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.
quote: Porsche and "4 door sedan" just don't go together in my mind.