Porsche considering diesel and targa top for Panamera sedan

It’s already confirmed that the Porsche Panamera will be available as a hybrid, but according to an AutoWeek source that attended a focus group in California this week, the German automaker could be consider further variants of its first sedan.

First is a diesel version of the Panamera which will mostly likely borrow the same 3.0L V6 TDI diesel engine from the recently announced for the Porsche Cayenne Diesel. It is also reported that Porsche will borrow other diesel Audi engines including a 4.2L V8 diesel and the 6.0L V12 found in the R8 TDI Concept we saw at Detroit and Geneva. The V8 found in the Q7 in Europe produces 322-hp and 560 lb-ft of torque while the V12 produces 500-hp and 737 lb-ft of torque.

According to the source, Porsche also showed renderings of a Panamera with a three-panel targa roof at the focus group meeting.

The Porsche Panamera will begin production in April 2009 and will arrive on the market as a 2010 model.


Source: AutoWeek