Porsche announced the launch of a new diesel-powered version of its Panamera sports saloon at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Compared to the previous model, the 2014 Porsche Panamera Diesel gets a 50 hp boost in power output, for a total 300 horsepower.
Torque is also increased by 100 Newton metre to a meaty 650 Nm, which means the diesel Panamera can now accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds, while the top speed has increased to 259 km/h (previously 244).
This, combined with controlled rear-axle differential lock with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+) as standard, results in a more satisfying driving experience. It even gets more rigid anti-roll bars for a sportier feel.
To maintain the car’s excellent fuel economy and even enhance it, the 2014 Porsche Panamera Diesel also gets revised gearing, with longer gear ratio for the rear axle. This enables the car to achieve its speed at lower rpm, thus preserving fuel. Fuel economy is rated at 6.4 litres/100 km, which is equivalent to 169 CO2/km.
The 2014 Porsche Panamera Diesel is a fabulous car, despite the very fact that it runs on diesel. Just about the only problem that might stop one from buying it is the mahoosive price tag, which reads EUR 85,300.