The world debut of the much-hyped Porsche Panamera four-door sports Grand Tourer has finally taken place, at the Shanghai Motor Show in China.
The Panamera joins the 911, the Cayenne, and the Boxster/Cayman, as Porsche’s fourth model series, with three variants entering the market in Germany on 12 September 2009.
The Panamera is making its debut as an eight-cylinder delivering 298 and, respectively, 372 kilowatts and with either rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, a six-cylinder petrol model and a hybrid version following later.
Klaus Berning, Executive Vice-President Sales and Marketing of Porsche AG, expressed a clear view at the world debut of the Panamera: ”Introducing the Panamera, we are entering a market segment completely new for our customers and we are once again consistently expanding our model portfolio.”
Porsche says that through its design and looks alone, the Panamera clearly stands out from the competition at very first sight.
“Like no other car in its class, it offers a truly unique combination of sporting performance and luxurious comfort.
Despite its low and sleek silhouette so typical of Porsche, the Panamera, measuring 4.97 metres in length but only 1.42 metres in height, yet ensures a generous feeling of space on all four seats.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, Porsche’s Executive Vice-President Research and Development, added an equally clear statement: “Our engineers, technicians, and designers have invested all their know-how, years of experience, a wealth of ideas, and their full passion for sports cars in this four-seat Gran Turismo.“
The Panamera is introducing no less than five outstanding innovations in technology as world premieres to be admired for the first time in the luxury performance class – among them the first Start-Stop system in conjunction with automatic transmission, air suspension with additional air volume available on demand in each spring, as well as active aerodynamics with an adjustable, multi-dimensional, extendable rear spoiler on the Panamera Turbo.
Porsche’s Gran Turismo sets new standards in its market segment in terms of performance, driving dynamics and efficiency, benefiting from Porsche’s traditional core competences and years of experience in motorsport, since efficient and powerful engines, lightweight technologies, and optimised aerodynamics are crucial to success also on the race track.
All models in the Panamera range come with Porsche Direct Fuel Injection, low-friction drive systems, and weight-optimised lightweight bodies.
With its centre console extending back from the dashboard all the way to the rear seats, Porsche’s new Gran Turismo offers an unprecedented feeling of space and motoring pleasure on all four seats, highlighting the personal ambience and style of each individual passenger.