Porsche’s new model – the 2014 Panamera Diesel Facelift – was unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). Powering the 2014 Panamera Diesel Facelift is the same 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine but it has been redesigned to now offer more power. Several of the moving parts like the crankshaft drive and pistons were totally redesigned.
It also marks the first time for the new V6 to have a water-cooled turbocharger. The new turbine offers better air flow and higher boost pressure of 3 bar (previously 2.5 bar). Because of these, the 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine produces 300 bhp (221 kW) @ 4000 rpm and 650 Nm of torque between 1750 rpm and 2500 rpm.
When compared with the outgoing model, the engine has become more powerful by 50 bhp and 100 Nm of torque. The new 2014 Panamera Diesel Facelift is capable of accelerating to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds and it can reach a top speed of 259 km/h or 161 mph.
Even with the increase in power, the fuel consumption stays low at 6.4 litres/100 km, and has CO2 emissions of 169 per km. It has a starting price of EUR 85,300 including VAT in Germany. The new Panamera Diesel will be offered starting in January 2014.
With its advanced yet distinctive exterior design, the new Panamera is quite easy to recognize. The front end features tighter line work that is more prominent on the larger air intakes and on the transition to the headlights.
When viewed from the sides, the next generation of the Panamera exposes an extended silhouette thanks to its more swept-back windscreen. This tight linework is more apparent on the Executive models of the new Panamera. The windows feature new proportions, thanks to the fact that rear doors are now longer by 15 cm.
Meanwhile, the rear end of the new Panamera is defined by its new boot lid as well as wider windscreen that help highlight its horizontal aspects and its sporty nature. This design helps make the Panamera appear lower on the road, an appearance further boosted by a license plate bracket integrated lower in the bumper. Porsche also redesigned the rear body of the Panamera by providing it with a wider spoiler as well as a tighter transition to the rear lamps.
Just like their predecessors, new Panamera models have a number of exterior elements that distinguish one model from the other. These exterior elements include: the color contrast of the brake calipers, the differently shaped front-end components; and model-specific tailpipes. Porsche is also offering a number of optional features like the new LED headlights that come with the intelligent Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus).