Stuttgart/Peking. Celebrating the World Premiere of the new Panamera and Panamera 4 at Auto China 2010 in Beijing, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is rapidly enlarging the Panamera model range. Following the successful start into the market of Porsche's fourth model series last year, the new entry-level versions of this outstanding Gran Turismo will be available from May 2010.
Like the proven V8 models already bringing home more than 50 awards worldwide, both the Panamera and the Panamera 4 are unique Gran Turismo combining sporting character with superior comfort and practical, everyday driving qualities. Both models are powered by a newly developed 3.6-litre V6 featuring Direct Fuel Injection and delivering maximum output of 300 hp (220 kW) plus peak torque of 400 Nm/295 lb-ft. In line with Porsche's usual model designations the Panamera conveys its power to the road via its rear wheels, while the Panamera 4 comes as standard with active all-wheel drive.
Porsche's new Gran Turismo models, just like the new Cayenne Hybrid S celebrating its Asian Debut at the Beijing Auto Show, offer the outstanding qualities of the consistent Porsche Intelligent Performance development strategy: Featuring new technologies such as the Auto Start-Stop function, all three models make do with well under ten litres of fuel/100 km in the New European Driving Cycle.
In the words of Michael Macht, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche AG: "Both the new Cayenne and the Panamera help to make China Porsche's most significant growth market with the largest potential also in future. In the 2010 calendar year we expect sales in China of well over 10,000 units. Porsche is also confident that sales will continue to grow by a double-digit percentage also in the years to come, with the number of dealerships increasing from currently 27 to 35 in the course of this year alone."
Presenting the concept study of a high-performance mid-engined sports car with highly efficient, low-emission drivetrain technology in Beijing, Porsche is once again proving the company's competence in hybrid power at Auto China 2010. The 918 Spyder prototype combines high-tech racing technology with electric mobility to provide a truly fascinating range of qualities: On the one hand the emissions of a small compact car of just 70 grams of CO2 per kilometre on three litres of fuel per 100 kilometres, on the other hand the performance of a super sports car accelerating from a standstill to 100 km/h in just under 3.2 seconds, reaching a top speed of more than 320 km/h, and lapping the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in less than 7:30 minutes, faster even than the Porsche Carrera GT.