Four-seater Porsche unveiled at Shanghai motor show
21 April 2009

This is the Porsche Panamera, pictured at a function ahead of its unveiling at the Shanghai motor show tomorrow (Monday).

Our photographer was at the event, and you can see more pictures by clicking on the image gallery.

Read Chas Hallett's blog live from the Shanghai motor show here

Penned by former Saab design boss Michael Mauer, the Panamera will compete directly against luxury sports saloon newcomers the Aston Martin Rapide and Jaguar XFR.

Despite the coupe-like aesthetic, the five-metre long Panamera will be a very spacious four-seater with 470-litres of boot space.

On UK sale from 12 September, prices start from £72,226.

It will initially be available with a 4.8-litre V8, which in the S and 4S models develops 394bhp at 6,500rpm. In the Turbo, power will be boosted to 493bhp at 6,000rpm.

Porsche says 0-62mph times will be 5.6 seconds for the S, 5 seconds for 4S and 4.2 seconds for the Turbo, which will also get to 100mph in nine seconds and go on to a top speed of 188mph.

A cheaper variant will follow next year, powered by a modified version of Audi’s 300bhp 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine, which is expected to bring the price down to about £65,000.

Speaking in Shanghai, Wolfgang Durheimer, Porsche's R&D boss, denied that the company is planning a diesel or long wheelbase version of the car.

However, a hybrid model, using the V6 engine, will go on sale in 2011.

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