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Porsche Panamera Goes Diesel

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On: Thu, May 5, 2011 at 4:40PM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Panamera Goes Diesel

Since introducing the Panamera to the market in 2009, Porsche has been adding numerous variants to the Panamera line, most recently with the Panamera Hybrid in New York. Porsche added one more Panamera earlier this week, when it revealed the Panamera diesel. The latest Porsche four-door makes use of a 3.0-liter V6 turbodiesel to add to the range and fuel economy of the Panamera line.

According to Porsche, the diesel Panamera gets up to 43.5 mpg on the European combined cycle and puffs out just 172g/km of CO2. With its 21-gallon fuel tank, the Panamera diesel is capable of traveling nearly 750 miles pump-to-pump. Want a little more? Optional low-resistance tires add about 1.5 mpg and cut 5 g/km.

Meanwhile, like all Porsche variants, the model still packs plenty of punch. The engine puts out 247 horses and 406 lb-ft of torque. With the assistance of its eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, the Panamera diesel hits 62 mph in 6.8 seconds and tops out at 150 mph.

No new colors or equipment come with the diesel version, just a bit of badging. Standard equipment includes Porsche Active Suspension Management, satellite navigation, stop-start system, bi-xenon headlights, and front/rear parking assist.

The new Porsche diesel will hit the European market this summer, with U.K. pricing starting at £62,134. As for the U.S., well, it's a diesel, so you know the drill: not very likely to happen.

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