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New Porsche Panamera Diesel

What is wrong with the Porsche Panamera?

By Stephen Turvil
Sep 02, 2011
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What is wrong with the Porsche Panamera? Not much to be honest, assuming that you own an oil refinery. The least efficient version of this four-door saloon averages a wallet-wrecking 24.6mpg. At that rate you might be bankrupt by the time you reach the end of your driveway. But hold on... Porsche has a few tricks up its sleeve to minimise the financial pain. Ladies and gentleman, please welcome the new Porsche Panamera Diesel.

Now, you may have just collapsed in horror at the prospect of embracing this machine. Diesel? Panamera? Surely not? The reality is that modern diesels are a far cry from the smoky polluters from the past. They can be extremely refined, smooth, powerful, and – of course – highly fuel efficient. In fact, many people struggle to distinguish diesel and petrol engines in everyday use - except of course when they save a small fortune at the pump.

On this basis, the new Porsche Panamera Diesel is a welcome addition to this capable fleet. Its 3.0-litre V6 engine averages 43.4mpg and is even more efficient on the extra- urban cycle. Pretty impressive for a large performance car with eight-speed automatic transmission. Despite its frugality this rear-wheel-drive beast is super-speedy. The race to 62mph only takes 6.8 seconds and it is capable of 150mph. Speed and fuel frugality in one highly fashionable package – no surprise this thing costs an alarming £62,000. Ouch!

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By Stephen Turvil
Sep 02, 2011