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Porsche has released the first photos of what it is calling the Panamera Gran Turismo, the first four-door in Porsche’s lineup. Officially, Porsche will be marketing the Panamera as a four-door grand touring sports car, meaning potential Maxima buyers will have another choice to consider.

The Panamera will feature three engines, ranging from a 300-horsepower V6 to the range topping direct injection 500-horsepower turbocharged V8. Power will get to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox or Porsche’s new seven-speed PDK Doppelkupplungsgetriebe transmission. We’ve found that Doppelkupplungsgetriebe is a far more impressive in conversation than double-clutch, so practice up on your German.

Porsche says that the Panamera will make its world debut in the Spring of 2009 and will arrive at U.S. dealers in the Fall of 2009.

As a side note, after looking at these photos for a few days, I’m convinced that rear end is something that only Sir-Mix-A-Lot could love. What do you think of the Panamera? If it were YOUR money, which sport four-door would you buy? We love to see your comments!

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