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Starting in May, fans of the big four-door gran turismo from Porsche will be able to opt for a more affordable and fuel efficient variant. The V6-powered Panamera and all-wheel-drive Panamera 4 will debut on April 23 at the Beijing Motor Show before going on sale worldwide a few weeks later. The new non-S and non-turbo variants are propelled by an updated 3.6-liter V6 engine that is also shared with the Cayenne and various other vehicles within the sprawling Volkswagen Group.

For the Panamera, and presumably the new Cayenne that debuts at the Geneva Motor Show in a couple of weeks, the V6 now produces 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. That's a bump of 10 hp and 22 lb-ft versus the V6 in the current Cayenne, though the new motor is in fact an all-new Porsche-designed 90-degree V6 built in Zuffenhausen, not the SUV's VW-derived mill. All V6-powered Panameras get Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual clutch gearbox with drive torque going to the rear axle or both axles in the case of the Panamera 4. Like V8-powered Panameras that have been on sale since last fall, the V6 versions also get automatic start-stop. EPA fuel economy numbers won't be available until closer to the on-sale date in the U.S., but the German press release quotes a combined rating of 25.3 mile per gallon (U.S.) for the rear-drive model and 24.5 mpg for the all-wheel-drive model. U.S. numbers will probably be about 3-4 mpg lower thanks to the more conservative test procedure used by the EPA.

In addition to lower operating costs, the V6 Panamera will also be less expensive to buy. The rear-drive model starts at $74,400 with the Panamera 4 carrying a base sticker of $78,900.

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Porsche Adds New Panamera Models to its Gran Turismo Lineup

Sporting a new 300-horsepower V6 engine, the Panamera and Panamera 4 deliver Porsche driving excitement, high comfort, and excellent fuel efficiency

ATLANTA – February 16, 2010 – Porsche Cars North America today announced the addition of two new Panamera models, just three months after successfully launching the first four-door Gran Turismo in three V8 flavors: the Panamera S, the Panamera 4S and the Panamera Turbo.

The Panamera and Panamera 4, the model line's new entry level versions, will be in Porsche dealerships in June 2010. Both feature a brand-new 3.6-liter V6 with Direct Fuel Injection (DFI) developing 300 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. The Panamera transmits its power to the road via the rear wheels, while the Panamera 4 comes standard with active all-wheel drive. U.S. models will include Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), Porsche's new and revolutionary seven-speed double-clutch gearbox, as standard equipment.

The Panamera and Panamera 4 are examples of the Porsche Intelligent Performance development strategy. Equipped with the PDK gearbox and the Auto Start Stop function, Porsche expects these new models to be considerably more fuel efficient than their normally aspirated V8 siblings. Official U.S. EPA fuel economy figures will be announced closer to the new models' on-sale date, and both meet the strict EU5 emission standard in Europe and the LEV standard in the United States. And like all Panamera models, they are not subject to a gas-guzzler tax.

Porsche has always focused on superior efficiency and performance, and in the case of these new Panamera models these long-held tenets are not mutually exclusive. One example of this ideal combination of qualities is consistent lightweight construction with the axles, doors, hood, front fenders and tailgate all made of aluminum. Likewise, the brand new 90-degree angle V6 powerplant built at Porsche's engine plant in Zuffenhausen is approximately 66 lbs. lighter than the Porsche V8 in the Panamera S and 4S. This contributes to the low overall curb weight, which in the case of the Panamera with the PDK transmission is just 3,880 lbs. (1,730 kg).

Like the proven V8 models, both the Panamera and the Panamera 4, as genuine Gran Turismos, combine a sporting character with a high standard of comfort and everyday driving qualities. Steel suspension with variable dampers is standard, and adaptive air suspension with additional air volume on demand is available as an option. This provides a wide range of suspension qualities and features, with a high level of motoring comfort on the one hand and extremely sporting driving dynamics on the other.

Both models will be making their world debut at the Beijing Motor Show on April 23, 2010. The Panamera and Panamera 4 MSRPs are $74,400 and $78,900, respectively.

Since its U.S. introduction in October 2009, the Panamera has received numerous awards and recognition. The Panamera Turbo was named Playboy Magazine's 2010 Car of the Year. Others include an Edmunds Inside Line Editors' Most Wanted Award, inclusion in Edmunds.com's Top Recommended Vehicles list, two Car and Driver Editors Choice Awards (Sports Sedans and Luxury Sedans), Bloomberg Car of the Year, About.com Cars Best New Cars of 2010, and NADAguides.com's Car of the Month for January.

About Porsche Cars North America, Inc.

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga., is the exclusive importer of Porsche vehicles for the United States. It is a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. PCNA employs approximately 180 people who provide Porsche vehicles, parts, service, marketing and training for its 200 dealers. The dealers, in turn, provide Porsche owners with best-in-class service. Throughout its 61-year history, Porsche has developed numerous technologies that have advanced vehicle performance, improved safety and spurred environmental innovations within the automotive industry. The company continues to celebrate its heritage by adding to its long list of motorsports victories dating back to its first 24 Hours of Le Mans class win in 1951. Today, with more than 28,000 victories, Porsche is recognized as the world's most successful brand in sports car racing. PCNA, which imports the iconic 911 series, the highly acclaimed Boxster and Cayman mid-engine sports cars, high-end Cayenne sport utility vehicles and the four-passenger Panamera Gran Turismos, strives to maintain a standard of excellence, commitment and distinction synonymous with its brand.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Take one of the ugliest Porsches ever built, and make it completely pointless.

      You know, most Porsches either have show (914, 944) or they have go (911, Cayman, Carerra GT). This one has neither.

