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2011 Porsche Panamera 4S Middle East Exclusive Edition

I am certainly starting to like the Qatar Motor Show as many automakers from all over the world come here and present some interesting special editions of their most popular models. At the beginning of this week we’ve seen VW roll out two special editions of their Touareg model; Lamborghini launched the Gallardo LP 560-4 Bicolore while Bentley introduced the Arabia Continental Flying Spur.

Porsche decided to take their turn and launched the 2011 Panamera 4S Middle East Exclusive Edition. By “exclusive” it means that it will only be available in the Middle East and the German automaker will only roll out 66 units of this beauty. According to some sources, this won’t be one of those cars that you can simply purchase by going down to the dealership. With other words, most of these units will be sold to some wealthy and important people in the region.

2011 Porsche Panamera 4S Middle East Exclusive Edition

Regarding the exterior look of this limited series, nothing has really changed in comparison to the standard model, except for the commemorative plaque by the door. The front fascia remained the same, with its powerful contoured air intakes that replace the traditional radiator grille. The car’s wheel arches bring a slender shape that emphasizes the 911 “landscape” which can be found in a lot of the cars from Porsche made in the last 50 years.

In the back you will notice those muscular and imposing shoulders over the wheels with a swooping roofline, very Porsche-ish. For this special and limited edition, the guys over at Porsche decided to paint the car in a clean white pattern, dubbed Carrera White Metallic. Inside the cabin you will find the exquisite Carrera Red leather that complements the exterior look.

2011 Porsche Panamera 4S Middle East Exclusive Edition

The car will benefit from the same engine that can be found in the standard model. It means that it will be powered by a V8 4.8-liter that cranks up about 400 hp and is linked to the company’s PDK gearbox. For this limited series, the German engineers decided to install the Sport Chrono Plus Package as well as the PTM – Porsche Traction Management system with active 4WD. With these hardware specifications, the 2011 Porsche Panamera 4S Middle East Exclusive Edition is able to do the 0-62 mph sprint in 4.8 seconds, onto a top speed of 175 mph.

The company didn’t announced any pricing information about this special edition, but taking into consideration that the regular version has a base price of around $94,700, this Middle East Edition should be a little bit more expensive, probably well over $100,000.

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Porsche Panamera

Yesterday in Berlin, the supervisory board of Porsche Automobil Holding signed off on creating a smaller and more affordable sport utility vehicle which will most likely target young drivers that are not able to afford the more expensive Cayenne model, which is at the moment the best-selling car manufactured by Porsche, especially in China.

Bernhard Maier, the head of sales & marketing for Porsche, said at the beginning of this month that the options are to create the Cajun in-house, use a partner or share a platform with another VW Group brand. He did not mentioned if the new smaller SUV will begin production in 2013 nor that it will have the same platform and some components with the Audi Q5. He said that by developing this new car it will be a solid way for Porsche to increase annual revenues and “follow the growth plan of the company.”

The CEO of the VW Group, Martin Winterkom, hopes that the Porsche sales will double to about 150,000 units in the next three years and further increase the cooperation between Volkswagen and Porsche. He said on Monday that Porsche will start making future platforms for the VW Group luxury sedans and sports cars. Juergen Pieper, who is an analyst for Bankhaus Metzler stated that “Porsche has its ambitious agenda clearly cut out. Access to VW’s vast technology may help them pursue their growth goals.”

Last week, Porsche announced that it will be investing $197 million (150 million euros) in order to upgrade its research center located near Stuttgart so that the company will offer in the near future 38 models across four vehicle lines. Porsche sold last year 81,850 units, including the Panamera sedan (priced at 75,900 euros) and the Cayenne ($72,635), which is 8.8% more than 2008.

Porsche Panamera

On Monday, Porsche reported a net income of 155 million euros for the first-quarter, in comparison to the similar period of last year when they lost 431 million euros. Porsche is in the process of merging with Volkswagen, who is Europe’s largest automaker. VW acquired 49.9% of Porsche AG; after the sports car manufacturer failed in an attempt of a hostile overtake of VW.

Today, Porsche will inquire shareholders to accept a capital increase of approximately 5 billion euros in the first half of 2011, with the automaker’s controlling shareholders and the Porsche & Piech families, contributing about 2.5 billion euros.

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Caractere Exclusive Porsche Panamera

The Belgian tuner Caractere Exclusive joined forces with the performance house Dynatek for creating a tuning program for the Porsche Panamera. The power upgrade is offered by Dynatek that installed 200-cell catalytic converters (replacing the two original catalytic converters) plus an Akrapovic exhaust system. The standard Porsche Panamera Turbo power unit is capable of offering 493 hp (368 kW / 500 PS) and a maximum torque of 700 Nm. With this tuning program, the car is able to produce 596 hp (445 kW / 605 PS) and 840 Nm of torque.

