Panorama Photo Gallery - May 2009

Each month, Porsche Panorama magazine brings you the best from the world of Porsche. Races, vintage car shows, technical articles, we cover it all!

At Panorama, we never have room for all the pictures we'd like to share with our readers. Here are some photos that just wouldn't fit into the magazine this month.

Featured in the May issue is a first look at the Porsche Panamera, gleaned from a technology seminar at Porsche’s Weissach R&D Center. For this month’s Gallery, Leonard Turner shares some exclusives photographs from that event.

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The new Panamera, shown at Weissach, seemed quite at home with the Porsche Motorsports support vehicles.
LEONARD TURNER

 

Acoustic engineer Dr. Rudolf Herrmann demonstrates how microphones were placed in the clay model of the Panamera to study and control wind noise.
LEONARD TURNER

 

Porsche used multiple types of steel and other materials with both welded and adhesive bonds to produce a rigid structure with good crash protection.
LEONARD TURNER

 

The Panamera exhaust system permits quiet cruising while allowing very aggressive sounds on hard acceleration.
LEONARD TURNER

 

The muscular turbo V8, derived from the Cayenne, yields a zero to 60 time of 4 seconds with its 500 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
LEONARD TURNER

 

Massive disc brakes seem adequate to the job of dealing with the speed of the 4000-pound Panamera.
LEONARD TURNER

 

The cockpit of this turbo version features a steering wheel with controls for both the communication system and the PDK transmission; myriad other controls are available on the center console.
LEONARD TURNER

 

Not to be outdone, rear seat passengers have extensive air conditioning and seat positioning options.
LEONARD TURNER

 

Moving onto the main test track at Weissach provides a chance to experience the acceleration and 1 G plus cornering forces of a Porsche from the back seat.
LEONARD TURNER

 

How else would you serve German beer at the end of the day?
LEONARD TURNER

 

Check out the May issue for the full story on the Panamera, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the first of several stories celebrating the fortieth anniversary of the mighty 917. You will also find a profile of Rennsport Reunion founder Bob Carlson, an account of Red River Region’s award-winning display at World of Wheels in Winnipeg, and a firsthand report on what it’s like to win PCA’s annual raffle. All great reading just for PCA members in the latest edition of Panorama.