Porsche Panamera LWB for the Chauffeur Market
Porsche are currently working on a long wheelbase version of the Panamera for the chauffeur market for 2012. Their aim for the 4 door sports saloon is to satisfy customers in north America and China but it will also be available in Europe. The vehicle will be extended by around 150mm, stretching the Panamera to make it suitable for the rear sitting fast paced business person. The diesel version will be a 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 letting go of 246bhp, and with an 80- litre tank, it will offer a superb range of 745 miles with a combined fuel economy of 43.5mpg, very impressive for the chauffeur market in the UK.
With a cost of around £62,000 this puts the Panamera in line with the new cost of the Mercedes S-class and the BMW 7 series. The S-class Mercedes in comparison has a wheelbase of 3165mm and the Panamera will have approximately 3040mm. More importantly, all of the added wheelbase length will be incorporated into the rear section with a longer rear door and aperture, easier for passenger rear seat accessibility. The Panamera chauffeur car will incorporate an eight-speed Tiptronic S gearbox and will of course be rear wheel drive. The Panamera Diesel will arrive at 62mph in 6.8 seconds and boasts a top speed of 150mph.