It is being called a four-door, but in fact it has a hatch like boot and folding rear seats for added versatility. Inside there are four individual seats and although it is a completely different model, Porsche is happy to admit that it carries the DNA from the rest of the range.
The Panamera will be offered with six and eight cylinder engines, ranging in power from 300 to 500bhp, and some of the units will use a turbocharger. There is also a chance that the car could use the turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine recently announced for the Cayenne SUV. The flow of power to the wheels goes either through a manual six-speed gearbox or the Porsche seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), or double-clutch gearbox. The grand tourer will be offerted in both two and four-wheel drive.
Further details on the engines, transmissions, performance, prices and equipment will be disclosed in the spring 2009. The Porsche Panamera will be built at the companyís Leipzig Plant, where a production hall measuring 22,000 sq m (almost 237,000 sq ft) and a logistics centre are currently under construction.
Porsche is once again cooperating largely with German suppliers in the production of the Panamera, with 70 per cent of the carís overall value being created domestically. The new four-door Porsche Panamera gran turismo will be making its world debut in spring 2009, and the first models will be arriving in Porsche Centres worldwide from late summer next year.