2010 Porsche Panamera
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2010 Porsche Panamera

Mississauga, Ontario – Porsche has released the first official photos of its new four-door Panamera which is expected to go on sale in the summer of 2009. Porsche’s unique four-seater was conceived as a four-door grand touring sports car: measuring 1,931 mm in width and 1,418 mm in height, it is wider and lower than comparable four-door models.

The Panamera will be offered with six and eight cylinders with output ranging from 300 to 500 horsepower; some engines use turbocharging technology and Direct Fuel Injection. Transmissions include a manual six-speed gearbox or Porsche’s seven-speed PDK Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, or Double-Clutch Gearbox.

In addition to rear-wheel drive, the top version of the Panamera comes with sophisticated all-wheel drive, available on other models as an option. Porsche is also preparing a fuel-efficient Panamera hybrid.

The Porsche Panamera will be built at Porsche’s Leipzig Plant, where a 22,000 square-metre production hall and a logistics centre are currently under construction. While the Panamera engines are built at Porsche’s Main Plant in Zuffenhausen, painted bodyshells will be supplied by Volkswagen’s Hanover plant. The Leipzig Plant will then assemble the Panamera for final delivery, with an annual sales target of about 20,000 units. Porsche is once again cooperating with German suppliers, with some 70 per cent of the car’s overall value being created in Germany.

The Panamera will make its world debut in spring 2009 and the first models will be at dealers worldwide in late summer of next year.

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