Well, at a price situated between $125,000 and $175,000, many people might think that the Porsche Panamera might not be worth it. At this price range, there are many other options, one of the most interesting one would be the Ferrari F430. What we know about the Panamera is that it comes with a front V8 engine and in a sedan shape.
We also know that Porsche has built this autmobile to compete on the market with other fancy cars such as the Quattroporte, XJR and upper-echelon 7-series, A8s and S-classes.
Two rear-drive cars will be available at launch: those with four pipes are understood to be the 500bhp turbocharged 4.8-litre V8; twin pipes (above) are assigned to the naturally aspirated V8, developing a lazier 400 ponies.
The Panamera will need all that power, mind you. It's expected to weigh a chunky 1800kg, so plenty of twisting power will be needed to ahieve the Turbo's target of 190mph and 0-62mph in 4.2sec.
In 2010, Porsche will extend the Panamera family with a smaller engined 300bhp 3.6 V6 and four-wheel drive versions will be launched too. Then in 2011, we can expect to see the 175mph hybrid Panamera, using much of the battery powered know-how from the recently confirmed Cayenne Hybrid.
So, knowing all these information and assuming that the price tag is not an issue, would you buy the Porsche Panamera or would you rather go with a different brand?