Porsche Panamera Officially Unveiled in Shanghai

2010 Porsche Panamera Live from Auto Shanghai 2009
2010 Porsche Panamera Live from Auto Shanghai 2009

In a move that further entrenches China as a force to be reckoned with in the automotive industry, Porsche unveiled the new Panamera four-door four-seat Gran Turismo at Auto Shanghai 2009. The Panamera is a car of almost five metres in length which is aimed at Porsche fans with extra space requirements but not at the sacrifice of performance.

Powering the Panamera is a range of engines that includes two V8s making 400bhp (298kW) with RWD and 500bhp (373kW) in AWD plus a V6. German dealerships will receive the Panamera on September 12 with a hybrid following some time later.

Some notable technological innovations fitted to the vehicle include an air suspension system with extra air volume available on demand in each damper and the first Start/Stop system that comes with an automatic transmission according to the press release. Attention was also paid to the weight of the car and its aerodynamic attributes so the best overall performance could be obtained out of it.

The Panamera becomes the fourth model in a Porsche range that already has the 911, the Cayman/Boxster and Cayenne on its menu.

"Introducing the Panamera," said Klaus Berning, Executive Vice-President Sales and Marketing of Porsche AG, "we are entering a market segment completely new for our customers and we are once again consistently expanding our model portfolio."


Source: Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG.
Published Apr 20th, 2009 12:55am By Thami Masemola

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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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fattychrisbmw fattychrisbmw
is that GT silver in the photos? or platinum silver?
May 7th, 2009 6:45pm
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Ugly as f@*k!
May 3rd, 2009 9:30pm
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those females standing aside are richly endowed with more pleasing rumps over this Zuffenhausen freak .
Apr 23rd, 2009 6:55am
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those females standing aside are richly endowed with far more pleasing rump profiles over this Zuffenhausen freak .
Apr 23rd, 2009 6:52am
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gtrs09 gtrs09
no other sedan goes 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds... competition won't beat that
Apr 22nd, 2009 10:45am
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jslcarfan jslcarfan
I agree with Imasa, the 911's look stunning on the road, My guess is you can't fully judge this car tell you see it pass you on the freeway.
Apr 22nd, 2009 8:32am
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Imasa Imasa
Any opinion that is given without having seen the car in person is not fully enlightened. My preliminary thoughts are that the car does not look very nice. But I'm sure that this opinion will change when I see it in person. Therefore, I'll reserve my judgment until then.
Apr 22nd, 2009 4:40am
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unknownuser unknownuser
I repeat again...this car was produced as a reaction to people who grew tired of their high-end SUV's and do not care to take delivery of a rep car estate (5 series, E-Class...even the M or AMG badged ones) because they want something different when they a)go touring b)take the client/friends out for a round of golf. Look at the utility you get with the rear hatch...easily big enough for golf bags for the driver plus guests(s)... If you consider the number of Cayennes and Cayenne Turbos that were sold...then it is a good barometer for the market for this car...plus it will steal some potential customers of the estate versions(may be even sedan versions) of the M6, E63, RS6. On a sarcastic note...this car is the perfect car for the well-off guy that needs to slash expenses and consolidate. He can sell his Range Rover, E or S class, and the Boxster and get one of these! With the spare room in the garage, he can convert it into a small apartment and rent it out to people that need cheap housing... This car is brilliant...it is the solution for a multitude of socio-economic problems!
Apr 22nd, 2009 2:52am
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omardarwish55 omardarwish55
When I began watching the video, and the car in motion, I kinda liked it till I saw the shot with the side view !! I hate how the back looks from the side ! They couldn't come up with something so they scaled up a 911's back !! compare it to a lambo estoque concept (design wise) ... However the interior looks like a pretty nice place to be !
Apr 21st, 2009 2:44pm
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octagon octagon
You can say what you like about the styling, everyone is entitled to their opinion but the bottom line is that ths car will have no equal in this segment and Im sure they will sell plenty even in these testing times.
Apr 21st, 2009 11:46am
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
unique design and it will kick the competition´s ass additionally with his big b utt, that´s for sure
Apr 21st, 2009 6:41am
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gtrs09 gtrs09
the panamera turbo goes 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds with sport chrono
Apr 21st, 2009 6:18am
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AmazingJerry AmazingJerry
I think it looks great, especially in photo 17 - the side profile viewed from above. Much better to see the live photos.
Apr 21st, 2009 6:07am
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indahead indahead
it looks pretty good.The people who DON'T like it,can't afford it anyway....so i guess Prosche doesnt give a sh*t what you think.
Apr 21st, 2009 5:44am
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brocky brocky
That's true indahead. Porsche doesn't aim for ALL types of buyers. They know that their style is appealing to their class of buyers and that's all that matters to them. I personally think this car is a beast.
Apr 21st, 2009 5:56am
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unknownuser unknownuser
Well, I can afford it, but I think the back is a disASSter. It looks really bloated. This whole class of cars doesn't make sense to me. Have you tried to get in or out of a CLS without hitting your head? The Panamera and Rapide (much as I love AMs) are going to be way worse.
Apr 21st, 2009 8:00am
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termigni termigni
it's cool but i'll go buy a Fisker Karma over any of these 4 door coupes.
Apr 21st, 2009 5:41am
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reyngel reyngel
I think it's ridiculous to say that the design is successful simply because "it will grown on us over time." That's such an easy out. A successful design is one that the majority of people like. Not one that people have to get used to. Furthermore, it's also ridiculous to claim that the public isn't entitled thinking that the design is ugly just because they haven't seen on in person. If a car looks ugly in photos, there's a good chance it's going to look ugly in person, too. I can't wait until the Porsche fanboys start coming up with retaliating arguments after people start seeing them in real life, and still think they're butt-ugly.
Apr 21st, 2009 5:16am
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brocky brocky
You're wrong. A successful design in the upper echelon of the automobile world is a design that appeals to a specific class of buyers. In this case, the upper class. It needs to be unique because the upper class likes to be unique. It cannot appeal to everybody like other mass producing vehicles.
Apr 21st, 2009 6:00am
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scratchy996 scratchy996
correct , a successful design is one that sells. rich people like this car , they will buy it , who cares about the peasants who say this car is ugly , they wont buy it anyway.
Apr 21st, 2009 10:16pm
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alessandro alessandro
Intellectuals are poor, not peasants. So ugly still ugly.
Apr 22nd, 2009 2:24am
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alessandro alessandro
Chinese like it, it is expensive enough.
Apr 21st, 2009 3:58am
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deciofp deciofp
The Cayenne is horrible too... but it sells... its Porsche!
Apr 21st, 2009 3:07am
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Seriously Porsche, just when I thought you couldn't make more of an epic fail that facelifting the Cayenne, you amaze me with this ugly Piece of s... Oh man...
Apr 21st, 2009 2:10am
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hinmonster hinmonster
Apr 21st, 2009 1:31am
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Get_real Get_real
It's really funny how every single piece of information about this car is generating the same huge amount of reactions. With many based on nothing and it seems more a pissing contest to have the strongest or coolest way of slamming this car. My favorite is things in the line of: 'you must be crazy if you choose this car over a Rapide'. Must be the dumbest remark ever especially because it is only based on exterior design. I have a pretty strong hunch which of the two will be the best to drive. Well, I like driving! So, without any hesitation I would pick the Panamera. If that's crazy, well heck, then I'm crazy. But hey, please do keep me entertained with your pissing contest!
Apr 20th, 2009 9:30pm
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scratchy996 scratchy996
sign me up for the crazy club.
Apr 21st, 2009 1:09am
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