When Porsche introduced the Cayenne SUV in 2002, many skeptics felt that the sports car manufacturer would fail at the segment – but the company proved them wrong. When the German automaker brought a sedan, the Panamera, to the market last year, skeptics were once again whispering of failure and said that Porsche should stick to building sports cars.
Well, since the Panamera’s market launch a year ago, Porsche has sold 22,518 units worldwide, making it Porsche’s sales leader. Most buyers flocked to the Panamera 4S, which accounted for 9,394 units worldwide. The Panamera Turbo accounted for 6,171 units and the Panamera S and Panamera V6 accounted for 4,563 and 2,390 respectively.
“The six-cylinder-model Panamera introduced only a few weeks ago has already been delivered to 2,390 customers,” Porsche said.
Total global sales of the Porsche Panamera came in at 22,518. Starting next year, Porsche will also offer the Panamera S Hybrid.
Refresher: The $89,800 Porsche Panamera S is powered by a 400-hp V8 allowing for a 0-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 175 mph. The $93,800 Panamera 4S is powered by the same 400-hp V8. The $132,600 Porsche Panamera Turbo is powered by a turbocharged V8 making 500-hp allowing for a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds with a top speed of 188 mph. The Porsche Panamera V6 and Porsche Panamera 4 are powered by a 3.6L V6 engine making 300-hp and a peak torque of 295 lb-ft. Prices start at $74,400 for the base V6 Panamera and $78,900 for the V6 Panamera 4.
2011 Porsche Panamera:
– By: Omar Rana