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Limited edition vehicles from manufacturers are becoming more and more popular as automakers look to cater to a specific country or demographic. Porsche has joined the group of companies doing just that with its luxurious and fast Panamera sedan, targeting the wealthy in the Middle East with a limited edition Panamera 4S model.
Debuting at this year’s Qatar Motor Show, the Porsche Panamera 4S Middle East Edition will be available in a limited quantity of 66. Highlighting the special features of this limited edition Panamera 4S is a Carrara White Metallic exterior paint shade while the interior features Carrera Red leather.
The Panamera 4S Middle East Edition will be powered by Porsche’s 4.8L eight-cylinder powerplant that puts out 400-hp. It will also come with the Sport Chrono Plus package as standard.
GALLERY: Porsche Panamera 4S Middle East Edition
Grand Touring Sedan looks more like a wagon… or a shoe
We’ve been torn over what to think of the design of the Panamera ever since the first spy photos came out. First we hated it. Then we liked it just a little. Now we know why our opinion keeps changing.
Porsche has just released the official photos of the car and opinions seem to change depending on the angle. It does look an awful lot like a wagon. Plus, the fact that the rear seats fold flat for increased cargo area doesn’t help Porsche’s case that the car is a grand-touring sedan.
The Panamera’s functionality is certainly intentional and we suspect some of the reason is to keep Cayenne buyers interested in the Porsche brand as the demand for SUVs (like the Cayenne) diminishes.
Porsche says the Panamera will be offered in several models, shown here are the Turbo (in silver) and the 4S (in blue). Power will be anywhere from 300 to 500 hp depending upon the model. Plus, Porsche says a Hybrid powerplant will be available in the near future. Two transmissions will be offered, including a six-speed manual (thank you Porsche) and the new 7-speed PDK double-clutch system.
Regardless of what we say about the looks of this car, Porsche is expecting huge things for the model with annual sales projected at 20,000 units worldwide!
Full press release and more photos after the jump: