The cars were airlifted directly from Leipzig, Germany where Porsche's production facilities are located. The four-door Panamera is produced alongside another four-door Porsche, the Cayenne SUV. Sales for the Panamera will begin in the U.S. on October 17, but prior to this the cars will be making appearances at a number of events during the Monterey Auto Week, including at the historic automobile races held on the Laguna Seca Raceway.
While the models arriving in the U.S. will be V8-powered gasoline variants, Porsche is already hard at work on a V6 model as well as a hybrid variant. Porsche is reportedly unable to use its famous flat-six engine in the Panamera due to space constraints, and thus a more conventional V6 engine is set to arrive in the future.
For the V8-powered Panamera 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. Pricing for the hybrid and V6 variants is uncertain, but details should be forthcoming from Porsche as the debut of both variants approaches in the next year or two.