Porsche will show off Panamera diesel, hybrid versions at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 26, 2011

Porsche is expected to display both the diesel and hybrid versions of the Panamera at the Geneva Motor Show this March. In a recent AutoNews report, an inside source said that both models are scheduled to arrive before Summer, implying a Geneva show debut. Last year, Porsche also picked out the Geneva Motor Show to show both diesel and hybrid versions of its Cayenne SUV.

Similar to the others in its range, the luxury saloon’s new diesel mill should be shared with the Cayenne, indicating that the Panamera Diesel will be powered by a 3.0-liter V6 with 240 hp coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The hybrid version is expected to have about 380 hp, due to a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 mated to an electric motor. Together with this debut, Porsche is also expected to make an announcement about the sales of the diesel Cayenne and Panamera in North America.

Bernhard Maier, the brand's sales and marketing chief, said that there are internal talks on whether the Cayenne diesel will be introduced in the U.S. this year. It was also pointed out that a Panamera diesel is an option.

The Cayenne diesel has been offered in Europe since early 2009, while the gasoline-electric hybrid version has only been introduced last year. Maier also cited that US consumers have been choosing diesel cars for their fuel efficiency.

What can be more economical than the latest Porsche Panamera Diesel that can take you from Berlin to Bologna with just one tank of fuel and still have an extra range of 1,200 km (746 miles)?

This long-range cruiser never fails to impress with its turn of speed and its combination of the sporty qualities of Porsche Gran Turismo and the usual diesel characteristics like great fuel economy and loads of pulling power.

As a result, this latest 4-door car serves as another leading example of "Porsche Intelligent Performance” as revealed in every development. The attributes of the new Panamera Diesel engine let it take climbs and sprints with ease in its stride. As a diesel engine, it is common to apply 550 Nm of rated torque to the crankshaft between 1,750 rpm and 2,750 rpm.

This is 50 Nm over that of the Panamera S with V8 engine. Paired with the extra efficient 8-speed Tiptronic S, this power development permits the Gran Turismo to accomplish in-gear acceleration, like for instance, from 80 km/h – 120 km/h (50 mph -75 mph) in just 4.5 seconds.

Porsche Panamera Diesel looks like the Panamera that has the V6 petrol engine. The difference lies in its exterior such as the “diesel” lettering seen on the front doors as well as the tailpipe covers particularly designed for the diesel.

When it comes to comfort and driving dynamics, this new 4-door vehicle is a totally authentic Porsche Gran Turismo. It has the usual steel springs. It comes with an optional Porsche Active Suspension Management or PASM adaptive damper control as well as adaptive air suspension with extra air volume.

This brings about a wide range of suspension attributes plus additional enhancements to deliver riding comfort and extra sporty driving dynamics.

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