• Nov 21, 2008
According to AutoTelegraaf, the image above is the first official picture of the Porsche Panamera, showing the new four-door "coupe" in all its oddly proportioned glory. The Dutch pub released the image and details on the sedan after Auto Motor und Sport supposedly broke the Monday embargo. More details will be released late Sunday night, but in the meantime, let's look at the reported specs.

The Porsche Panamera Gran Turismo is 16.3 feet long, 6.3 feet wide and 4.66 feet tall, with a wheelbase of 9.6 feet. Weight hasn't been disclosed, but its roughly two tons. The most striking detail on the profile shot is the indentations leading from the front fenders, aft of the wheels, into the doors, but the jury is still out on the Panamera's bulbous back end. The slippery shape and low profile gives the sedan a drag coefficient of 0.29, while an electronically actuated rear spoiler will keep things planted at speed.

An electronic air suspension is part of the package, along with an LSD, and power can be sent to either the rear wheels, or all four, depending on the trim level. Motivation will be provided by a range of engines, beginning with 3.6-liter V6 putting out 300 hp, and continuing upwards with the 400 hp, 4.8-liter V8 Panamera S and the Panamera Turbo, packing a twin-turbocharged version of the same bent eight putting out an estimated 500 hp. Power will be sent to Porsche's new PDK dual-clutch gearbox and although a diesel model has been ruled out, a V6-hybrid variant with 350 hp will come along at a later date.

Porsche aims to sell approximately 20,000 units of the Panamera each year, with the automaker estimating that 20% will be the range-topping Turbo model. The Panamera will only be available in S and Turbo guises at launch, with the V6 model following shortly thereafter. Once established, Porsche hopes demand will increase to 50,000 units annually, with sales beginning in the U.S., Europe and Asia next year. Thanks for the tip, Jelle!

UPDATE: More photos have surfaced.


[Source: AutoTelegraaf]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      dorkmobile
      • 6 Years Ago
      Silly Autoblog! You have the image set to widescreen, when it should be 4:3.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To everyone who thinks this is a chop, read the blurb. AB says that the other website broke the Monday embargo, which means AB has the photos already and hasn't released them, but it a backwards way has confirmed their authenticity.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It's really not as bad as it could have been, but its not nearly god enough to compete with the Mercedes cls and Aston Martin rapide
      • 6 Years Ago
      i say they barely move 5,000 of them given the economic climate and the sheer ugliness of the thing
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks too long. The lines aren't right.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh, wait... I see now. It's a stretched Cayman. That makes perfect sense - the 4-door, 2-ton sports car market is, like, sooo "niche" right now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear Porsche,

      Why does everything have to be some sort of 911 derivative?

      Couldn't it just be a swoopy "coupe" like the CLS or the CC?

      And, what happened to the back-end of that thing? Run out of ideas?

      Thanks,
      The Public

      P.S. To all of the other haters, I'm sure none of us liked the Cayenne either and it's sold like mad - emphasis on sold.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does anyone remember that Corvette limo from the superhero spoof movie 'The Mystery Men'? It belonged to the character named 'Frankenstein Cassanova'. How appropriate...

      HA!
      • 6 Years Ago

      The Rapide looks far better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You can fit a roll of quarters between those body fits. Horrendous!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      God is that UGLY!!!!!!!!!!!!

      again... can't buy class....

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