening in the lower corners of the front fascia.

We expect to hear more about the Panamera and its features as the Shanghai show gets closer.

http://www.autoweek.com/article/20090312/CARNEWS/903129983



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back end reminds me of the chrysler crossfire.....



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Reminds me of the car in Wayne’s World (AMC Pacer).

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I quite like the AMC pacer
bohemian rhapsody is awesome



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Reminds me of the car in Wayne’s World (AMC Pacer).

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Sometimes the snow just isn't deep enough to make the ugliness go away.



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Saw this random thumbnail at the top of the page and wondered if someone had spotted one here :eek:

Thankfully not :p

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2009 Porsche Panamera Technical Details Released

Whatever you call them: Four-door coupes, GT saloons, Touring Sedans. The sleek-of-roof, quad-exit automobile is now a serious niche selling in serious numbers from some very serious automakers.

Stat-counters, get your pen and paper ready because the next round of 2009 Porsche Panamera pub trivia is all yours for the bragging if you but pay attention: Porsche has just released a slew of technical data about its new four door offering.

To begin with, the Panamera range will initially consist of three models: the rear-wheel-drive Panamera S, the all-wheel-drive Panamera 4S and the Panamera Turbo models.

The S and 4S share the same 4.8 litre V8 producing 294kW (394hp) at 6500prm and 500Nm (369lb-ft) at 3500rpm.

The turbo uses the same basic engine, but forced induction raises output to 368kW (493hp) at 6000rpm and 699Nm (516lb-ft) from as low as 2250rpm.

The requisite 0-100 times are achieved in 5.6 seconds for the S, 5.0 seconds for the 4S and 4.2 seconds for the Turbo.

The Panamera S tips the scales at 1770kg and while that isn’t particularly lithe, it is still 110kg lighter than the Maserati Quattroporte and 135kg lighter than a Mercedes CLS 63 AMG.

The Panamera’s smooth shape contributes to a 0.29 drag co-efficient, with a flat underbody to combat lift and a rear spoiler which extends from aft of the rear window to provide added downforce.

The manual-equipped S achieves 12.5 litres/100km (22.6mpg), the 4S fitted with Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox and stop-start technology achieves a rather incredible 11.1 litres/100km (25.5mpg), while the Turbo - which also comes with the PDK box and stop-start - uses 12.2 litres/100km (23.2mpg).

So now that you know what you’ll get for your hard-earned, the only question Porsche has left unanswered for us Aussies is the actual cost.

While we do know that the range will kick off in September at £72,226 (AUD $154,415) in the UK, pricing and dates for Australia are yet to be officially set.

More details and photos here: http://www.themotorreport.com.au/23552/2009-porsche-panamera-technical-details-released/



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It looks like someone tried to turn a 911 into a hearse.

Its arse is bigger than that Renault hatch thing.

Do not want.



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