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
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
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
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.
6-speed gearbox or the new 7-speed
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.