• Sep 11th 2009 at 10:30AM
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2010 Porsche Panamera – Click above for high-res image gallery

As far as high-end sports cars go, the Porsche lineup is pretty fuel efficient. Light weight and six-cylinder engines usually do the trick, but those attributes don't exactly describe the new Panamera. The large, four-door Porsche comes standard with a bare minimum of 400 horsepower, and while it isn't a Biggest Loser candidate, it won't balance the scales of justice with a GT3 on the opposing dish, either.

Inside Line is reporting that the impressive size and power of the Panamera won't lead to a gas guzzler tax, citing an email from Porsche Cars North America spokesman Gary Fong that reportedly tabs fuel economy for the 4.8-liter, 400-horsepower Panamera S and 4S models at an impressive 16 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. The 500 pony Panamera Turbo will reportedly still have a respectable 15/23 rating. For comparison's sake, Maserati's rival Quattroporte GT S achieves just 12 mpg/18 highway, and it is down 66 horses on the Porsche.

Fuel economy numbers for the Panamera are surprisingly handsome, beating even some sport coupes in the $100,000+ range. Reasons for the car's remarkable fuel economy numbers include its dual clutch transmission and the inclusion of start/stop technology. The Environmental Protection Agency hasn't yet published the official fuel economy numbers for the range, so we'll just have to sit tight for now with these preliminary figures.

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      The EPA must correct our testing so that you can't just make a vehicle with start/stop (optional in this case!) as an end-around to making an actual efficient vehicle. No $100,000 car buyer is going to use start/stop, so they're just lying with figures.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly why is more socialist control a good idea? Where are the true benefits in our society from this type of thinking? The EPA needs to focus on real environmental issues, not political ones.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Never noticed how much this bodystyle mimics the CrossTour until I saw the post right above this one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Right in line with the Camaro SS and Challenger R/T as far as power and mpg goes. Of course the price point is a different market though.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The fuel consumption if true is indeed very good for a DOHC V8, which
      so far had appalling mpg ratings. Still, part of that 24mpg hwy rating
      comes from the low profile of the car and the non-torque converter
      automatic transmission.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great news!

      Now let us all race to the dealership and see who can get one first. I'd better hurry, I don't want to be last behind a whole line of autobloggers dying to own a Panamera.

      Ready? Set? Go!

      Seriously though, this is great technology. I only wish they'd done it in a 2+2 or put smaller doors in the rear a-la Mazda RX-8.

      Cut out that limo-stretched middle section and they'd have a winner of a touring car. Comfy and fast!
        • 5 Years Ago
        And hopefully Porsche will have a programmable setting to eliminate the stop/start BS for, umm, spirited driving!
        • 5 Years Ago
        you can turn off the Stop/Start function.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm talking about the 4.8 of course