Autocar spy photographers have the best spyshots yet of the Porche Pananmera
11 August 2008

These latest spy shots of the four-door Porsche Panamera are the best yet, revealing in clearer detail than ever the grand tourer’s sleek shape and, for the first time, its plush new interior.

This Panamera’s well-appointed tan leather cabin is clearly visible in our photographs. It’s dominated by a wide and high-set centre console, which should deliver a wrap-around, cosseting sensation that befits a continent-bashing GT.

The gear level looks as if it could be a manual, but it’s really a Speedtronic DSG unit with subtle gear selectors on the front of the steering wheel. Porsche seems to be persisting with the controversial back-to-front button shifters, as seen on the latest PDK 911, rather than more traditional paddles.

The flat, centrally mounted navigation screen is set unusually low, but should be a new-generation touch screen system. Most of the system controls are mounted on the imposing centre console, leaving a clutter-free dashboard.

Porsche’s first ever four-door will be launched in the second-half of next year. Autocar’s seen a prototype; in the metal it’s low, sleek, around five-metres long and should have space for two adults in the rear.

The Panamera’s based on the same platform as the Cayenne, and will boast a range of longitudinally mounted engines including a direct-injection V8, a V6 and potentially a diesel V6. It will also become the first Porsche to deliver the company’s new electric-gasoline hybrid system, which will also be fitted to the next generation Cayenne in 2010.

Stuttgart intends to build around 30,000 Panamera’s per year and a starting price of around £50k has been forecast.

Will Powell

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11 August 2008

[quote giulivo72]

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well said giulivo72.

11 August 2008

I'm still very undecided about this car. With some of the rumors published about pricing and the various spy-shots I've seen, I'm not sure it stands much of a chance. These interior shots don't really help.

http://993c4s.com/cars/porsche-panamera/pricing-for-the-porsche-panamera...

11 August 2008

It has certain things in common with the Cayenne, 10 feet wide and butt ugly!!!

11 August 2008

What a great time to be launching an ugly expensive car.

Still look what the Cayenne did for them.

Where has all Japanese design went to?

11 August 2008

[quote Zeddy]

Still look what the Cayenne did for them. [/quote]

Made fat Americans happy, and Porsche-fans sick?

12 August 2008

Sleek? Compared to what, a whale? Looks like a fat 911. Bet it weighs the earth too.

12 August 2008

Just a simple question - why does every Porsche have to look like a 911 and, if this is so, why do they need to employ stylists?

13 August 2008

[quote RobotBoogie]Just a simple question - why does every Porsche have to look like a 911 and, if this is so, why do they need to employ stylists?[/quote]

Simple answer - when Porsche make cars that don't look like a 911 people don't buy them

13 August 2008

Wil they be lifting the disguise off to reveal the real bodywork anytime soon, or are Porsche playing another cruel trick on us fans and buyers of Porsche sports cars? I'm coming to the conclusion that the company should have 2 strings of showrooms a la BMW / Mini, then I won't have to bear the embarrassing associations when I wish to visit. Equally, frustrated mums and dads won't have to deal with fractious children and their endless pleas to get one of the 'proper' ones.

I suppose the company line is that customers should be sensible and buy one of each! (What credit crunch?).

PaulJ

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