2009 Shanghai: 2010 Porsche Panamera makes world debut in China

While we spend most of our time with our families on Sunday, we had to take a break for the 2009 Auto Shanghai Show where Porsche has officially unveiled the 2010 Porsche Panamera for the first time at an auto show.

If you’ve been following the Panamera for a while, then you already that the fourth-model in Porsche’s lineup will come to the U.S. in three different versions. The base model, the $89,8000 Panamera S, will be available with 400-hp and rear-wheel-drive. Those who need all-wheel-drive can move up a level with the $93,800 Panamera 4S. Of course, for those of you who need more power can go for the $132,600 Panamera Turbo which will feature a twin-turbocharged 500-hp engine mated to an all-wheel-drive system. All 2010 Porsche Panamera models features Porsche’s auto engine start/stop technology and a 7-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) double-clutch gearbox.

Sales will begin on Oct. 17, 2009.

Click through for the videos, high-res image gallery and the press release.

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Shanghai gets ready for Porsche’s first built-from-the-ground-up sports car for four

ATLANTA – April 8, 2009 —- The anticipation continues to mount as Porsche fast forwards to the future and reveals its 2010 Panamera Gran Turismo to the public at the official world debut in Shanghai less than two weeks from today. The next chapter of the Porsche story will be written at 11:30 am on April 20, 2009 at Porsche’s Auto Shanghai exhibit in China, an important emerging market for the company.

“The Panamera will thrill aficionados of exclusive, sporting cars the world over,” said Dr. Wendelin Wiedeking, Porsche’s president and chief executive officer, adding that through this presentation in Shanghai Porsche is sending a powerful message to the whole world. At the same time, it is demonstrating its strong commitment to and belief in the up-and-coming Asian markets. “This is a clear signal that we count on these markets and have full confidence in their future economic potential,” Wiedeking said.

The Panamera will be Porsche’s fourth model line, joining the 911, Boxster/Cayman and Cayenne model series. It is an all-new front-engine performance car offering both dynamic driving abilities and a very high level of comfort for four. Initially offered in three versions – the 400-horsepower two-wheel drive Panamera S and all-wheel drive Panamera 4S, and the 500-horsepower, twin-turbocharged all-wheel drive Panamera Turbo – the new Panamera will provide Porsche performance and quality, and adding a level of comfort that has been absent among high-performance cars until now. Equally important, fuel efficiency is not sacrificed thanks to innovative technologies like direct fuel injection (DFI), an auto engine start/stop system, and a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) double-clutch gearbox.

The Panamera goes on sale at authorized U.S. Porsche dealers on Oct. 17, 2009. The manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) for the Panamera S is $89,800, while the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo retails for $93,800 and $132,600, respectively.

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga., is the exclusive importer of Porsche sports cars and sport utility vehicles for the United States. It is a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG. PCNA employs approximately 180 people who provide Porsche vehicles, parts, service, marketing and training for its 202 dealers. The dealers, in turn, provide Porsche owners with best-in-class service. Throughout its 60-year history, Porsche has developed numerous technologies that have advanced vehicle performance, improved safety and spurred environmental innovations within the automotive industry. The company continues to celebrate its heritage by adding to its long list of motorsports victories dating back to its first 24 Hours of Le Mans class win in 1951. Today, with more than 28,000 victories, Porsche is recognized as the world’s most successful marque in sports car racing. PCNA, which imports the iconic 911 series, the Boxster and Cayman sports cars and Cayenne sport utility vehicles and soon the Panamera gran turismo for the United States, strives to maintain a standard of excellence, commitment and distinction synonymous with its brand.

– By: Omar Rana