A coupe version of the Porsche Panamera is not something new as previous reports said that the German carmaker is planning both coupe and cabriolet versions. Still, we didn’t like the idea because we were in love with the 911. Today everything changed as we saw the perfect rendering of a possible Porsche Panamera Coupe.
The result is absolutely impressive and we can see it as a perfect rival for the latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.
If built, the Porsche Panamera Coupe will probably be offered with the same engines as the four-door version, which means a 3.6-liter V6 for the Panamera and Panamera 4, a 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine for the Panamera S and Panamera 4S and a 4.8-liter V8 engine for the Panamera Turbo and Turbo S versions.
The 3.0-liter V6 engine delivers 430 hp and 520 Nm of torque, while the bigger 3.6-liter V6 comes with 310 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The 4.8-liter V8 engine generates 520 hp and 700 Nm of torque on the Panamera Turbo and 550 hp on the Panamera Turbo S.
Panamera is also available with a 3.0-liter diesel engine that develops 250 hp and 550 Nm of torque.
Porsche revealed the new Porsche Panamera to the global public at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show. Taking the center of the stage is the new Panamera S E-Hybrid, which is considered the first plug-in hybrid in its class. This new addition means that the Porsche Panamera range now has ten models. Two new Executive versions with an extended wheelbase are also part of this range.
The German sports car maker also unveiled its new three-liter V6 engine -- with bi-turbo charging -- for the Panamera S and Panamera 4S. This practically extends Porsche’s Gran Turismo model series, which now offers greater levels of performance and efficiency, as well as convenience and comfort. The new Panamera essentially adopts the design language of Porsche sports cars that is defined by highly precise lines as well as newly shaped body elements.
Porsche considers China as its second largest single market after the United States. It even considers the Asian country as a larger market than its home base, Germany. This is evident on the fact that customers in China accounted for 31,205 deliveries in 2012, representing a year-on-year growth of 28.2 percent. In addition, Porsche considers China as its largest global market for its Cayenne SUV and its Panamera sport sedan.
To further cater to the growing demand for its vehicles in China, Porsche is expanding its dealer network in the country with a new Porsche Centre opened almost every month. According to plans, Porsche will expand its dealer network from the current 50 Porsche Centres to around 100 in the near future.