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Porsche Panamera makes world debut at Shanghai Auto Show

 

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Porsche today unveiled its new Panamera grand tourer at the Shanghai Auto Show, ahead of its official European sales launch scheduled for September. The car will arrive in U.S. showrooms just one month later, although only the V8 variants will be offer initially.

These include the naturally aspirated Panamera S, AWD 4S and the flagship Turbo. The Panamera S is powered by a 4.8L V8 developing maximum output of 400hp (294kW). Power is transmitted to the rear wheels as an option by Porsche’s seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) double-clutch gearbox. Acceleration to 100km/h comes in 5.4 seconds and top speed is 283km/h.

The Panamera 4S features the same powerplant but thanks to AWD traction only needs 5.0 seconds to sprint to 100km/h. The range topping Panamera Turbo, meanwhile, sports a twin-turbo 4.8L V8 engine with a healthy 500hp (368kW) on tap. When equipped with the PDK the car will accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 4.2 seconds and reach a top speed of 303km/h.

All models will be available with PTM, Porsche Traction Management, and a unique new high-volume adjustable air suspension will also be available, offering a wide range of performance options including a Sport Plus mode that lowers the car even further, stiffens effective spring rates and lowering the center of gravity. The standard steel suspension is also available on all models.

The Panamera S will start at $89,800, while the AWD 4S will start at $93,800 and the flagship Turbo from $132,600. Later this year Porsche will introduce an entry-level V6 model and a petrol-electric hybrid.

Porsche made a last minute decision to swap the debut of the Panamera from last month’s Geneva Motor Show to this week’s Shanghai event. The decision for the shift was due to the increased importance in the Chinese market, in addition to rapidly growing neighbors such as India and Russia.

More than 8,190 Porsches were sold in China last financial year, and this was more than double the number of sales made the previous year. At the same time, sales in established markets, such as Germany, dropped by more than 5% over the same period.

Porsche CEO Wendelin Wiedeking said he is hoping for "new market opportunities" and a "stronger presence" in regions like China and the Middle East.

Porsche has set a firm production rate of 20,000 Panamera per year, but if demand drops the rate will be reduced. "In no case will we produce too many," Wiedeking explained. "In that case, I would intervene myself."

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  1. i cant like this car solely for the back of it..
     
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  2. Great - then I'll have yours, which I guess will make it miine. Fascinating though your personal preferences are, I think it's more interesting to contemplate what this means for the four door coupe sector in general. The Japanese and US manufacturers haven't really got in on this act, but as far as I can tell, Audi, BMW and Ferrari are the only high-end European manufacturers that do not have four door coupes. BMW has the X6, which I guess will have to do. Ferrari has said it's not interested, which really just leaves Audi. Since VW, Lamborghini and Bentley all do a 4-door coupe, how long before Audi does a sporty A8 with 4 doors? I guess they'll probably call it the S9 or something... Of course, once it takes over VW's operations, Porsche will probably kill the development of anything like that to avoid internal competition.
     
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  3. "The decision for the shift from Geneva to Shanghai was due to the increased importance in the Chinese market, in addition to rapidly growing neighbors such as India and Russia."

    Actually, I'm sure that most of the luxury car sales in Russia belong to the western region, thus very far from China and Russia.
     
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  4. i could never buy this car, if it were given to me i would surely drive it and love it but i would never spend money to get this there is soo many better options, to be honest id get a cls over one of these.
     
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  5. One would think they would unveil it on home territory, or home contitent, but hey, at least it's actually being unveiled this time...
     
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  6. The front is not as bad as I thought, but need to work on the rear.
     
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  7. As Jeremy Clarkson said, Porsche dosen't know how to redesign cars. Sure, make a 4 door sedan that looks like the original, but don't make it look like a stretched 911.
    CarFanatics Unlieashed, Porsche dosen't do so well in its homecountry, China is a booming country that is gaining massive amounts of wealth even with these tough times, so idealy, rich people will flock to buy a porsche.
     
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  8. As Jeremy Clarkson said, Porsche dosen't know how to redesign cars. Sure, make a 4 door sedan that looks like the original, but don't make it look like a stretched 911.
    CarFanatics Unlieashed, Porsche dosen't do so well in its homecountry, China is a booming country that is gaining massive amounts of wealth even with these tough times, so idealy, rich people will flock to buy a porsche.
     
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  9. Porsche is probably the only automaker that has the laziest non-progressive design team ever.

    All their cars are mere clones of the 911.
     
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  10. i respect porsche a lot with their 911, but panamera just looks really horrible. the rear just looks really out of place. engineering wise it might be great, design wise is awful. i agree with azlan, i would rather get cls.
     
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  11. The car looks awkward in its factory state. Tuners will be quick to design a new rear wing and aerodynamics that even out the proportions. Until then, interest will be low.
     
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  12. This thing deserves to fail, crash a burn. Today almost every single car manufacturer that matters is insulting their customer with disgustingly ugly designs. This is one of the worst, coming from one of the most revered car marques.
     
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  13. Always one to throw the fox in the hen house, I LOVE THE WAY THIS CAR LOOKS!! I really do and I was a big fan of the 928 when it was in production.
     
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  14. Always one to throw the fox in the hen house, I LOVE THE WAY THIS CAR LOOKS!! I really do and I was a big fan of the 928 when it was in production.

    as an initial detractor of the shape of the car given my porsche fanatacism, i have come around to it. Yes the rear look awkward but leaving the spoiler up willwork well, as will tighter body kit on the sills.

    On a side note be grateful with how much this is going to cost in the States. Here in Australia i will give you comparative pricing:

    The Panamera S will start at US$89,800 (AU$115,000) - will cost no less than AU$200,000

    The AWD 4S will start at US$93,800 (AU$120,000) - will cost no less than AU$250,000

    The flagship Turbo from US$132,600 (AU$150,000) - will cost no less than AU$320,000).

    Its an absolute joke. A entry level Cayman is AU$130,000 / US$100,000 here.

    And my ultimate car is the 928GTS...always was and always will be....the Land Shark will never die...shame the buggers are so expensive.
     
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  15. Wizards Lore- You could always move! Also let me guess in order to maintain socialism the Ausie government imposes some insane tax on imported cars?

    I love America and I can honestly say as kid growing up under Maggie Thatcher the Milk Snatcher that such words would never fall out of my mouth so easliy...
     
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  16. Wizards Lore- You could always move! Also let me guess in order to maintain socialism the Ausie government imposes some insane tax on imported cars?...

    i could move but it still is the best place to live socially....

    as for the taxes...you betcha....they slap a massive tax on imported vehicles, then a luxury tax, and you are then smacked when it comes to register as it is an import, sports, and luxury..hahha

    oh and to make matters worse, the 43% income tax we pay doesnt help either...

    i have done the UK...lived there for 9 years...
    still though, other than New Zealand i wouldnt live anywhere else than here regardless of how much the government shafts us !
     
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  17. I don't know, its starting to grow on me. In a market full of clones, it seems pretty original. Watch it sell like crazy by Porsche standards, better then the Cayenne. The new soccer mom imagemobile.
     
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