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Porsche Panamera (2009) caught in leafy suburbia
Georg Kacher/Tim Pollard
14 July 2007 07:50
So what will the Panamera be like to drive?
The Panamera will be launched as a rear-drive model with two V8 engines; both direct-injection versions of Porsche's 4.8, they will come in naturally aspirated 400bhp and turbocharged 500bhp forms. At around 1800kg, this is no lightweight car but it's only 200kg heavier than a 911 Turbo, and muscular engines will ensure electrifying performance. The blown Panamera is claimed to be capable of 190mph and 0-62mph in 4.2sec. Cheaper versions in late 2010 will stretch Panamera prices down to around £50,000, with a 300bhp 3.6-litre V6 sourced from VW, while the range-topping hybrid version comes in 2011. It'll blast to 175mph and be as quick as a 911 Carrera with the fuel economy of the cheapest Boxster. Other technical highlights include four-wheel drive versions (coming in 2010), seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions supplied by ZF, composite brakes (PCCB) and active dampers (PASM). What about a V10, you ask? Too expensive, and strategically too precious to be wasted on a high-volume Porsche. What about a diesel? Out of sync with the emphatically sporty brand image, and deemed unnecessary now that the hybrid approach has been given the nod.