Porsche announces Panamera prices

* Prices from 72,266 * On sale in September 2009 * Porsche's first luxury 'four-door' model...

Porsche announces Panamera prices

Prices for Porsches first luxury four-door the Panamera will start at 72,266 when it goes on sale in September.

The entry point will be the Panamera S, which will have a 400bhp 4.8-litre V8 engine. A six-speed manual gearbox will be standard, although Porsches twin-clutch PDK semi-auto transmission will be a 2289 option.

Next step up is the 4S, at 77,269, which features four- rather than rear-wheel drive and a PDK gearbox as standard. Top of the pile will be the Panamera Turbo. Itll have a turbocharged version of the V8 engine with a whalloping 500bhp and will cost 95,298.

Every version will come with full leather trim, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), satellite-navigation and Bluetooth connectivity with a cordless handset for rear-seat passengers. Theres a stack of airbags, too those in the front have head, side and knee airbags, and full-length curtain airbags run the length of the cabin.

Extras on the Panamera Turbo include air suspension, a BOSE stereo, metallic paint, heated rear seats and rear side airbags.

Despite Porsches description of the Panamera as a four-door, it has a conventional hatchback tailgate. Its a practical four-seater with a 445-litre boot (432 litres for the Turbo) and will be a rival for the likes of the BMW M5 and Maserati Quattroporte.