Porsche has presented the innovative interior concept of the Panamera four-door gran turismo. The much-anticipated addition to the Porsche range of will go on sale from September 2009, and will be available in its top versions with V8 power and an interior ambience distinguished by its luxurious and high technology features.
With a continuous center console that extends from the fascia to the rear seating area, the Panamera offers a new spatial concept for the driver and passengers featuring ergonomic seating with an individual cockpit-like environment for all four seats.
The Panamera will offer customers countless opportunities for individual interior personalization, with numerous options and possibilities to customize the car. Smooth, natural leathers are available in a total of 13 color and material combinations, including four two-tone options that can be combined wherever required with seven optional interior trim finishes including carbon fiber and Natural Olive wood.
The Panamera offers comprehensive levels of safety with driver and front passenger airbags, curtain airbags as well as - on the front seats - side and knee airbags, all ensuring maximum protection in the event of an accident. Side airbags are available for the rear seats as an optional feature.
The comfort seats featured in the Panamera S and 4S are of a sporting style, and can be adjusted electrically in eight different directions for optimum comfort. In the rear, two individual seats - with a folding center armrest - provide generous leg- and headroom, particularly for tall passengers.
The Panamera Turbo combines electric seat adjustment with a Comfort Memory Package not only for the seat functions but also the electrically adjustable steering column. Further alternatives such as adaptive sports seats or rear comfort seats with powered adjustment to a wide range of different positions are available as options. Four-zone automatic air conditioning is available as a further option, providing individual adjustment of temperature, blower intensity and air distribution for each seat.
The new Panamera is the first Porsche to offer supreme in-car audio quality, with the option of a High-End Surround Sound System from Burmester, the renowned Berlin audio specialist. Never before has such a large, acoustic experience been included in a new vehicle from the start, and subsequently implemented in the production vehicle. The Burmester audio features more than 2400cm2 of "sound membranes" to deliver an audio experience similar to a live concert. A total of 16 loudspeakers masterminded by 16 amplifier channels with an overall output of more than 1000 watts provide a unique sound, complemented by an active subwoofer together with a 300W Class D amplifier.
The practical qualities of the Panamera are borne out by the luggage compartment. After opening the rear lid, the passengers are able to stow four suitcases behind the rear seats - the convenient loading height means they can be placed in an upright position for easy access. The luggage compartment capacity in the Panamera S and 4S is 15.6 cu/ft, maximum stowage in the Panamera Turbo is 15.1 cu/ft - and with the rear seat backs folded, capacity increases to 43.8 cu/ft.
Initially, the Panamera is entering the market with V8 power units only, featuring either rear or all-wheel drive. The Panamera S is powered by a 4.8 liter developing 400hp. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels by a six speed manual transmission as standard, or the optional seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) double-clutch transmission.
The Panamera features Direct Fuel Injection engine technology, low-friction drive systems and lightweight bodyshells for optimum efficiency. Furthermore, offered in combination with the PDK transmission is the new Porsche Auto Start Stop function. This automatically switches off and restarts the engine when stationary to further reduce fuel consumption and emissions - for example, at traffic lights or in congestion.
The Panamera S, when fitted with the PDK option, can accelerate to 62mph in 5.4sec and on to a top speed of 176mph. The Panamera 4S features the same V8, and with engine power conveyed to all four wheels via the seven-speed PDK, it can cceleration to 62mph in 5.0sec. Top speed is 175mph.
At the head of the Panamera line-up is the Panamera Turbo, offering a twin-turbo 4.8 liter V8 developing 500hp, with power transmitted again by the PDK. With all-wheel drive as standard, the Panamera Turbo accelerates to 62mph in 4.2sec and reaches a top speed of 188mph.