As far as the exterior look is concerned, the Panamera has a new aerodynamic kit consisting of new set of side skirts, a redesigned front bumper that has integrated lights, a new rear spoiler and bumper. The car now rides on 22-inch rims in Silver or CW1 Graphite – 11 x 22 at the back and 9.5 x 22 in the front, covered by 295/25R22 and 265/30R22 (back/front) Yokohama tires. Inside the car, Caractere Exclusive offers a wide variety of carbon moldings with different finishes and colors.

Caractere Exclusive Porsche Panamera

In our opinion, it is without any doubt one of the best tuning programs launched for Porsche’s “family estate car”, the Panamera Turbo, a car with a very controversial design.

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While Audi kept us busy speculating on its new e-Tron electric concept, we almost forgot that it announced and dated the brand new 2010 Audi S5 Sportback for Europe. This potential rival to the Porsche Panamera will really give any performance sedan a run for its money, with its supercharged 3-liter V6 engine, capable of offering 245 kW (333 HP) with a torque of 440 Nm (324.5 lb-ft).

The FSI engine will be fitted to a seven-speed S-tronic gearbox, which will unleash the power through the quattro system and deliver it to all of the wheels, with a slight rear bias, and through an optional sport differential. All of this technical stuff will manifest in a 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) time of 5.4 seconds, and will keep the new S5 Sportback going until it reaches its electronically limited 250 km/h (155 mph) limit. Also, Audi claims that the fuel average is around 9.7 liters/100 km (24.25 US mpg), quite respectable for such a big car.

The 2010 S5 Sportback also flauts its sports-tuned chassis, which is more rigid and the wide array of wheels that can be fitted. Expect the Servotronic speed-sensitive steering to be a standard, with a dynamic one available as an option. In order to highlight the sporty nature though, you will be encountering plenty of S5 trinkets all around the car, from the front grill to the black brake calipers.

On the inside, more of the same, but the Silk Nappa leather, which cover the sport seats, will make you forget about the aggressive nature of the model and feel quite pampered. Quickly bringing you back though will be the sport steering wheel and aluminum-look shift paddles which are also filled with S5 badges.

Expect the new Audi S5 Sportback arriving in Germany in spring of 2010, for a estimated base price of €57,900.


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The Porsche Panamera sure is hot stuff these days. With only a few days until it’s official unveilling in Paris, the teaser shots from Porsche only put gas on the fire which is the excitement of the motoring press worldwide. The German manufacturer’s first attempt at a 4 door sedan is surely interesting. After the loads of spy shots captured of the car, the guys from 9FF, a Porsche specialized tuner, drew a sketch of the presumed super-sedan.

Although the base of the model was made up of the spy shots, the tuners took some liberties with the model and fitted it with special wheels and a rear diffuser. Guess there isn’t a better time to start a tuning program for a car than before it is even launched. All in all, it’s quite a beautiful sketch and let’s hope that Porsche’s actual car would look as great. With all the rumors that are flying around, we’re really anxious for the official launch so all of them would end. Check out one more sketch after the jump. (more…)

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Finally, after thousands of spy shots and spy videos of the Porsche Panamera, the German car manufacturer decided to release something and shed some light on the car. It’s not much, but at least it’s something. We get to see a lateral shot of the front part of the car, which is styled in the typical Porsche style, no surprise about that. We’re really interested on seeing the rest of the car, that’s where we want to see what Porsche did. But I really like the teaser photo, especially with the rest of the Porsche range, the Cayenne, Cayman, Carrera and Boxster just standing there and waiting for their more luxurious sister/brother to come out. If you want to learn more about the Panamera, you can check out the official microsite.

Check out a close up of the Panamera after the jump. (more…)

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As roumors fly around, Porsche is going to introduce its first hybrid. Weather it will be the Cayenne or the Panamera we’re yet to find out, but what we know for sure is that the company already registered Panamera Hybrid Logo with OHIM (The EU trade and design marks agency).

There’s no surprise in the design, it uses the known Porsche font, and it does not emphasis in any way the “hybrid”. It is plain and conservatory design. Something you do expect from a car manufacturer that has not radically changed the design since their first product.

The Cayenne Hybrid is going to use a VW V6 3.6 litre engine (after all, let’s not forget that Porsche does own important shares in VW, and making use of their engine and know-how is one of the reason they bought the shares in the first place) along with an electric engine. The fuel economy will be made by using the electric engine at steady speeds. We expect the same treatment for their hybrid sedan.

We can hardly wait the expression on people’s faces after the double shock: A 4 door Porsche hybrid.

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Scheduled to debut at next year’s Detroit Auto Show, in January, the Fisker Sports Sedan (not the final name) is developed with Quantum Technologies, a Californian company specialized in clean propulsion technologies. The plug-in hybrid 4-doors sports sedan will probably go on sale towards the end of 2008 – early 2009 and, priced under $100,000 (about €70,000), could be a serious competition to the upcoming Porsche Panamera or the Maserati Quattroporte.

Full press release after the jump.

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Here is one of the best spy photos of the upcoming Panamera, the 4 door coupe from Porsche, photo which was taken in Spain. After the jump you can also see a rendering based on recent spy shots and it’s probably very close to what the Panamera will be.

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