Porsche has announced a diesel version of its luxurious Panamera.
The Porsche Panamera diesel becomes only the second Porsche model to ever be offered with a diesel engine option. And what this may cost the German sporting brand in image, the Panamera more than makes up for with long distance cruising capability.
Porsche Panamera diesel: Land’s End to Loch Ness on a single tank
The Panamera Diesel is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine, producing 246bhp.
It also has a substantial 405lb ft of torque (pulling power) available from 1,750rpm to 2,750rpm. With rear-wheel drive only (other Panameras are offered with four-wheel drive) and an eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic gearbox, Porsche claims fuel economy of 43.5mpg combined, plus comparatively low CO2 emissions of 172g/km.
The car is fitted with an 80-litre fuel tank, giving it a theoretical range in excess of 745 miles – enough to travel from Land’s End to Loch Ness without stopping to refuel.
What’s more, the economy can be improved still further with a set of optional low rolling resistance tyres. These officially reduce CO2 levels to 167g/km, while improving the economy to 44.8mpg combined. The trade off is a slight reduction in ultimate grip.
Despite all this (relative) eco-consciousness, the Panamera Diesel will still hit 62mph in 6.8 seconds and has a top speed of 150mph.
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Start-stop, tracking system and driving experience included
Standard equipment for the new Porsche is hardly lacking, either. All diesel Panameras have start-stop, leather interior, bi-xenon headlights, front and rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring, auto dimming rear-view mirror, touchscreen sat nav, cruise control, and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).
PASM can be optionally upgraded to air suspension, giving an even greater range of adjustment. Diesel models are distinguished by ‘diesel’ lettering on the front doors, while all Panameras come with a tracking system and Thatcham Category 5 security package as standard, plus a three-year warranty.
The opportunity to hone your driving skills at the Porsche Experience Centre – located at the Silverstone racing circuit – is also covered in the asking price.
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£25k cheaper than the Hybrid
At £62,134 the Panamera Diesel isn’t exactly cheap – but at just £2,388 more than the entry-level petrol version, we suspect its reduced running costs will make it popular with both private and business buyers.
Especially given the forthcoming hybrid version costs nearly £25,000 more. However, the hybrid Panamera is both faster and more efficient.
The Porsche Panamera diesel goes on sale in the UK in August 2011.
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