Four Doors For Qatar: Porsche Launches Panamera 4S Middle East Edition

A number of luxury automakers have crafted special vehicles exclusively for customers in the Middle East, and it seems Porsche is no exception. The German automaker unwrapped the new Panamera 4S Exclusive Middle East Edition this week at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show.

Conceived by Porsche Design, the Panamera Middle East Edition differs from stock 4S models in cosmetics alone. These models are painted in Carrera White Metallic (a color typically unavailable on Panameras), which is also used on the front grille insert. Apart from the special paint scheme, the Middle Eastern Edition Panameras also receive 20-inch, five-spoke Turbo II wheels at all four corners.

Bright Carrera Red leather is applied to nearly every conceivable interior surface, including the front and rear seats, door panels, and the dashboard. Alcantara is used to trim the headliner, while carbon fiber accents are scattered throughout the cabin. Other touches include embossed Porsche crests on the front headrests, and individually numbered dash placques.

Unchanged, however, is the Panamera’s performance. The 4.8-liter V-8 still produces 400 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, and is mated to Porsche’s seven-speed double-clutch PDK gearbox and an all-wheel-drive system. Bundled with the Sport Chrono Package, the 4100-pound sedan is able to sprint from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds.

Think this would look good in your garage? We hope you’ve got some real estate in the Middle East, as it won’t be sold outside the region (you can, however, spec out a nearly identical vehicle with Porsche’s various Exclusive options). Only 66 examples will be built, and will be priced around the $160,000 mark.

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