• Apr 19, 2009
2010 Porsche Panamera unveiing - click above for more high-res images

Underscoring the increasing importance of the Chinese market to automakers around the world, Porsche has unveiled its newest model at the Shanghai Motor Show. We've seen official images of the Panamera for at least six months and even had a chance to ride in it last month in Germany but this is the first time the public has been able to see it in person.

The true four-seat Panamera goes on sale this Fall with normally aspirated and turbocharged versions of the company's 4.8-liter direct-injected V8 in all markets. Some markets will also get Audi's new supercharged 3.0-liter V6 and a hybrid system will join the lineup in 2011. Check out our in-depth run-down of the technology in the Panamera which will have to hold you over until we get to drive the Panamera this summer. We hope to have more live shots soon, but for now, click on the galleries below and check out the official press release after the jump.




[Source: Porsche]

PRESS RELEASE:

Porsche Panamera makes World Debut in Shanghai

Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, presented the 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 12 September 2009. The Panamera is making its debut as an eight-cylinder delivering 400 and, respectively, 500 horsepower and with both rear-wheel and all-wheel drive, a six-cylinder gasoline 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."

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 (195.7") in length but only 1.42 metres (55.9") in height, 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-seater 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.

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 most conveniently at the touch of a button.

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. The driver's seat and cockpit offers optimum ergonomics all round, a low seating position providing that direct contact to the road again so typical of Porsche. The passengers, in turn, all enjoy highly comfortable single seats. The luxuriously appointed interior, finally, already offering a supreme standard on the regular series models, may naturally be upgraded on request by a wide range of optional extras and special equipment.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      A lot of doubters here but I bet this car makes a ton of money for Porsche.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think there are many that say it won't sell well but I think many are disappointed that Porsche has sold it's soul for $$$.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Catapult: explain to me where the achingly gorgeous current porches are in the range, I don't see any in production.

        Furthermore, would you rather Porsche not adapt to a changing market and go the way of GM? I just don't follow logic based only on nostalgia of generations back, incapable of recognizing the reality of the business Porsche must continue to adapt to.

        We've know for YEARS that Porsche is in the strong financial position it is in because it's SUV sold. We've known for YEARS that a simple, close minded view of their enterprise, focusing only on two door mid engine cars would have doomed them. Get with the reality of 2009, life's a little less cynical that way.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Kappy: I sure hope so, that'd be the best thing to come from the chrysler deal.. though, like GM, they appear inept at setting things straight, so i wont be holding my breath.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's not growing on me. However, that's because I've always liked it.

      I'd love to have one, but I can't even pretend to be able to afford one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still think a slightly smaller, A6-sized model would've been a nice M5/CTS-V-killer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      goddess help me, i'm starting to like this car. after seeing 2 of them tested in Car and Driver this month, with dirt on them, and both of them sporting black wheels, i think it's a pretty hot 4 door.

      as far as a V6 being 'blasphemous' in a Porsche, not at all. porsches have sported inline 4s, boxer 4s and 6s, V8s, V10s etc. Porsche has used front engines, mid engines and rear engines. there is no specific layout they won't try, although of course, the 911 remains their standard bearer. even the Cayenne can be had with a V6 and now a diesel.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Check out that chrome-ringed cup holder.

      Wait... a cup holder?

      AAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        What, even 911s have cup holders. (Retractable though they may be.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've always been that weird guy who liked this car from the start. It's no Rapide but it still looks pretty good to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Porsche with a V6? Not that this conforms with Porche identity otherwise, but isn't that particularly blasphemous?
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're just arguing for the sake of it now. Admit it, they could have put in a flat six and given it some brand heritage. And the mercedes bmw argument is a bit silly... Just because it's no less Porsche than two other SUVs doesn't make it at all Porsche. I understand it's a sales success and allows them to develop more true porsches, but it's not really an iconic porsche.
        • 5 Years Ago
        As if an SUV fits in with Porsche's identity...
        • 5 Years Ago
        not if you follow the brand, at all. since the introduction of their SUV, many years ago, which, gasp, carried a vw v6.
      • 5 Years Ago
      From the A-pillar forward, it looks pretty good. Can't get over that fat ass, though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      umm...*trying to think of a compliment*

      Those wheels sure are round..
        • 5 Years Ago
        saw them in Yosemite NP on an engineering test run (Panamera Turbo, 4 of them) a few weeks ago. Honestly, i hate how they look in pictures...but, find them much more amenable in person.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Amenable to what?
        /grammar nazi

        I hope Porsche is amenable to changing the rear quarter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        umm that paint sure is shiny
        • 5 Years Ago
        Compliement...... I guess it looks very masculine with the optional hitch and the dealer-installed TruckNutz.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Play along zamafir. up here ruining the party.
      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm color blind but can someone tell me if that is green on the main picture?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        Correction, that appears to be Carbon grey metallic
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        I think that is Atlas grey
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very nice pictures, especially the cut-away for engine, trans, and suspensions. It is very nicely built, worth of the money, to say the least.
      • 5 Years Ago
      who here hates that car? lol
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