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2010 Porsche Panamera: Preview
Porsche Panamera makes world debut in Shanghai
April 19, 2009 -- Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG presented the all-new Porsche Panamera to the world public today at the 13th Auto Shanghai. Joining the 911, the Cayenne, and the Boxster/Cayman, this new four-door Gran Turismo is Porsche's fourth model series, with three variants entering the market in Germany on September 12, 2009.
The Panamera is making its debut as an eight-cylinder delivering 400 hp and, respectively, 500 hp and with both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, a six-cylinder gasoline model and a hybrid version following later.
In Canada, the new models will go on sale October 17, 2009, at the following prices: Panamera S - 400 hp (0-100 mph in 5.4sec., top speed 283 km/h) $115,100; Panamera 4S - 400 hp (0-100 in 5.0 sec., 282 km/h) $120,300; Panamera Turbo - 500 hp (0-100 in 4.2, 303 km/h) $155,000.
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.“
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 unique combination of sporting performance and luxurious comfort. Despite its low and sleek silhouette so typical of Porsche, the Panamera, measuring 4.97 metres (195.7”) in length but only 1.42 metres (55.9”) in height, provides generous feeling of space on all four seats.
Wolfgang Dürheimer, Porsche's executive vice-president research and development, added: “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-seater Gran Turismo.“
The Panamera is introducing no less than five innovations in technology - among them the first Start-Stop system in conjunction with an 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 optimized 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-optimized lightweight bodies.
Moving on to the suspension, the customer can choose among steel suspension or adaptive air suspension with a fully-controlled damper system. And thanks to its intelligent chassis concept, the Panamera combines the driving comfort of a luxurious grand touring saloon with the driving dynamics of a thoroughbred Porsche sports car.
Depending on his individual style of motoring or current traffic conditions, the driver can choose either a particularly comfortable or an especially sporting set-up at the touch of a button.
With its centre console extending back from the dashboard all the way to the rear seats, the sedan offers a feeling of space in all four seats. The driver's seat and cockpit offers a low seating position, providing that direct contact to the road typical of Porsche. The passengers, in turn, all get comfortable single seats.
The interior is luxuriously appointed and can be upgraded on request with a wide range of optional extras and special equipment.