We've told you about it oodles of times before--let us count the ways--but now, the 2010 Porsche Panamera has been revealed in more locally colorful photos prior to its real-life showing at this week's Shanghai auto show.
The press conference is set for 11:30 a.m., Shanghai time, but Porsche's leaked out the details to emerge later tonight. Namely, that the Panamera will offer a rear-drive, 400-horsepower Panamera S and an all-wheel-drive Panamera S. The Panamera Turbo sports a twin-turbo V-8 and all-wheel drive. Direct injection, stop-start technology and a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox are other highlights of the drivetrain.
The lineup, Porsche promises, will deliver "comfort that has been absent among high-performance cars until now." We're sure the Bentley crew will have a retort or two--and maybe the Aston Martin Rapide will have a say, once it stops subscribing to our Twitter feed twice a day.
So, Shanghai. It's becoming a bigger international show for sure--but is Porsche trying to evade too many questions about the Panamera's unusual styling or is it just trying to appeal to the car buyers who can actually line up financing these days? We'll answer that later this week as we report from Shanghai and drive the Panamera later this year before it goes on sale in the fall.
The official press release follows here--you can also get all we've collected on it over at the official 2010 Porsche Panamera page, including photos, blog posts, comments and opinions from around the Web.
2010 Porsche Panamera
ATLANTA – April 8, 2009 ---- The anticipation continues to mount as Porsche fast forwards to the future and reveals its 2010 Panamera Gran Turismo to the public at the official world debut in Shanghai less than two weeks from today. The next chapter of the Porsche story will be written at 11:30 am on April 20, 2009 at Porsche’s Auto Shanghai exhibit in China, an important emerging market for the company.
“The Panamera will thrill aficionados of exclusive, sporting cars the world over,” said Dr. Wendelin Wiedeking, Porsche’s president and chief executive officer, adding that through this presentation in Shanghai Porsche is sending a powerful message to the whole world. At the same time, it is demonstrating its strong commitment to and belief in the up-and-coming Asian markets. “This is a clear signal that we count on these markets and have full confidence in their future economic potential,” Wiedeking said.
The Panamera will be Porsche’s fourth model line, joining the 911, Boxster/Cayman and Cayenne model series. It is an all-new front-engine performance car offering both dynamic driving abilities and a very high level of comfort for four. Initially offered in three versions – the 400-horsepower two-wheel drive Panamera S and all-wheel drive Panamera 4S, and the 500-horsepower, twin-turbocharged all-wheel drive Panamera Turbo – the new Panamera will provide Porsche performance and quality, and adding a level of comfort that has been absent among high-performance cars until now. Equally important, fuel efficiency is not sacrificed thanks to innovative technologies like direct fuel injection (DFI), an auto engine start/stop system, and a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) double-clutch gearbox.
The Panamera goes on sale at authorized U.S. Porsche dealers on Oct. 17, 2009. The manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Panamera S is $89,800, while the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo retails for $93,800 and $132,600, respectively.