Following in the footsteps of the diesel Cayenne, Porsche will launch an oil-burning Panamera this August. The four-door sedan comes packing a Porsche-tuned version of Volkswagen's 3.0-liter turbodiesel that cranks out 247 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. Mated to an eight-speed automatic with stop-start capability, the Panamera Diesel hits 62 miles per hour in 6.8 seconds.
On the fuel economy front, the oil-burning Panamera consumes 6.3 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers (approximately 37.3 miles per gallon U.S.) and emits 167 g/km of CO2 when equipped with low-rolling resistance tires. With standard rubber, fuel consumption is listed at 6.5 l/100 km (36.2 mpg U.S.) and emissions rise to 172 g/km CO2. Porsche emphasizes that the Panamera Diesel has a range of more than 745 miles.
There's one more notable number: price. The Panamera Diesel will start at €80,183 ($119,000 U.S. at the current exchange rate) in Germany, including VAT. Deliveries start this August. Unfortunately, the Panamera Diesel isn't likely to be offered in the U.S. anytime soon.
- Panamera appeal widens with introduction of Diesel variant
- Impressive efficiency without compromising sporting performance
- On sale August 2011 – priced from £62,134
On sale from August 2011, the Porsche Panamera range extends with the introduction of the new Panamera Diesel, further enhancing the model's appeal to UK customers. A luxury Gran Turismo, the Panamera Diesel is capable of taking four passengers in sporting comfort from Lands End to Loch Ness without refuelling.
Coping effortlessly with short bursts of speed and cross country touring, this long distance sporting performance is delivered by the smooth-running 3.0-litre V6 engine with a rated output of 250 hp (184 kW) achieved between 3,800 rpm and 4,400 rpm. The maximum torque of 550 Nm, available all the way from 1,750 rpm to 2,750 rpm, delivers high pulling power. It is exclusively available with rear-wheel drive and uses a highly efficient eight-speed Tiptronic S as standard. The six-cylinder turbo diesel engine powers the new Gran Turismo from 0 to 62 mph in 6.8 seconds, with a top speed of 150 mph.
The Panamera Diesel offers a highly appealing driving range of more than 745 miles on one 80-litre tank, emits 172 g/km and delivers a Combined fuel economy of 43.5mpg. With the optional lower rolling resistance tyres, efficiency improves further still, to 167 g/km and 44.8mpg on a Combined cycle.
The model's 3.0-litre V6 engine is state of the art in diesel technology: common rail direct injection through piezo valves at a pressure of 2000 bar, turbocharging employing electrically controlled variable geometry turbochargers (VGTs) and emission control achieved by controlled exhaust gas recirculation, oxidation catalyst and particle filter.
Performance, generous torque and low consumption are accompanied by smooth running, reliability and low emissions. An additional contributing factor is the auto start/stop function, which is fitted as standard. Adaptive air suspension is available as an alternative to the standard steel spring suspension, to provide an even wider range of suspension settings to extend the driving qualities further still.
Through its proportions alone, the Panamera stands out clearly in its market segment: measuring 1931mm (76.0in) in width and 1418mm (55.8in) in height, the Panamera is both wider and lower than comparable four-door models. The unmistakable, sleek GT silhouette is created by an overall length of 4970mm (195.7in) and short, sporting overhangs front and rear. This new model can be recognised by the lettering 'diesel' on the front doors.
Every Panamera, including the new Diesel model, has a high level of standard specification that includes leather interior, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Bi-Xenon headlights, front and rear ParkAssist, tyre pressure monitoring, automatic dimming rear view mirrors, Porsche Communication Management with touch-screen satellite navigation and audio controls, cruise control and a three year warranty.
Fitted to every Panamera is a Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), a sophisticated vehicle security package approved to Thatcham Category 5 standard, and customers will also be able to explore the potential of their new car by participating in a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.
The Panamera Diesel costs £62,134 and is on sale in the UK from August 2011.