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Panamera snapped in Jozi

2007-08-03 08:21
Eagle-eyed Wheels24 reader Terence Bedser recently caught images of disguised Porsche Panameras at Johannesburg's Gillooly's Interchange.

These images show that the four-door sportscar's styling is greatly influenced by its 911-sibling.

While Panamera is only expected to make its debut at the 2009 Geneva Show, indications are that this Porsche will be a family sportscar with ample space for four adults and useable luggage space.

Zuffenhausen abandons its traditional rear-mounted engine layout in favour of front-mounted engines, and the range is said to include a Volkswagen-sourced 221-kW 3.5 V6 and naturally aspirated and turbocharged versions of its own V8 powerplant.

The manufacturer also recently confirmed that a hybrid model is planned for the four-door coupe.

Developed along with Volkswagen and Audi, it is rumoured that this powertrain, called a full-parallel hybrid, will allow the vehicle to drive on electric power alone at speeds up to 120 km/h. The combustion engine will then take over at higher speeds.

Production Panameras will be assembled in Leipzig, Germany with the body being sourced from Volkswagen's Hanover plant. Porsche plans to produce 20 000 units a year from 2009.

Porsche SA has confirmed that its four-door sportscar will be available in South Africa from 2010.

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