The Porsche Panamera will cost more than rivals from Mercedes, Audi and BMW, but undercut the forthcoming Aston Martin Rapide by over £70k, when it goes on sale in the UK in September.
The Porsche Panamera model range will hit showrooms on 12 September. Its line-up will comprise the V8-powered 400bhp £72,226 Panamera S, the four-wheel-drive 400bhp £77,269 Panamera 4S, and the four-wheel-drive 500bhp £95,298 Panamera Turbo.
Cheaper V6 petrol and V6 petrol-electric hybrid versions of the Porsche Panamera are scheduled to join the range in autumn 2010; a V6 diesel version has also been mooted. For the time being, though, the entry point to the Panamera range will be only £2500 cheaper that the price of Audi’s 572bhp RS6 mega-saloon.
Porsche’s PDK twin-clutch gearbox will be standard on both the Panamera 4S and Turbo. Only the rear-driven ‘S’ model will come with a six-speed manual ’box as standard, with the double-clutch system as a £2289 option. All Panameras with PDK will also get a Porsche Auto Start Stop system, a first for Porsche, which halts engine combustion when the car is stationary.