      Sue me. I think the 914 is a good looking car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What are you talking about? This car is totally functional and the turbo has loads of "go". It's the best driving saloon out there right... including the M5.
      • 5 Years Ago
      RIP Porsche. (1931-2010)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why 2010? Why not 2004?
      • 5 Years Ago
      A 300-hp, 4000lb sedan for $74k


        • 5 Years Ago
        of course not, im just saying it is embarrassing to spend $74k on a porsche sports sedan that runs neck and neck with a garden variety camry. So yeah this is not a sport sedan, this is a luxury sedan for those who want to be seen in a Porsche.
        • 5 Years Ago
        But it is a Camry, 4 wheel struts. -and it ain't no Porsche Cayman.
        The Panamera has a 10: frickin' 1 ratio spread 7 speed double clutch.
        • 5 Years Ago
        At 268 hp weighting 3483 the Camry SE has a better power to weight ratio
        camry 12.99 lbs / hp
        porsche 13.3 lbs / hp
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah , because in a luxury car all that matters is power. i guess the Camry has the same luxury, handling and exclusivity as the Panamera.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw it at an auto show last month. Looks gorgeous in person.
      A V6 should be a good idea, but i think the flat 6 would have been the better choice
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. I love them in person, always have. And now that they will be "starting" in the $80k range, the used market is really going to open up some prospects in 2013 when my other cars are paid off.

        I will be looking to trade up from my current 2005 TL to this in 2013. Maybe one can be had with decent miles for $40,000.
        • 5 Years Ago
        74k for 300 hp sedan with questionable looks. And i am guessing that is without ticking any of the optional boxes. Overpriced is the only thing coming in mind.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ PDKid

        If I'm going to spend that amount of money on a luxury sedan it should be unquestionably beautiful. Even if I was fortunate enough to own one, its time would be spent commuting to work (like what most people would be doing in a Panamera), in which case, I'm pretty sure the other cars you listed are more than adequate on the luxury/comfort front and, IMO, are all more desirable to the eye.

        These "but it drives so well" type arguments are boring and stale. I don't need an "expert" to tell me that my $130K+ Porsche sedan shreds. It sure as hell better.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ahhh....... "The Hunchback of Stuttgart "....

        now with V6.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Francis - life and death!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm surprised that nobody commented on the toque output of this V6... 295lb-ft is pretty amazing for an N/A 3.6L V6.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You can almost hear this car saying "I want to be a two door. Please, I can't take it anymore,....owe I promise papa Porsche....I'll never complain again, I"ll never say I don't have enough rear seat room....really, I do."

      Kind of like Pinnochio wishing he was a real boy.
      • 5 Years Ago
       As regards the car's looks, there's little to nothing we can do about that. .
      Taken from the current Panamera web special:
      "The first relationship with the Panamera concept was anything but romantic for Michael Mauer, Porsche's head designer. In our endeavor to answer the question as to why the Panamera looks the way it does,  we quickly encounter the issue of proportions. The proportions are determined by the dimensions. Not each single dimension, but always their relationship: height to width. A proportionality that Mauer expresses as follows: 'In terms of proportions, the Panamera is even more drmatic and sportier than the 911!" The compact length, it's comparatively low height,  and the accentuated width create the initial framework for the car's design"
      I think the only regrets Mauer has is that he probably had a smoother design down initially, but when then chief Wiedeking insisted on greater headroom ('6footers should sit comfortable in those rear seats'), it dramatically altered and contributed to the bulkiness that is apparent now. The next iterations should be a lot sleeker, having taken lessons from the current car's situation, but the greatest hope is that when/if there is a two door variant, Mauer will have no restrictions at all because the goal, space wise, then will be purely on designing a GT Car that happens to seat four 'rather' comfortably, instead of designing the whole structure around the notion of four people seated in comfort/luxury. 
      • 5 Years Ago
      The V6 Panamera will be perfectly adequate for corrupt businesspeople and officials to roll around Beijing at speeds up to 10 mph
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't have a problem with a 3.6L V6 Panamera. I think the $75K+ price tag will keep it exclusive enough.

      My problem is with it's power output. Infinity is getting 328HP from their similar sized V6.

      Also 400HP from a V8 is insufficient, given the price and weight. As for turbo V8, even the X5-M has over 550HP.

      The line up should be 330HP+ V6, 440HP+ V8, 550HP+ Turbo V8.

      One more thing - despite all that, I'd buy the Panamera in an instant (currently driving XFR), if it had an option for a rear middle seat or an anchor for a child seat in the middle.

      On occasion, I'd like to take wife in front, 2 boys + toddler in the back. Not an option on Panamera.

      Even VW, reconsidered and now added an option for a middle seat on the CC.

      It is for rare and occasion use only, but if you need it, you need.

      This would allow the Panamera to be one of two cars in a 2-car household. It would be Panamera-S/Cayman-S for us if it had the middle rear seat and a bit more power.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw about 2 of these now and I LOVE how they look.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does anyone have the answer to this? Are there figures published (yet) that show whether or not this car is meeting its projected sales figures? If it is, I can't imagine why. Top Gear had the Panamera on last nights show and it was somewhat dished(!)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Really? You're seeing them in New York? Does the car's roof line look as bad in person as in photographs? I mean, really, it's not a sleek looking car...which Top Gear pointed out (and I agree with them)
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't think TopGear's opinions influence sales figures much (even though it's my favorite TV show)... I see a lot of Panameras in NYC, and personally think they look much better in person.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Saw it for the first time yesterday at the Chicago Auto Show. Porsche needs to hire a new stylist. Interior is awesome though.

      Oh, and nice display Porsche.
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