In addition to the pictures of its controversial super-saloon, Porsche has also released more technical details of the forthcoming Panamera.
Despite its size and performance, Porsche has integrated various weight-reduction measures. The car uses a steel monocoque structure, but the bonnet, doors and tailgate are all aluminium and there are many other lightweight metal and composite parts. All versions weigh less than 2000kg, and the lightest two-wheel-drive V6 is about 1600kg.
The car sits on a longish wheelbase of 2.92m to help accommodate the all-important rear compartment for two, along with a 100-litre fuel tank. Porsche says that one of the car’s key targets was to be no taller than a 911, and no longer than a Cayenne.
As with the Cayenne, Porsche has been none too subtle about stretching its sports car design cues over the Panamera. The effect is unmistakably Porsche and the proportions are certainly arresting. The interior has a high centre console and a five-dial instrument layout, also reminiscent of existing Porsches, but it is distinguished by some superbly crafted metal-finish switches, bezels and finishers.
Three petrol motors will be offered from launch: a 300bhp 3.6-litre V6, a 400bhp 4.8-litre normally-aspirated V8 and a 500bhp twin-turbo V8. The engines feature the latest direct fuel injection and electronic management measures to cut internal friction and ‘intelligent’ electrically operated oil and power steering pumps that consume less engine power than normal. Porsche says such features save about 6mpg.
The V6 is new, although it is understood soon to be shared by some VW Group models. The familiar Cayenne V6 ‘would not have fitted under the bonnet’.