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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: how about no?
By Jeffk464 on 5/2/2011 3:30:40 PM , Rating: 2
Yup sports cars haven't done so hot for a while as witnessed by the death of the supra and RX7. They are in reality totally ridiculous cars to drive around on city streets. If you ask me that's why the mustang has always done well, its more like a "real" car.

RE: how about no?
By Spuke on 5/2/2011 5:34:13 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know about totally ridiculous. Impractical, maybe.

RE: how about no?
By Nfarce on 5/2/2011 8:06:46 PM , Rating: 3
Errr, I don't think so. The two Porsches in a friend's garage right now don't see the light of day from Monday-Thursday, and if the weekend weather is bad, same thing. Weekends only, and that includes track time.

The RX7 is now the RX8. Toyota axed the Supra because of falling sales. The Mustang is a serious "sports" car in V8 form. The Corvette has always done well too, but it's a level up in track performance compared to the Mustang, not to mention more expensive. The Camaro is more of a fat walrus showboater but still successful and decent performing "sports" car for Chevy.

RE: how about no?
By Jeffk464 on 5/2/2011 10:53:35 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but the Rx7 to the Rx8 was a downgrade and it was cancelled like the supra because of poor sales. Rx8 came out a while after the Rx7 was cancelled.

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