Porsche AG released official photos and details of its upcoming Panamera's "cockpit for four." We've already had a look at the exterior and seen some blurry pictures of the dashboard, but this is our first clear look at the gran turismo's interior.
Porsche will offer the interior in 13 color and material combinations, including four two-tone leather interiors and seven interior trim options, from carbon fiber to Natural Olive wood.
Cabin tech comes in the form of a new ultra high-end surround sound system from renowned Berlin audio manufacturer Burmester. While this is the first that we've heard from Burmester here at Car Tech, we're anxious to give this 16-speaker plus a subwoofer, 1,000 plus watt audio system a listen.
The Panamera will also be available with the latest connectivity features, including Bluetooth, Porsche's Universal Audio Interface for connecting personal audio devices, and satellite radio.
This being "spare no expense" Porsche, the cabin is luxuriously appointed with an available four-zone climate control system giving each of the four seats temperature, air distribution, and venting direction control. Spec a Panamera S or 4S and you get eight-way power seats in front with a driver memory package. Spec a Turbo and you also get an electronically adjustable steering wheel. Buyers with money to burn can further choose optional 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats (which we assume feature some sort of active bolstering, like the Mercedes-Benz CL 550 tested earlier) or fully adjustable eight-way power seats in the rear.
The Panameras will be available with two engine options, a 400-horsepower, 4.8-liter V-8 and a 500-horsepower, twin-turbocharged version of the same block. Porsche's PDK double-clutch transmission is standard, as is Porsche Direct Fuel Injection (DFI).
Here's something that threw us for a loop: For additional fuel savings, all Panameras include an engine stop-start function that can turn off and restart the engine at certain times, like when stopped at an intersection or in traffic. Nice, I'll take my Porsche in green, please.
The rear-wheel drive Panamera S has an MSRP of $89,800. Upgrade to the all-wheel-drive Panamera 4S for $93,800. Finally, the big boy, 500-horsepower Panamera Turbo, with its 0-to-60 time of 4 seconds flat, comes in at $132,600. All three Panamera models will go on sale in the United States this October.