Porsche Panamera - more info and picsThe 4th model Porsche, the Porsche Panamera, is essentially a successor to the classic Porsche 928. It's a front engine with rear-wheel drive layout. It's also a 4 passenger car, unlike most other Porsches, excluding the non-sporty Cayenne.
Rumor has it that VW is looking to add a new rear-wheel drive model to its line-up, to fit it between the Passat and the Phaeton, and they may be in collaboration with Porsche on this project. Much like the Porsche Cayenne and the VW Touareg which share the same platform.
The Porsche Panamera will use the same engines offered for the Porsche Cayenne, which includes a 4.5L V8 with and without a turbo, producing 450 hp and 340 hp, respectively. In addition, there may be a 500+ hp model in the works.
The Panamera will be competing against other monster GT cruisers like the Mercedes CLS, BMW M5, Maserati Quattroporte, etc. Interestingly enough, the concept picture shows the Panamera with suicide doors, like on the Mazda RX8. But it's still early, as the concept isn't even due until this fall. And the release date isn't until 2008.
For more information refer to AutoWeek's article.
Photo courtesy of Autocar
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