Three Panameras spoted
The readers of the Wheels24 snapped the new four-door coupe from Porsche.
As you can observe from these pictures there were more than just a Panamera for testing spoted. Three Panameras were there to take a rest at the wayside. Porsche has strange ways to make itself unobserved. The Germans know better what they are doing.
But is at least funny the way they do this. The test-drivers look like a mob of aliens hidden under human identity, whit those black sun-glasses .The size of the car and the color may confuse some grannies, so they will swear the Panzers are back!Or at least a huge frog. Be calm grandma! There’s just the Germans testing a new luxury car.
The tank..the Panamera will be officialy presented at 2009 Geneva Motor Show.
To new model, currently under development, will use a front mounted engine and rear or all wheel drive.
Parts will be shared with the equally front engined Cayenne range. Therefore, Panamera is expected to be offered with a range of normally aspirated and turbocharged V8 (already in use on the Cayenne) and V10 engines (derived from the extreme Carrera GT) ranging between 4 and 6 liters of displacement and producing power values amid 300 and 650 bhp. A traditional rear-wheel drive with optimized weight distribution due to transaxle-setup of the gearboxes is expected to provide the desired level of performance and handling.
The new four-door coupe will feature a tall roof for easy entry and exit, and enough luggage room in the rear for a vacation. The Panamera is anticipated to carry a price tag ranging between $125,000 and $175,000
The Panamera will be instantly recognizable as a Porsche, despite the practical proportions and oversized dimensions. Porsche trademark styling elements will include the round headlamps, large front air intakes resembling those from the 911 Turbo, a wide and sporty tailgate, and a four-light boomerang greenhouse to avoid that slouchy fastback look.
It is a sure thing that, Porsche is watching Mercedes-Benz’s CLS sales carefully, as that is the car the new Panamera will be coming after. Although, Porsche’s sales target figures are set for a more modest 20,000 vehicles a year.
It will be marketed as a straight challenger to vehicles such as the Mercedes-Benz CLS Class and Maserati Quattroporte.In order to sustain the production of the new Panamera model line, Porsche will be significantly expanding their Leipzig Plant.