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On Oct. 17, 2009, authorized U.S. Porsche dealers began selling the 2010 Porsche Panamera, giving performance sedan customers a chance to sample Porsche’s driving DNA in an all-new package – the company’s first four-door car.

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Over the course of the past 60 years, what has set Porsche apart from all other car companies has been its passionate, engineering-focused way of creating world-class vehicles and innovations, both on the road and racetrack.

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When Porsche introduced the Panamera – the first all-new Porsche in seven years – to the public in April 2009 at Auto Shanghai, it marked the official birth date of the fourth model in the Porsche family, joining the iconic Porsche 911 Carrera, the Boxster and Cayman, and the Cayenne. The Chinese launch also marked the culmination of five years of work on the part of Porsche engineers, designers and stylists.

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“The crucial task for our engineers was to combine Porsche’s sporting DNA with all the spaciousness and driving comfort of a luxurious sedan,” said Wolfgang Dürheimer, Porsche’s executive vice president of research and development. “The Panamera is an alternative car concept for the premium customer, and while competing with established vehicles in the class, it will be a clear segment leader in terms of performance, driving dynamics and efficiency.”

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All Three Panamera Models Deliver High Performance and Low Fuel Consumption

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, as well as a level of comfort absent among true high-performance cars. All U.S. Panamera models feature a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) double-clutch gearbox delivering a dynamic driving experience, ultrafast gearshifts without the slightest interruption of engine power, a very high level of comfort for four, and outstanding fuel efficiency when compared to a conventional automatic transmission.

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The Panamera is the first premium car with an automatically shifting double-clutch transmission to feature an engine start/stop system. It saves fuel and reduces emissions by turning the engine off when it is not needed, such as sitting at a stop light. All engines have advanced and fuel-efficient Direct Fuel Injection (DFI), as well.

The Panamera S and Panamera 4S EPA fuel economy figures are 16 city/24 highway/19 combined. The Panamera Turbo figures are 15 city/23 highway/18 combined. All Panamera models are not subject to the gas guzzler tax and provide the best fuel economy in their competitive set.

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“I always believed Porsche would build a car like the Panamera – a car where the Porsche experience could be shared with more than just the co-pilot,” said Detlev von Platen, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America. “Just like with the Cayenne, we found another chance to forge a new path and create a car that did not exist: a sports car truly for four. Our dealers are excited because this will bring new customers, and the list of hand raisers is growing every day. Despite the tough economy, I am confident the Panamera will be a success.” To date, Porsche has received nearly 5,000 Panamera orders worldwide.

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Porsche Engineers Resolved Conflicting Design Priorities

From the beginning, the Panamera project raised significant technical challenges for Porsche as it presented several engineering conflicts of interest: it had to have the silhouette of a coupe, yet offer four full-size seats with generous interior space and luggage room; it must set the performance standard in its class, yet offer best-in-class fuel efficiency; it should provide Porsche driving dynamics and performance and the comfort of a luxury sedan; and it had to have a driver’s cockpit typical of a sports car and a top-quality and luxurious interior with the equipment expected in the premium sedan segment. In essence, first and foremost, it had to be a Porsche.

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The Panamera body is the synthesis of lightweight technology typical of a sports car helping to provide generous spaciousness and efficient aerodynamics. To create its lightweight structure, Porsche employs advanced production methods and several grades of steel, light alloys like aluminum and magnesium and plastics. In the case of the Panamera S, the result is a car weighing 1,800 kg, or 3,968 lbs. This structure allows for two full-size, contoured rear seats that set standards in the luxury-performance class in terms of both comfort and adjustability. The Panamera also comes with a highly functional, variable luggage compartment. The rear seat backrests tilt forward individually, providing up to 44.6 cubic feet or 1,263 liters of luggage space.

One visible and innovative highlight of the aerodynamic package is the active four-way rear spoiler on the Panamera Turbo. Through its management of control angles and surface geometry geared to driving conditions, the rear spoiler optimizes both the car’s aerodynamics and performance.

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Suspension Technologies Deliver On-Demand Sports Car Performance and Premium Sedan Comfort

The Panamera chassis and suspension is not a compromise between sporting performance and superior comfort, but rather a combination of the two. In its basic setting it offers a high level of driving comfort, yet at a touch of the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) button, it turns into a thoroughbred sports suspension.

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Another highlight is the adaptive air suspension that can provide extra air volume on demand. An innovation in automotive technology, it offers an even greater variation of sporting and comfort features and is standard on the Panamera Turbo and optional on the other models. The optional Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) system with its two active anti-roll bars can further enhance driving dynamics and comfort.

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Through the Sport Plus button, the optional Sports Chrono Packages enable the driver to choose at the touch of a button the high-performance configurations for the engine, drivetrain and suspension systems, including Porsche Traction Management (PTM ) with its fully-controlled all-wheel drive. PTM is standard on both the Panamera 4S and the Panamera Turbo.

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.

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