Porsche’s new CEO Matthias Muller has confirmed that the sports car maker has plans to launch a diesel-powered Panamera in the second half of next year. In an interview with Westfalen-Blatt, Muller said that the success of the Cayenne diesel is one of the key reasons to push the Panamera diesel forward.
Now word on what engine Porsche will put in the Panamera diesel, but it will most likely be the 3.0L TDI unit making 236-hp and 406 lb-ft of torque. The engine will be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
It was recently reported that Porsche is working on plug-in hybrid Panamera, which it has no plans to show at any public events. The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid will hit the market next year and will provide a 30% reduction in fuel-consumption.
Refresher: The $89,800 Porsche Panamera S is powered by a 400-hp V8 allowing for a 0-60 mph time of 5.2 seconds with a top speed of 175 mph. The $93,800 Panamera 4S is powered by the same 400-hp V8. The $132,600 Porsche Panamera Turbo is powered by a turbocharged V8 making 500-hp allowing for a 0-60 mph time of 4.0 seconds with a top speed of 188 mph. The Porsche Panamera V6 and Porsche Panamera 4 are powered by a 3.6L V6 engine making 300-hp and a peak torque of 295 lb-ft. Prices start at $74,400 for the base V6 Panamera and $78,900 for the V6 Panamera 4.
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– By: Omar Rana