Porsche Panamera stands straight up in the freight elevator

Porsche Panamera straight up in the freight elevator at Shanghai World Financial Center
Porsche Panamera straight up in the freight elevator at Shanghai World Financial Center

The Porsche Panamera was unveiled at the 2009 Auto Shanghai. Prior to the main show a small preview event took place. A vehicle needed to be transported there but it was apparently not a simple task.

The event happened on the 94th floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center and getting anything of size up to such levels requires either heavy cranes, scaffolding or a helicopter. The organisers went with an elevator. They packed the five-metre long Porsche upright into a service elevator using a motor ramp and some serious manpower. In the end they were able to take the Panamera 425 metres (1,394 ft) up to what is described as the world's highest event platform.

German Porsche dealerships are now taking orders for the four-door performance sedan which debuts there in September with three initial models. These are a 400bhp (298kW) 2WD Panamera S, a Panamera 4S with AWD and a 500bhp (373kW) Panamera Turbo AWD.

Driving the wheels is the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) 7-speed double-clutch gearbox. US manufacturer suggested retail prices will be US$89,800 for the Panamera S, US$93,800 for the Panamera 4S and US$132,600 for the Turbo when it launches in October.


Source: Porsche
Published Apr 21st, 2009 5:48pm By Thami Masemola

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kay2009 kay2009
It's amazing they figure out a way to fit this car into the elevator, doesn't this remind anyone of the parking garage scene in IRobot? For me the Panamera looks okay from the front, I really don't like the back though. I noticed how many people bashed the car, there's nothing wrong with that it's your opinion. But how many of you can afford a Panamera? This is aimed towards current Porsche owners (911 Turbo, CGT etc...) who would otherwise purchase an S-Class or a 7 series for thier family runabout; now with this new model they can buy a sedan within the Porsche family. Therefore, this car will sell not because of how it looks, it will sell because it's a Porsche.
Apr 22nd, 2009 7:09pm
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scratchy996 scratchy996
you got it right.
Apr 23rd, 2009 8:27am
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kay2009 kay2009
Scratchy996: Thanks! And I wanted to add, the reason why this is mainly aimed at current porsche owners is because if I (and most of you) only had money to buy ONE Porsche at +80,000USD a pop, a Panamera isn't going to be my choice. I'm sure many would agree.
Apr 23rd, 2009 3:24pm
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Wunderkind Wunderkind
The building in question is a commerical building and not a convention/exhibition centre. Hence the absence of a 'proper' car size freight lift. The fact that the lift used was tall enough to fit a Panamera in an upright position tells me the architects didn't skim on cost when designing the building. I'd like the name of the removalist company too. They were good, very good.
Apr 22nd, 2009 5:28pm
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davethepetrolhead davethepetrolhead
I'm guessing the Chinese don't have very strict safety laws you probably wouldn't get away with doing that in another country. Most ppl have seen pics of big forklifts lifting a small forklift carring a aircon unit or something like that in China.
Apr 22nd, 2009 3:16pm
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sonomagun... displaying that slack rump in full view is downright....CRIMINAL
Apr 22nd, 2009 9:18am
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need4speed need4speed
dare i say...prepare for lift off?
Apr 22nd, 2009 6:01am
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Renegade Renegade
Oh yeah, send it to Saturn and leave it there.
Apr 22nd, 2009 7:40am
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gonzalala gonzalala
in china the show host you
Apr 22nd, 2009 5:37am
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
Ok, something tells me these guys are doing this because they are desparate to find the angle that this car looks good in. Can someone tell 'em this little thing? THEY WON'T.
Apr 22nd, 2009 5:01am
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94th floor why?? is it that crowded on land ?
Apr 22nd, 2009 5:01am
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Carbonpower Carbonpower
My God it might just sell, they did buy the Cayenne
Apr 22nd, 2009 4:29am
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Beetle Beetle
Even if it is ugly at the rear , this is a clever marketing trick.
Apr 22nd, 2009 3:13am
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mn07 mn07
what an elevator my elevator if thers more than 5 people is beeps and says overloaded
Apr 22nd, 2009 2:59am
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unknownuser unknownuser
well in china the show host you
Apr 22nd, 2009 2:54am
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persian187 persian187
You kids are nuts. its hot and everyone will want one.
Apr 22nd, 2009 2:49am
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scratchy996 scratchy996
the kids won't be happy until every car will look like the ones in fast and furious.
Apr 22nd, 2009 6:20am
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carcrazy1234 carcrazy1234
what in gods name do you see in this car EXCEPT ugliness? its absolutely hideous. if you want to go look at a beautiful car turn your head and body over to an aston martin dealership and look at the rapide. now THAT'S how a supercar should be turned into a 4 door sedan
Apr 22nd, 2009 2:07pm
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scratchy996 scratchy996
carcrazy1234 , you obviously don't know much about the car industry.
Apr 22nd, 2009 6:41pm
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ubercool ubercool
maybe they were thinking of dropping it from the 94th floor, to see if the rear end might look better lol.
Apr 22nd, 2009 12:33am
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sub39h sub39h
Apr 22nd, 2009 12:54am
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alamak alamak
LMAO...that's a good one
Apr 22nd, 2009 3:44am
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carbonsigma carbonsigma
Apr 22nd, 2009 8:45am
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NardoW12 NardoW12
$89800 for the S model with PDK? That's not very bad, expect for with all the options that you need to add on a Porsche, it will be north of $100000 for the S one...
Apr 22nd, 2009 12:10am
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Siawa Siawa
I thought I misread 94th floor. 94th Floor?! Really?!
Apr 22nd, 2009 12:05am
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booost booost
What in the hell were they thinking hosting a motoring event on the 94th floor?
Apr 21st, 2009 11:43pm
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Bristol411S3 Bristol411S3
Nope, doesn't look good from that angle either. ;-)
Apr 21st, 2009 10:50pm
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Renegade Renegade
LoL, good one, but really why didn't they install a proper car elevator, -1 for the architect who designed the building.
Apr 22nd, 2009 7:43am
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