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Porsche has released the first officialphotos of the Panamera in its final look, a full six months before the officiallaunch. In its design, profile and silhouette, Porsche?s four-seater is clearlya member of the Porsche family.

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Conceived and designed as a four-door grandtouring sports car, the Panamera combines typical Porsche elements: drivingdynamics, a spacious interior, and excitement inherent in all Porsches. Joiningthe 911, Boxster and Cayman sports cars, as well as the Cayenne SUV, thePanamera is Porsche?s fourth model.
The Panamera comes with strongly contoured air intakes instead of aconventional radiator grille. Striking wheel arches and the long and sleek hoodcreate that typical 911 look at the front of the car which has been prevalentfor almost 45 years.

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Like all Porsche models, the Panamera isoriented in every respect to the needs and wishes of the driver. All fouroccupants enjoy perfect ergonomic comfort on both the front seats and the twofirmly contoured single seats at the rear. The luggage compartment easily takesa huge amount of luggage. The variable space concept with its folding rear seatbackrests enables the driver and passengers to adjust the luggage spaceindividually to their personal requirements.

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Porsche has developed high performance, modern power units for the Panamera,again reflecting all the qualities typical of Porsche. The V-configuration engineswithin the engine compartment come with six or eight cylinders and range inpower from 300 to 500 bhp. Some of the engines use turbocharger technology,direct fuel injection making them both fuel-efficient and powerful. The flow ofpower to the wheels goes either through a manual six-speed gearbox or the newseven-speed double-clutch gearbox, the so called Porsche-Doppelkupplung (PDK).

The PDK, or dual-clutch system, waspioneered and developed in Weissach by Porsche and offers significantadvantages, particularly in the area of smooth gear shifts, but it also offersbetter fuel economy. Porsche?s incredibly successful 956 and 962C Group C racecars benefited from the PDK transmission.

A dual-clutch transmission effectivelyoffers the function of two gearboxes in one.?Think how a conventional gear shift occurs: the driver reduces power,presses the clutch which disconnects the engine from the gearbox, then selectsa new gear before releasing the clutch pedal.?It is obvious therefore that a conventional transmission means thatthere is not a continuous flow of power from the engine, but torque is activatedin an interrupted sequence according to the gear shifts.

The dual-clutch transmission uses, bydefinition, two clutches but has no clutch pedal.? Sophisticated electronics and hydraulicscontrol the clutches, with one clutch controlling the odd-number hears ? first,third, fifth ? and the second the even-numbered ratios ? second, fourth andsixth.

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Using this unique system means gears can bechanged with no interruption on the power flow from the engine.
In addition to rear-wheel drive, the top version of the model, the Panamera 4S,comes with even more sophisticated all-wheel drive, which is also available forthe other versions as an option. The Porsche Panamera will be built atPorsche?s Leipzig Plant, where a production hall measuring some 22,000 squaremeters and a logistics centre are currently under construction. While theengines featured in the Panamera are built at Porsche?s main plant inZuffenhausen, the painted bodyshells will be supplied by the Volkswagen plantin Hanover. The Leipzig plant will then assemble the Panamera for finaldelivery, with an annual sales target of some 20,000 units. The Panamera will makeits world debut in spring 2009 and the first models will be at dealersworldwide in late summer of next year.

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