2012 Porsche Panamera Diesel – First Look

By Christian Stampfer on 16 October 2011
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Introduced at the 13th Auto Shanghai in 2009, the Porsche Panamera represents the latest expansion of the Porsche model range following the Porsche Cayenne in 2002. The Panamera is a four-seat hatchback luxury liner and is available with a variety of petrol engines. With the world premiere of the Panamera Diesel at the 64th IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, a second diesel model (in addition to the Cayenne Diesel) joins the Porsche family and will be available in European markets.

The model name “Panamera” is borrowed from the legendary long-distance race Carrera Panamericana. With average fuel consumption of 6.5 l/100 km (39.2 mpg) and a potential range of 1,200 km (745 miles) the Panamera Diesel truly lives up to its name. The 250 hp diesel engine produces 405 pound-feet of torque  between 1,750 rpm and 2,750 rpm and it takes the Panamera Diesel 6.8 seconds to accelerate from 0 – 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph) and 4.5 seconds from 80 km/ to 120 km/h (50 – 75 mph). The top speed is 242 km/h (150 mph).

The diesel engine itself comes originally from Audi, a sister brand within the Volkswagen Group. Porsche engineers reworked the engine and adapted it to the unique demands of the Panamera Diesel. The modifications include the latest technology in common rail direct fuel injection including piezo valves at a pressure of 2000 bar and turbocharging via electrically-controlled variable geometry turbocharger. Combined with the highly advanced eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission and the standard auto start/stop function, the Panamera Diesel is the most fuel efficient model offered by Porsche. It beats the Panamera S Hybrid (7.1 l/100km; 33.6 mpg) and the Cayenne Diesel (7.2 l/100 km, 33.4 mpg) by roughly 10% and meets the EU 5 standards easily. Its CO2 emissions are 172 g/km.

Options for the Panamera Diesel include the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), adaptive damper control and adaptive air suspension with additional air volume offering the driver a wide spread of suspension characteristics from Comfort, to Sport and Sport Plus. The Panamera Diesel comes equipped with comfort seats, a two-zone automatic climate control, and a 7-inch color screen with ten audio speakers.