Porsche introduces the 2014 Panamera Diesel Facelift

Article by Christian A., on September 2, 2013

Porsche unveiled today the 2014 Panamera Diesel Facelift and announced that it will bring its new model next week at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). As expected, the 2014 Panamera Diesel Facelift is powered by the same 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine but according to Porsche, the engine was redesigned in order to deliver more power.

Some of the moving parts, such as the crankshaft drive and pistons, were completely redesigned and the new V6 now has a water-cooled turbocharger for the first time. The new turbine provides a greater air flow as well as a higher boost pressure of 3 bar (formerly 2.5 bar). As a result, the 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine delivers 300 bhp (221 kW) @ 4000 rpm and 650 Nm of torque between 1750 rpm and 2500 rpm.

Comparing it with the outgoing model, the power of the engine was increased by 50 bhp and 100 Nm of torque. The new 2014 Panamera Diesel Facelift hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 259 km/h or 161 mph.

Despite the power increase, the fuel consumption remains low at 6.4 litres/100 km, which is equivalent to 169 CO2/km. Pricing starts at EUR 85,300 including VAT in Germany and the new Panamera Diesel will be available on the market from January 2014.

Previous Panamera models have always been distinguished from each other through the characteristics of the exterior. The color contrast of the brake calipers for example is dependent on what engine is fitted inside. However, the most significant identifying qualities are the front-end elements and their different shapes plus the rear and their model-specific tailpipes.

Even with this, the company is relentless in offering different customization options like putting in those new LED headlights and this results in the Gran Turismo having the special look. Looked at from the rear, the defining feature is the new boot lid. By widening the windscreen in the rear, it helps put focus on the horizontal aspects of this model which implies its athletic quality.

Because of this, it allows the new Panamera to have a look of being closer to the road. Strengthening this appearance further is the license plate bracket that has been integrated in a lower position on the bumper. The body of the rear section was revised as well. Its spoiler is now wider with the transition to the lights in the rear made tighter.

This visual transition is the same as the headlights on the front section. Even with a quick look, it is clear that the exterior design has been advanced. That the front section has linework that is more pronounced and tighter is made evident by the larger air intakes and that unique transition to the vehicle’s headlights.

On the side profile, the windscreen is not only new but made more swept-back. This results in a silhouette that is even more extended. With the Executive models, this same linework has become even tighter and that much more elegant. By increasing the length of the rear doors by 15 cm, it allows the windows to have new proportions.

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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 the 2013 International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. 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 Porsche 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 Porsche 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 Porsche 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 Porsche 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.

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