After the new generation Porsche Panamera made its world debut at the 2013 Auto China in Shanghai, the new diesel version of the luxury sedan will be unveiled next week at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show . When compared to the previous generation, the new Panamera Diesel delivers an extra 50 horsepower and is both faster and more fuel efficient.
Next to the more powerful engine, the revised Panamera Diesel will adopt the same design language we have seen in the gasoline version. It will get a revised front fascia with redesigned headlights and larger air intakes and for the rear, a wider spoiler and redesigned taillights. As usual, no changes were made on the interior.
The new generation Panamera Diesel will be put on sale in January 2014 at a starting price of €85,300 - about $113,000 at the current exchange rates.
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As no surprise, the new Panamera Diesel will adopt the same sportier lines revealed on the gasoline version. We will see tighter and more prominent lines, redesigned headlights and larger air intakes that ensure an improved cooling for the more powerful engine.
For the rear the model will adopt a more swept-back rear window, giving it an extended silhouette, a wider spoiler and redesigned taillights.
As with the gasoline version, no changes were made on the interior, but the Panamera is already famous for its amazing level of luxury offered to its customers.
Most of the changes on the new Panamera Diesel were made under the hood. In here, Porsche installed a new 3.0 liters six-cylinder engine, with new crankshaft drive and pistons and, for the first time with a water-cooled turbocharger. Thanks to this new turbine, the boost pressure goes for 2.5 to 3 bar.
The new engine delivers a total of 300 horsepower at 4,000 rpm and a peak torque of 479 pound-feet delivered between 1750 rpm and 2500 rpm. This represents a power increase of 50 horsepower over the previous generation.
Thanks to the extra power, the new Panamera Diesel will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.0 seconds, while the top speed has increased to 160 mph (up from 151 mph); in the same time fuel consumption was lowered to 6.4 liters / 100 km (36.7 mpg).
The engine is mated to an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission with shorter gear ratio. For the first time, Panamera Diesel is equipped with Porsche Torque Vector ing Plus (PTV+) that improves agility and steering precision at lower speeds, and at higher speeds driving stability.
The new Panamera Diesel will be put on sale in January 2014 at a starting price of €85,300 - about $113,000 at the current exchange rates.
The BMW 7 Series has a huge advantage over the new Panamera Diesel: is offer a choice of three diesel engines. The base model, the 730d, gets a 3-liter six-cylinder diesel engine with 258 horsepower, while the 740d gets a 3-liter six-cylinder diesel with 313 horsepower. Diesel fans have an even more powerful version to choose from: the new 750d xDrive powered by a 3-liter high-performance diesel engine equipped with TwinPower Turbo technology that delivers a total of 381 horsepower.
Gallery BMW 7-Series
Audi fans also have a recent diesel option for the A8 lineup: the new L TDI version. It gets a 3.0-liter TDI engine that delivers 240 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque, allowing the car to hit 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds. The best part is that this version is also offered on the U.S. market at a price of $82,500.
Gallery Audi A8 L TDI
The new Panamera Diesel seems to be the perfect addition to an improved Panamera lineup. It is more powerful, faster and looks better than the previous generation, so for sure, it will soon exceed the 8,500 units delivered so far.
- More powerful engine
- Faster and more fuel efficient
- New standard features
- Kind of expensive
Gallery Porsche Panamera Diesel
With its completely new 300-bhp engine and dynamic performance package, Porsche has made the Panamera Diesel even more attractive just in time for this year’s International Motor Show (IAA). The vehicle has once again been kitted out with a six-cylinder V-engine with a displacement of three litres, and the power output has been increased by 50 bhp, equivalent to a considerable 20% increase in performance compared to the predecessor model. As a result, the acceleration time has been reduced by eight-tenths of a second, meaning that the new model goes from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.0 seconds, while the top speed has increased to 259 km/h compared to the 244 km/h achieved by the previous model. In addition to the improved power output, dynamic performance has also been optimised: For instance, the Panamera Diesel now features the controlled rear-axle differential lock with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+) as standard for the first time – to date, this feature has been reserved for the petrol engine Gran Turismo models. The transmission and chassis have also been retuned. Around 8,500 Panamera Diesel vehicles have been delivered so far, and the model accounts for a share of around 15% of the complete Panamera model range.
The only aspect that still remains of the previous Panamera Diesel’s V6 engine are the basic engine dimensions. The moving parts in particular, such as the crankshaft drive and pistons, have been completely re-designed and dimensioned with the aim of increasing the power output. Porsche has combined its new engine with a water-cooled turbocharger for the first time, too. The new turbine provides a greater air flow as well as a higher boost pressure of 3 bar (formerly 2.5 bar).
In addition to the increased power output of 300 bhp (221 kW) at 4000 rpm, the rated torque has also been increased by 100 Newton metre to 650 Nm at engine speeds of between 1750 rpm and 2500 rpm, providing even greater power at lower speeds. This power needs to be reliably converted into traction, which is where PTV+ comes in: The system comprises an electronically controlled, fully variable rear-axle differential lock and targeted, individual brake interventions at the rear wheels. At low to moderate speeds, the PTV Plus improves agility and steering precision; at high speeds and when accelerating out of bends, it delivers greater driving stability. As a result, the Panamera Diesel can now handle trailer loads of up to 2600 kg effortlessly, meaning that it is better able to tow attachments like horse boxes than its predecessor.
The more powerful characteristics of the turbo engine also offered an opportunity to re-tune the transmission. In order to reduce fuel consumption and improve comfort at higher speeds in particular, the gear ratio is longer for the rear axle, meaning the Panamera Diesel uses a lower engine speed to achieve the required vehicle speed. The Gran Turismo with the new engine offers an NEDC fuel consumption of 6.4 litres/100 km, which is equivalent to 169 CO2/km. In addition, gears one to four of the eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission have been designed with a shorter gear ratio, giving the Gran Turismo an impressively powerful acceleration and sprint capability. This improved agility is also evident in the running-gear set-up: The anti-roll bars on the front and rear axle are slightly more rigid, giving the Panamera Diesel a sportier feel than its predecessor.
The Panamera Diesel with the new engine replaces the current 250-bhp variant and will be available on the market from January 2014 onwards. The vehicle costs EUR 85,300 including VAT in Germany.