This is the best shot we’ve seen of the upcoming four-door Porsche. The image sourced from CocheSpias
has been modified to give us a better idea of what the car will look like. It reveals one that borrows its styling from the 911, but that's about all it shares with the iconic coupe. Much of the Panamera's internals will be shared with the Cayenne, namely its V8 engines and interior fittings. A potent S model will develop roughly 500hp thanks to the twin-turbo 4.5L V8
also lifted from the Cayenne. What we’re most excited about is the possibility of a new hybrid option
that will feature an electric motor mated to high-performance V6.
Porsche is also likely to develop a coupe version in the essence of the original 928 that ceased production back in 1995. Sharing the Panamera’s underpinnings, the new car would be a front-engine GT and compete against the likes of the BMW M6, Jaguar XKR and Aston Martin DB9. According to Car and Driver,
the launch date is at least two years after the release of the Panamera, so 2011 at the earliest.
Built off a shorter wheelbase version of the Panamera platform, the GT is likely to share roughly 60 percent with the four-door Porsche. Some of the major differences will be the firmer tuning of the suspension set-up for improved handling. Also, a lighter body and more poke from the engines will provide for a substantial boost in performance for the GT over the Panamera. Any hybrid option is likely to be carried over as well as a rumoured 6.0L V10 developing around 650hp.