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Debut in spring 2009 followed by market launch in late summer
2010 Porsche Panamera 4-door GT... getting closer

Porsche Panamera: driving shot, front view.

Porsche's fourth model series, the all-new Panamera 4-door GT.

03 December 2008.

A few years ago, Porsche wanted to grow its offer around the central 911 legendary model. First, with a lower priced sports car. That was the Boxter mission in 1996, and it succeeded, first as a roadster, before its Cayman coupé brother joined.

Then Porsche "fancied" the crossover SUV segment, and the Cayenne started another success story for the German carmaker, six years ago.

Porsche Panamera: static shot, side view.

A symbiosis of coupé looks with a classical saloon body.

Now, after several years of speculations and expectations, the Stuttgart sportscar maker has released the first official photos of its fourth model series, the all-new Porsche Panamera 4-door GT, or Gran Turismo, which will join the top luxury 4-door sports sedans segment.

Roughly nine months before its actual market launch, the Panamera is shown in its final look.

Just like the Boxter and the Cayenne proved that Porsche can extend its "brand spirit" to new segments without losing its soul, here comes the new proof that the 911 identity is indeed, very rich. It is not commonly extensible. It is simply rich, so rich that it can adapt even to a highly sporty SUV concept, and now, to a top luxury four-door sports sedan.

Porsche Panamera: static shot, back view.

Manual 6-speed gearbox or the new 7-speed Double-Clutch one.

Porsche claims that its all-new four-door, four-seater Panamera will combine sporting driving dynamics, a generous and variable interior with the driving comfort of a Gran Turismo.

Besides its brand identity, the Panamera stands out in proportions terms: 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 sleek GT silhouette comes from the car’s overall length of 4970 millimetres or 195.7 inches and short, sporting overhangs front and rear.

Porsche Panamera: driving shot, front view.

Six and eight cylinder engines, ranging from 300 to 500 bhp.

The symbiosis of the coupé looks with classical saloon body and the flexibility of a variable space concept give the new Porsche model its own, specific position within the brand as well as the whole segment. For instance, the Panamera comes with highly contoured air intakes (see opposite photo) instead of a conventional radiator grille, with striking wheel arches and a long, sleek engine compartment lid, with the distinctly contoured wings as flanks bordering on the flat front lid.

Porsche Panamera: static shot, side view from top.

Muscular shoulders over the rear wheels.

The V-shaped seams along the engine compartment lid and the rear window tapering out like an arrow to the rear convey other sports car expressions. The muscular shoulders over the rear wheels, the dynamic sweep of the coupé-like roofline, and the visible tailpipes again bear out typical Porsche DNA.

Porsche says that the Panamera occupants will experience a special “pilot feeling” on all four seats, thanks to the ergonomic comfort on both the front seats and the two firmly contoured single seats at the rear, with a boot (trunk) that should take 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 requirements.

The Panamera will adopt V-engines with six and eight cylinders, ranging from 300 to 500 bhp.

Some of the engines use turbocharger technology and direct fuel injection for better fuel efficiency and power. The latter flows to the wheels either through a manual six-speed gearbox or the new seven-speed Double-Clutch Gearbox, the Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK).

Above the rear-wheel drive basis, the top version of the Panamera comes with a more sophisticated all-wheel drive, which is also optionally available for the other versions.

Porsche is also preparing a particularly fuel-efficient version of the Panamera with hybrid drive, but further details on all engines, transmissions, performance, prices and equipment will be disclosed in the spring.

The 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.

The Panamera engines are built at Porsche’s main plant in Zuffenhausen, while 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. About 70 per cent of the Panamera overall value come from German suppliers.

Following its world debut this spring, the first Panamera models will be in showrooms from late 2009 summer.

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