These are the first official pictures of the new Porsche Panamera, which will be going on sale next year. The car will make its official debut at the Geneva show next March, and although official prices have yet to be released, we believe that the range will start below £50,000 – stretching to nearly £100,000 for the fastest version.
Porsche says that the car has been designed to accommodate ‘four big people and their luggage’. The Panamera’s proportions will help to distinguish it from rival top-end saloons; it’s considerably lower and wider than rivals like the Mercedes CLS and Maserati Quattroporte, yet also lighter and shorter.
The top-spec 500bhp Panamera V8 Turbo 4x4 offers an ungoverned 200mph top speed, with acceleration in 911 territory. From launch, Porsche will also offer a petrol-electric hybrid with fuel economy and CO2 emissions not so different from a 2.0-litre Ford Mondeo’s.
Porsche plans to build 20,000 Panameras a year, delivered from a final-assembly plant in Leipzig.