Porsche’s Wendelin Wiedeking announced in an interview just days ago that the automaker’s new Panamera four-door “coupe” began its testing marathon at the challenging NÃ¼rburgring over the last week. Now, spy photographer Brenda Priddy has snapped some photos of one of the first prototypes, still wearing heavy disguise.
The entry-level powerplant will be Volkswagenâ€™s 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine with 300 bhp, while Porscheâ€™s own drivetrain will be a direct-injection eight-cylinder petrol engine, available in naturally-aspirated guise (350 bhp) and with twin-turbo (560 bhp).
When it hits the road in 2009, Porsche hopes to be able to sell 20 000 units annually.
In late 2005, a Porsche spokesperson said the automaker would unveil a concept version of the car in spring 2007.
So far, Porsche has only released an official sketch of the car. [Leftlane News]