Luxury Cars: Almost three quarters of a year before the real market opening Porsche has made available the first certified images of the Panamera in its ultimate appearance. In its design, shape and outline Porsche's exceptional four-seater is obviously a new member of the Porsche series.
Envisage and created as a four-door grand touring sports vehicle, the Panamera mixes many abilities in characteristic Porsche fashion: sporting driving dynamics, a liberal and changeable inside, and the absolute driving ease of a Gran Turismo. Panamera is Porsche's fourth model series to join the 911, Boxster and Cayman sports cars as well as the sporty SUV Cayenne.
The creators of the Panamera have done well in locating this exceptional vehicle as a all-new and justly different version but at the same time maintaining the appearance of a typical Porsche. Through its size alone, the Panamera clearly stand out its market category. It measures 1931 mm or 76.0 inches in width, the Panamera is broader, and measuring 1418 mm or 55.8 inches in height, is lower than equivalent four-door versions. The clearly identifiable, smooth GT profile is produced by the car's total length of 4970 mm or 195.7 inches and brief, sporting overhangs front and back. In its styling and details, the Panamera keeps the design philosophy polished over years on the 911 and effectively applied also on the Boxster, Cayman and Cayenne.
The Panamera is expected to start a new segment against its rivals through design language alone. The interdependence of sports car DNA taken from the appearance of a coupé, the distinct understanding of the conventional saloon body and the benefits of a changeable space concept provide the new Porsche its really distinctive look. As an illustration, the Panamera is fitted with extremely individual, powerfully curved air intakes rather than the usual radiator grill. Arresting wheel arches and the long and smooth hood generate that distinctive 911 "landscape" at the front part of the vehicle which has been appreciated for more than 45 years by Porsche buyers, with the particularly curved wings as flanks adjoining the flat front cover. The V-shaped seams along the hood and the tapering out of the rear window like an arrowhead toward the back express the highlighted traits of a sports car to the fresh, totally unique Panamera class. The attractive, beefy shoulders over the rear wheels, the active sweep of the coupe-like roof line, and the obvious tailpipes likewise demonstrate all the DNA so natural to a pure Porsche.
The graceful roof curve extend elegantly over the liberal interior, simply enticing the observer to get inside. Similar to all Porsche versions, the Panamera leans toward the requirements and desires of the driver. However, because of the latest concept of space and the sporting structure of the inside, the passengers can also experience this unique driver sensation on all four seats. Superior ergonomic comfort is enjoyed by everyone in the Panamera on both the front seats and the two firmly curved single seats at the back. The spacious trunk section accommodates all the passengers' luggage without difficulty. The adaptable space concept with its retractable rear seat backrests provides the driver and passengers control over the luggage space individually to their personal requirements. And finally, the coupé rear door mixes superior practicability for daily use with stylish sophistication.
Porsche has designed more advanced and superior power units for the Panamera once more demonstrating all the traits characteristic of the brand, the V-engines under the hood come with 6 and 8 cylinders and vary in power from 300 to 500 bhp. Turbocharger technology is utilized in some of the engines, Direct Fuel Injection creating them both fuel-efficient and powerful at the same time. The flow of energy to the wheels is conveyed either through a manual 6-speed gearbox or the new 7-speed Double-Clutch Gearbox, the self-styled Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK).
Besides the sporting rear-wheel drive, the top variant of the Panamera is outfitted with even more refined all-wheel drive, which is also offered as an option for the other models. As a further feature, Porsche is getting ready an especially fuel-economical variant of the Panamera that comes with a hybrid drive. More details about the engines, transmissions, performance, price tags and accessories will be revealed in the spring of 2009.
The Panamera will be manufactured at the Leipzig Plant of Porsche, where the fabrication hall is 22,000 square meters or nearly 237,000 square feet and an organizational center is presently being built. Although the motors of the Panamera are made at the Main Plant in Zuffenhausen, the pre-painted body shells will be provided by the Volkswagen Plant located in Hanover. The component parts of the Panamera will be put together at the Leipzig Plant for final delivery, with yearly sales anticipated at 20,000 units. Again, Porsche is working in conjunction with German suppliers in the manufacture of the Panamera, with nearly 70 per cent of the total value of the car generated locally. Thus, the Panamera can truly be called a car "Made in Germany."
Scheduled to be introduced to the world in the spring of 2009, the first models of the Panamera will be available for sale worldwide in late summer of next year.
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