As expected the Panamera will most likely share a similar front to the rest of the Porsche lineup, however the car is inherently different to the rest of the German stable.
Unlike the 911, the Panamera is a conventional front-engined rear-wheel drive that will become Porsche's Grand Tourer. The car will be put together in Porsche's Leipzig facility with the engines originating from Stuttgart and the car's painted shell crafted in Hanover by Volkswagen.
Porsche will compete directly against its German and Italian rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS 63 AMG and Maserati Quattroporte. There is also the possibility of taking sales away from the Bentley Continental GT, Aston Martin Rapide and even the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti .
The Panamera will be a big step for Porsche as the first V8 powered sports car (not counting the Cayenne SUV) the company has built since the Porsche 928 ceased production in 1995.
Porsche insiders have said the Panamera range will include at least three engine choices, Volkswagen’s 3.5-litre six-cylinder, which develops a healthy 223kW and Porsche’s own direct-injection eight-cylinder petrol engines, available in naturally-aspirated guise (261kW) and with twin-turbos (417kW).
The Panamera will enter production later this year. Click through for 2009 Porsche Panamera spy images.
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