Porsche has just launched the most fuel efficient Panamera is Europe. It is powered by Volkswagen Group’s 3.0-litre V6 TDI employing common rail direct injection technology and electrically controlled variable geometry turbochargers (VGTs).
Tuned by Porsche to suit its application, the engine produces 184 kW between 3,800 rpm and 4,400 rpm and a peak torque of 550Nm available from 1,750 rpm to 2,750 rpm. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission with start/stop system. No 911 level of performance here, but the car still sprints from stand-still to 100km/h in a respectable 6.8 seconds, around 1 second quicker than a Volkswagen Golf GTi. Top speed is claimed to be 242km/h.
The diesel-powered Panamera returns a combined fuel consumption of 6.5 l/100 km with CO2 emissions of 172 g/km. Opt for the low rolling resistance tires, and the aforementioned numbers drop to 6.3 l/100 km and 167 g/km CO2 respectively. The 80-liter tank allows a theoretical range in excess of 1,200 kilometers, that’s good for Sydney to Brisbane in one tank.
In comparison, the Panamera Hybrid that makes use of a 248kW 3.0-liter V6 TSI petrol engine and a 35kW electric motor returns 6.8 l/100 km with CO2 emissions of 159 g/km when equipped with low rolling resistance tires.
The Panamera Diesel will go on sale in Europe this August.