Images and certain technical details about the upcoming Porsche Panamera ? expected to be revealed officially on Monday ? have made their way onto the internet.
According to the information found, the Porsche Panamera Gran Turismo is 4.96 metres long, 1.92 metres wide, 1.42 metres tall and has a 2.92 metre wheelbase. Weight ? one of the more vital details ? has not been disclosed, but it?s expected to be around 1800 kilograms. (It?s no 911, that?s for sure.)
Depending on the model, the Panamera will be offered in a choice of either rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive layouts. Power will be delivered by a range of front-mounted engine options, starting with a 223kW 3.6-litre V6, through to the 298kW 4.8-litre V8 Panamera S and a twin-turbo 373kW version of the same V8 for the Panamera Turbo. This will reach the wheels courtesy of Porsche?s PDK dual-clutch gearbox.
Despite the news that the Cayenne will now be offered in diesel form, no such option is expected to be available for the Panamera. A 260kW V6 hybrid is apparently slated for a later date, however.
Other features disclosed include electronic air suspension, and, probably not surprisingly, a limited slip diff.
Visually, the Panamera will likely polarise hardcore Porsche enthusiasts and casual fans alike. The simple long curve of the roofline works comfortably with the overall lines, but the high and slighlty bulbous rear end might not work so well. The quad pipe exhausts add a welcome 'tough' edge to the styling, and the Corvette-like strakes coming away from the gills behind the front wheels signal the sporting intent of this revolutionary Porsche.
The front sees a 911-inspired front with aggressive, gaping intakes, while uniquely-shaped headlights sit alongside a strongly-defined bulge running up the centre of the bonnet.
Porsche expects to sell 20,000 units a year, with the range-topping Turbo model expected to make up 20% of that figure. This will be made easier by the S and Turbo being the only models available at launch, however the V6 will be available not long after. Porsche hopes the Panamera will take on a Cayenne-like appeal and see numbers increase to 50,000 units annually.
The Panamera is expected to be available in 2009.