The 2011 Qatar Auto Show was filled to the brim with the biggest names in the auto industry and the rich people that are expected to buy these expensive vehicles. It’s no wonder since offering special and limited versions of their models in the Middle East is quite profitable as there are many buyers in these regions that could afford to spend a fortune on exclusive vehicles.
Porsche displayed the so-called Panamera 4S Exclusive Middle East Edition. The new Panamera features the same 4.8-liter V8 engine mated to a PDK dual-clutch transmission that powers the 4S.
It also comes with the Sport Chrono Plus package. The special features include black alloy wheels, the Carrera White exterior finish and the red leather interior. Only 66 examples of this model will be produced. To prove the authenticity of the vehicle, each model will bear a unique plaque mounted on the door sill.
Deesch Papke, Managing Director of Porsche Middle East and Africa, said that this “very special model introduction” emphasizes the importance of the region. Throughout its history, Porsche has not built a vehicle previously that’s exclusive for the PME region to meet the unique demands of its customers.
The Porsche Panamera offers first-class comfort uniquely mixed with a sporting performance that is unlike any offered by other vehicles in its segment. While the Panamera will have the "regular" steel suspension, the brand will be offering as an option for the Panamera S and Panamera 4S its latest adaptive air suspension that delivers an extra volume of air on each of the springs.
This brand new suspension though will come as standard equipment on the Panamera Turbo. The advantage of having adaptive air suspension is that it offers a wide variety of suspension characteristics that improve sporting driving dynamics and driving comfort.
Still, regardless of what suspension system is chosen, both come with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) that helps with the variation of damper forces. The brand is also offering the Panamera to be fitted with the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) as an option.
What this system does is to compensate the body roll in bends while also improving the behaviour and smoothness especially when driving on a bumpy highway. With the PDCC, agility is ensured no matter what the speed is. It also provides a smooth balance when undergoing load change as well as optimizes the steering behaviour.
Working together with the rear axle differential that is controlled electronically allows for even enhanced agility and greater traction. The PDCC therefore manages to set new and higher standards when it comes to motoring comfort and driving dynamics.
The Gran Turismo from Porsche was made to be an authentic four-seater and provides the driver and passengers with new advantages and amenities from how the interior was designed. Its level of comfort has also been customized for the occupants.
Dimension-wise, the Panamera is 4.97 metres (195.7 inches) long and 1.42 metres (55.9 inches) high. While this gives it a smooth, stretched, and low profile, there is still a generous amount of space on all of its four seats.
On the interior, the center console starts from the front and goes all through the rear and goes up to the instrument panel. This helps the driver get optimum ergonomics and this even highlights the personal bubble that each passenger can enjoy.
Passengers seated at the back also get clear and free visibility to its front. The interior has that feeling of transparency and as such, gives the passengers in the rear the feeling of being part of the driving experience. The Panamera therefore can feel like a cockpit for four people.