Porsche has added a new diesel model to its facelifted Panamera range which enjoys a 20% increase in performance over its predecessor.
Once again propulsion comes from a 3.0-litre V6 unit, but thanks to a redesigned crankshaft and pistons, along with a water-cooled turbocharger running at the higher boost pressure of 3 bar (up from 2.5 bar), output is raised by 37 kW (50 hp) and 100 Nm to 224 kW (300 hp) at 4000 rpm and 650 Nm between 1750 rpm and 2500 rpm.
With Porsche’s Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+) fitted as standard, along with a retuned transmission and chassis (inc thicker anti-roll bars), performance is further improved, with the 100 km/h time dropping from 6.8 seconds to 6s and top speed climbing from 244 km/h to 259 km/h. While gears one to four of the eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission have been shortened slightly to increase acceleration the longer final gears help to achieve an average fuel consumption figure of 6.4 litres/100 km along with emissions of 169 CO2/km.
The new Panamera Diesel will be revealed in Stuttgart later this month, with deliveries in Germany beginning in January. Pricing starts from €85,300.