2010 Porsche Panamera Gran Turismo

Panamera front

You know what I really want?  I want a sports car that I can put the whole family in.   A car that doesn’t compromise on luggage space, that has comfort enough for four adults, pulls a lateral G around the skid pad with out a tether, stops an inch short of a foot, and still has a zero to 60 mph time under the 5 second mark.  Impossible! Maybe, for this decade anyways.  Well luckily this decade is almost over.

In 2010, Porsche is going to be releasing a new model named the Panamera with the aim of speed, luxury, agility, and even fuel economy.  The four door sports sedan is going to be placing Porsche into a  market where it has never been;  A market where BMW, Mercedes, and Audi have dominated.   But Porsche intends on waging war in that market by obliterating the idea that performance sedans like the BMW M5,  Mercedes S65 AMG or Audi S8 have to be generic looking.  Porsche is attacking those cars visually by supplying the world a vehicle that looks as vicious as its own 911.

To start the next decade, the Panamera will be available in only two options for the U.S. market.  A naturally aspirated V-8 that runs through Porsche’s PDK, which is really short for Doppelkupplungsgetriebe transmission (I don’t know how a person is suppose to say this and I don’t think Porsche does either as they use the abbreviation PDK.  In other words, it is a fancy German term for a double clutch gear box.).  While the naturally aspirated Panamera will send power only the rear wheels, the other and more exciting version, known as the 4S, will be powered by a twin turbo v-8 that will have all wheel drive.   But Porsche has plans for other option of the car including a V-6 model and even a hybrid version for those people who want to drive a sports sedan and save the planet.

No official horsepower numbers have been release for the any of the variants of the Panamera but Porsche gave a vague idea between 300 and 500.  But if I had to guess they are going to use the same or similar engines from the glorious Cayenne.  So to get your hopes up here are the horsepower numbers for Cayenne based on engine size below.  Do I want a Panamera Gran Turismo?  Hell yes!  Just take a look at the pictures, everyone gets racing buckets.

V-6:   290 hp @ 6200 rpm and 273 ft-lbs of toque @ 3000 rpm.

V-8:  385 hp @ 6200 rpm and 369 ft-lbs of torque @ 3500 rpm.

Twin Turbo V-8: 500 hp @ 6000 rpm and 516 ft-lbs of torque between 2250-4500 rpm

Panamera buckets

All Pictures are © 2009 Porsche Cars North America

panamera 4s front

panamera rear

panamera turbo profile

2 comments ↓

#1 Michael Barber on 01.09.09 at 1:05 pm

Don’t get me wrong I am Porsche lover and can’t wait to buy my own, but I have to say I think this car misses the mark. What the hell was Porsche thinking with the backend design of the car? It looks like they just stuffed a 911 or Cayman onto the backend and said…okay we’re done.

#2 Austin on 01.09.09 at 2:02 pm

Michael, That is the exact thing I said when I saw the car. It is definitely no Quadraporte which I can deal with. But this whole 4 door sports car thing needs to end. Maserati, Porsche, now Lamborghini is jumping on the wagon as well. (in the case of the Panamera it is quite literally the wagon)

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