Porsche Launches Panamera Diesel with 745-mile Range Just for Europe

It’s not exactly the most unexpected of new models, but Porsche has finally fitted a diesel to its four-door Panamera super saloon.

Porsche has just announced details of the all-new Porsche Panamera Diesel. The new variant showcases highly fuel-efficient consumption and emission figures, and is capable of travelling 1200km on a single tank of fuel. Photo: Porsche

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.

Using Volkswagen's 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 engine (seen in the Volkswagen Touareg), Porsche fitted variable-geometry turbochargers (VGT) to the unit to improve power and response. The engine produces 184kW of power from 3,800rpm to 4,400rpm, and 550Nm of torque from 1250rpm to 2750rpm (176kW/550Nm in Volkswagen form). Photo: Porsche

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.

Fitted with Porsche’s Tiptronic S eight-speed automatic transmission, accelerating from 0-100km/h can be achieved in 6.8 seconds. Sportiness typical of Porsche is retained as the Panamera Diesel is only available in rear-wheel drive form and is fitted with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system. Photo: Porsche

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.

The main reason for the diesel introduction is of course for the fuel saving benefits. Porsche says the new car offers an average fuel consumption rating of just 5.4L/100km. The package also emits 172 grams of CO2 per kilometre (167 grams with optional low rolling resistance tyres). Photo: Porsche

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 new model goes on sale in August 2011 priced at £62,134 in UK, putting it right up against other four-door luxury diesel saloons like the Jaguar XJ and Audi A8. This isn’t something Porsche drivers here in North America would be accustomed to, but that’s just as well, as the Panamera Diesel isn’t likely to land on these shores anytime soon. [via AutoBlog]

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