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Porsche Panamera cockpit exposed prior to auto show debut

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0800

Porsche continued its slow striptease reveal of the Panamera sedan on Thursday with the release of photos of the interior.

The Panamera goes on sale in the United States on Oct. 17, Porsche said. The car will get an auto-show debut in Shanghai late April.

The Panamera seats four, and each passenger gets a bucket-style seat. The front occupants get power-adjustable seats. Power adjustment for the rear seats is an option, as are 18-way adaptive sport seats.

For audiophiles, the Panamera will offer a sound system from Bermester that pumps out 1,000 watts through 16 speakers in the car. The Panamera also will be equipped with Bluetooth wireless connectivity, satellite radio and connections for digital music players.

Behind the rear seats is 15.7 cubic feet of space for luggage, Porsche says. The rear seats also fold down to increase cargo space to 44.6 cubic feet.

The Panamera will launch with a 4.8-liter V8 engine. The naturally aspirated version, rated at 400 hp, will be in the rear-drive Panamera S and the all-wheel-drive Panamera 4S. The Panamera Turbo get the 4.8-liter engine with twin turbos, which pushes output to 500 hp. All Panameras are equipped with a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Porsche says the Panamera will carry a sticker price of $89,800, the Panamera 4S will sticker at $93,800 and the Panamera Turbo will sticker at $132,600.

By Dale Jewett