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Porsche's turbodiesel can't fix ugly

Porsche continues to expand its lineup by introducing more fuel-efficient models. The company has already introduced diesel and hybrid versions of its Cayenne crossover. Likewise, the company's news nameplate, the Panamera, will soon be available in hybrid form.

Today, however, Porsche has officially revealed the newest member of the family: the Panamera Diesel. The Panamera Diesel uses a more powerful version of the VW Group 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel that is used in the Cayenne. In this application, it generates 250hp at 3,800 rpm and 405 lb-ft of torque at a low 1,750 rpm.

Those wishing to row your own gears will have to look elsewhere -- the Panamera Diesel can only be had with Porsche's 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission.

Porsche says that the Panamera Diesel can sprint to 60 mph in a respectable 6.8 seconds and has a top speed of 150 mph. The vehicle is rated at a U.S. equivalent 36.2 mpg on the European Cycle. As a result, Porsche's long-distance cruiser can travel a whopping 744 miles thanks to its generous 21-gallon fuel tank. 

While the powertrain is new in the Panamera, the styling hasn't change one bit. In fact, about the only thing that will alert pedestrians to the turbodiesel lurking within are the "Diesel" badges on the front doors. Otherwise, the Panamera’s family resemblance up front and dreadful backend/hatchback area remain.

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RE: Did you hear that?
By Lord 666 on 5/2/2011 1:33:31 PM , Rating: 3
Why rolling in his grave? He was all about efficiency... getting 36mpg at 6.8mpg is nothing to laugh at.

RE: Did you hear that?
By bah12 on 5/2/2011 2:01:45 PM , Rating: 2
Why rolling in his grave? He was all about efficiency... getting 36mpg at 6.8mpg is nothing to laugh at.
That's 36mpg European loop. These articles REALLY need a US EPA equivalent or just leave the mpg aspect out.

As to the OP, I think his point is 100% valid 6.8 is laughable for a Porsche, as another poster said clearly a CAFE gimmick.

RE: Did you hear that?
By piroroadkill on 5/3/2011 4:36:36 AM , Rating: 2
Honestly, most people just buy expensive cars for prestige, and barely ever use their cars' capabilities. An efficient diesel engine and a de-badge later, and it's an attractive deal for people who think like that.

For example, I passed an a Mercedes with an AMG 6.3 v8, north of 500hp. Why does he need that when I passed him with only 70hp?

Just for show.

RE: Did you hear that?
By piroroadkill on 5/3/2011 4:37:27 AM , Rating: 1
I should clarify, I don't mean he couldn't beat the shit out of me, he could, obviously - I'm just saying most people buy it for sake of it, and really don't use the performance.

RE: Did you hear that?
By Spuke on 5/3/2011 11:16:14 AM , Rating: 2
Most of the owners of these cars already know they're fast and don't feel the need to prove it. I drove faster in my old economy cars than in my sports car. Sometimes I do open it up but it's rare. Others fast cars owners save their fast driving for the track where you can really use the performance and drive slow in the street.

RE: Did you hear that?
By drewidgho5t on 5/3/2011 6:30:45 PM , Rating: 2
your girlfriend could beat the $hit outta u. Your momma does.

RE: Did you hear that?
By Visual on 5/3/2011 9:51:29 AM , Rating: 2
Exactly, because the internet does not reach Europe, and who would read Dailytech there anyway!

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