Porsche Panamera is the latest model coming from Porsche. But although it will debut in 2009, its history does not start in here. Porsche started the project 16 years ago, but because of financial problems they needed to abandon it. When Wendelin Wiedeking came in charge, he came with new ideas that not only saved Porsche but also made possible the launch of new models.

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And now, after the company is a real success, Panamera is back on development, and Porsche really hopes that it will be one of the best sold Porsche ever. Many may say that the new Panamera is the fifth model from Porsche, but considering that Cayman is just a version of the Boxster, the Panamera become the fourth brand new model.

If for the development of the Cayenne, Porsche used Volkswagen – and they will also for the next generation coming in 2010 - Panamera will be done “in house”. It will borrow the automatically changing damper settings called Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) from the 911 and Boxster. In fact, Panamera will share some of the components with 911 even if the architecture is totally different: the front engine is moved towards the front deck behind the front wheels and not rear engine moved to center like in the 911 models.

The base engine will be a 3.5 liter V6 with an output of 300 hp. Panamera will also come with more powerful choices: a V8 engine equipped with Direct Fuel Injection (DFI) which is supposed to lower the fuel consumption. The V8 engine will deliver 385 hp in the normal aspirated version and 500 hp for the twin-turbo version. The top of the line will come with the same V10 engine found on the Carrera GT that will deliver 600 hp.

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But the Panamera won’t be a unique car only because of its new architecture or the engines range. It will also come in a hybrid version where the V6 engine will be combined with an electrical engine with an output of 80 hp. Porsche will collaborate with Audi and Volkswagen in the development of a hybrid system and the first engine equipped with a hybrid engine will be the Cayenne and will debut at the end of 2008 or the beginning of 2009.

The Panamera will be produced in a number of 20.000 units.

Source: Quattroruote Magazine

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