Sales of the Porsche Panamera will commence on September 12, 2009. This confirmation coincides with the showcasing of these demonstration cars at dealerships across the German market beginning today.
Initially, three different versions of the Porsche Panamera will be available. There is the Porsche Panamera S, which comes with an 4.8-liter eight-cylinder (V8) engine that produces 400 PS (294 kW or 395 hp) of max output and 500 Nm (369 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. This engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard, although Porsche's PDK dual-clutch transmission with seven gears is available as an option. The Panamera S has a top speed of 285 km/h (177 mph).
Porsche will also be launching the Porsche Panamera 4S, which is powered by a 4.8 liter V8 engine that delivers up to 400 PS (294 kW or 395 hp) of output and up to 500 Nm (369 lb.-ft.) of torque. This version of the Panamera features the PTM all-wheel drive system.
Lastly, Porsche will be offering the new Panamera Turbo, which core is served by a 4.8-liter V8 twin turbo engine that delivers 500 PS (368 kW or 493 hp) of max output and 700 Nm (516 lb.-ft.) of peak torque. The Panamera Turbo comes standard with PDK and PTM all-wheel drive.
Their pricing is as follows. The Porsche Panamera S comes with a price tag of EUR94,575 including VAT. On the other hand, the Porsche Panamera 4S sells for EUR102,251. Lastly, the Porsche Panamera Turbo is available for EUR135,154. An entry level model will with a V6 engine will be made available in the next few months.
Although a specific launch date is unknown, it has been confirmed that a hybrid version will be released as well. Germany will be the first market to get the Panamera, but the rest of Europe, South America and some Asian countries will receive the new model sometime in September. North America and Australia will launch the Panamera a month later, while China will begin sales of the car in early 2010.
The Porsche Panamera is an executive sedan built Porsche as part of its strategy to expand its market. The front-engine and rear-wheel drive Panamera gets its name from the Carrera Panamericana race. Porsche unveiled the production version of the Porsche Panamera at the 13th Auto Shanghai International Automobile Show in Shanghai, China, on April 2009.
The Panamera is considered as the long-awaited successor of the Porsche 989 concept car unveiled in the late 1980s. The Porsche 989 was a 4-door performance-oriented touring sedan that was developed by Porsche between 1988 and 1991. Its development was stopped in late 1991, the 989 was ultimately cancelled in January 1992.