More power, more torque and lower emissions from reworked diesel V6 Porsche Panamera
10 September 2013

This is the facelifted Porsche Panamera diesel seen for the first time at the Frankfurt motor show today.

The most significant news is the adoption of a more powerful version of the Audi-sourced 3.0-litre V6 common rail diesel engine. It develops an added 49bhp, lifting the Panamera diesel’s reserves to 296bhp at 4000rpm. Torque is also up, swelling by 74lb from an earlier 405lb ft to 479lb ft on relatively narrow band of revs between 1750 and 2500rpm.

The lift in power and torque is combined with revisions to the rear-wheel drive Panamera diesel’s ZF sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox and the addition of Porsche’s torque vectoring system, which acts as an electronic differential lock for added traction, as standard equipment.

Porsche's changes to the driveline help bring about a 0.8sec reduction in the 0-62mph time, at 6.0sec, while top speed extends by 9mph to 161mph.

The plush four-door saloon also receives the same subtle exterior and interior styling changes as other variants of the four-year-old Panamera and is due to go on sale in the UK this autumn. Towing capacity is up by 100kg at 2600kg.

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Despite the added performance and towing potential, Porsche claims a 0.6mph improvement in combined cycle economy at 44.1mpg along with a 3g/km improvement in CO2 emissions at 169g/km.

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2 September 2013

I'm not really a Porsche fan, but I don't understand why people criticise the Panamera so much, I think it is a really good looking car, especially since the recent facelift.

IAD

2 September 2013

Speechless

2 September 2013

An economical car for the better off?,as if!

Peter Cavellini.

2 September 2013

I'm not sure I've ever actually seen a Panamera on the roads, which is a huge relief. However, Porsche must be pretty desperate if they think that boosting the towing capacity is going to make it more popular... Or are they just trying to make the car look better in comparison to the ugly caravan it is towing...

2 September 2013

The front seems to have been lifted from the 911 and looks out of place on a luxury saloon. The rear looks weird and so does the car from most other sideways angles.
Yet I like something about it. Perhaps because its so rare here in the UK. Perhaps its the interior or may be I like saying Porsche or still perhaps a mix of all these.

2 September 2013

I've always liked the Panamera, especially the interior. And more power and lower emissions is never a bad thing. But I really do wish they would put that Audi V8 diesel in it from the Cayenne. That could be the perfect Panamera. Respectable economy and thumping performance Smile

Demonic Soul

2 September 2013

Panamera's are common in Bucharest & the car's dynamics is possibly unmatched in its class.

A stirling effort by Porsche

Malo Mori Quam Foedari

2 September 2013

Keep thinking of an Austin Maxi every time I see one of these.

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