Russian tennis champion Maria Sharapova happens to be from Sochi where the 2014 Winter Olympics Games are currently in full swing. As she returned to Sochi as an Olympic hostess, the Porsche Brand Ambassador also took delivery of a special Porsche Panamera GTS to exhibit the numerous individualization options available through the Porsche Exclusive program for clients who aren’t satisfied with the stock model.
The Porsche Panamera GTS “by Maria Sharapova” wears a high-gloss white exterior with black LED main headlights, tinted LED rear lights, black tailpipes and 20-inch Panamera sports wheels in black.
Inside, the bespoke model comes equipped with an extended leather trim with decorative stitching in crème. The instrument dials are painted in the body colour white as well as the vehicle key. The front and rear headrests are embossed with the Porsche crest and the armrests are customised with the “Panamera GTS” model logo. The carbon door sill guards feature individual “Maria Sharapova” lettering.
The Panamera GTS “by Maria Sharapova” is powered by the standard 4.8-litre V8 naturally aspirated engine that is capable of producing 440 hp at 6,700 rpm. It accelerates from standstill to 100 km/h to in 4.4 seconds and reaches a top track speed of 288 km/h.
“Creating and specifying a very personal Porsche Panamera was such an exciting undertaking. It opens the door to a whole new design sensibility and allowed me to bring my own personal aesthetic. I count myself not only as an athlete, but also as a designer – I’ve designed full collections of luxury accessories, apparel, and even candy for years,” said Sharapova. “I never thought I would have the opportunity to add a car – especially a Porsche – to that repertoire. It’s an ingenious melding of the design world with automotive personalization.”