While the exterior of the Porsche Panamera may have the company's die-hard fans in a bit of tizzy, these first official photos of the interior seem to hint at a cabin that is luxurious enough to win over the naysayers.
The most prominent design feature is a large center console that flows all the way from the dashboard to the rear seats, effectively creating four separate seating areas. The interior also boasts 13 leather and color combinations, including four bi-color options. There are seven interior trim choices and they run the gambit from Olive Nature open-pore wood to sporty carbon fiber.
The Panamera S and 4S feature front comfort seats with eight-way power adjustment while the two rear passengers are treated to individual seats and a folding center armrest. The Panamera Turbo gets front passengers power seats with lumbar support and electrical steering column adjustment. Of course a variety of sport seats will be available on all models, but in typical Porsche fashion, prepare to shell out a good chunk of change.
Options for the new GT car include a high-end surround sound system by Burmester, four-zone automatic climate control, rear side airbags, and the company's new double-clutch seven-speed Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission for the Panamera S.
When the Panamera launches it will be only initially be offered in S and 4S trim, and both models will be powered by a 4.8-liter V8 engine that develops 400 bhp (294 kW). Performance figures for the Panamera S include a 0-100 km/h time of 5.4 seconds, a top speed of 283 km/h (176 mph), a combined fuel consumption rating of 10.8 ltr/100 km (26.2 mpg UK), and a CO2 emission rating of 253 g/km. The 4S on the other hand runs to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds, has a top speed of 282 km/h (175 mph), is rated at 11.1 ltr/100 km (25.4 mpg UK) and emits 260 g/km of CO2.
The all-wheel drive Panamera Turbo features a 4.8-liter biturbo V8 with 500 bhp that results in a 0-100 km/h time of just 4.2 seconds and a top speed of 303 km/h (188 mph). Combined fuel consumption is rated at 12.2 ltr/100 km (23.2 mpg UK) while CO2 emissions come in at 286 g/km.
German pricing starts €94,575 for the Panamera S with a six-speed manual and climbs to €98,085.50 for a Panamera S with PDK. The range topping Panamera Turbo costs a whopping €135,154.