Official: Porsche Panamera gets new diesel in time for Frankfurt

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Porsche Panamera Diesel

Diesel may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Porsche, but in the European market – that vital one which Porsche calls home – diesels are indispensable. Particularly when you’re trying to extend beyond niche sports cars and into the mainstream luxury sedan market as Zuffenhausen has with the Panamera. In fact, diesels account for 15 percent of Panamera sales worldwide (even though they’re not offered Stateside), so to keep oil-burning customers happy, Porsche has announced a series of upgrades.

Set to be unveiled in the flesh at the fast-approaching Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Panamera Diesel packs 300 horsepower. That’s 50 hp (or 20 percent) more than the model it replaces, significantly dropping the 0-62 sprint from 6.8 seconds to 6 flat, and raising top speed from 152 miles per Autobahn-crunching hour to 161. While they were at it, Porsche’s engineers also fitted the rear differential with torque vectoring (previously reserved for gasoline-burning models) and retuned the transmission and suspension.

You can delve into the press release below for all the details – including the new model’s improved towing capacity! – but the reality, for better or worse, is that the Panamera Diesel isn’t offered here. So if you’ve been celebrating Labor Day (or even Labour Day, for our friends to the north) like we have, don’t go looking for it at your local dealer, who will have only a Cayenne Diesel to show you instead.

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Official: Porsche Panamera gets new diesel in time for Frankfurt

Filed under: Frankfurt Motor Show, Sedan, Europe, Porsche, Diesel

Porsche Panamera Diesel

Diesel may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Porsche, but in the European market – that vital one which Porsche calls home – diesels are indispensable. Particularly when you’re trying to extend beyond niche sports cars and into the mainstream luxury sedan market as Zuffenhausen has with the Panamera. In fact, diesels account for 15 percent of Panamera sales worldwide (even though they’re not offered Stateside), so to keep oil-burning customers happy, Porsche has announced a series of upgrades.

Set to be unveiled in the flesh at the fast-approaching Frankfurt Motor Show, the new Panamera Diesel packs 300 horsepower. That’s 50 hp (or 20 percent) more than the model it replaces, significantly dropping the 0-62 sprint from 6.8 seconds to 6 flat, and raising top speed from 152 miles per Autobahn-crunching hour to 161. While they were at it, Porsche’s engineers also fitted the rear differential with torque vectoring (previously reserved for gasoline-burning models) and retuned the transmission and suspension.

You can delve into the press release below for all the details – including the new model’s improved towing capacity! – but the reality, for better or worse, is that the Panamera Diesel isn’t offered here. So if you’ve been celebrating Labor Day (or even Labour Day, for our friends to the north) like we have, don’t go looking for it at your local dealer, who will have only a Cayenne Diesel to show you instead.

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Quick Spin: 2014 Porsche Panamera 4S Executive

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2014 Porsche Panamera Executive

If the idea of a Porsche sedan (or, long hatchback) is still off-putting to you, then you might want to look away now. For 2014, the polarizing Panamera has received a midcycle refresh bringing slightly different styling, as well as adding two new models to the lineup, the S E-Hybrid and the stretched-wheelbase Executive. Having focused most of my recent trip to Germany on a First Drive of the intriguing plug-in Panamera, I also got to spend some time with the roomier Executive model.

Offered in both 4S and Turbo guise, the Panamera Executive has been stretched by almost six inches for the sole purpose of improving rear passenger space. Although it’s hard to imagine anyone would willingly buy a Porsche and opt to sit in the back seat, I’d have to say that if I’m going to be chauffeured around in a car, why not make it a Porsche? For the most part, though, I’m guessing that many Panamera Executive sedans will be owned by people who want to one-up their buddy driving a stretched BMW 7 Series or Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Driving Notes:

  • Regardless of who is going to buy this car, it’s hard to argue with the amount of space and luxury afforded to rear-seat occupants on the Executive models. Whatever time I wasn’t behind the wheel, I spent sitting in the rear seat. Not that the standard Panamera rear seat is cramped, but there is plenty of room to stretch out in the Executive. Porsche has yet to release official figures for rear legroom or total passenger volume to give exact comparisons, but suffice it to say that the extra room in the Executive is noticeable. Both rear buckets recline and offer adjustable lumbar support, but the right side is the place to be since the front passenger seat can be controlled from the rear, and moved out of the way.
  • For optimal comfort, each rear seat has its own climate control zone (with individual controls for left and right passengers) and all four seats are heated and ventilated. A pair of small vanity mirrors were also added into the rear headliner as a finishing touch.
  • Porsche made plenty of styling changes to the Panamera for 2014, and while most are relatively minor, there’s no missing the six-inch wheelbase stretch. A lot of the car’s finer details look to have been inspired by the 2012 Sport Turismo Concept, but it all looks good, and the wheelbase stretch doesn’t look awkward. At the right angles, it’s even a little challenging to tell the Executive models apart from a standard-length Panamera.
  • The front quarters of the 2014 Panamera’s cabin have changed little. This means that the absurd amount of buttons and switches carry over from last year. However, the addition of some new technologies do make living with this stretched car a bit easier. The new Surround View option, for instance, gives a bird’s-eye view of the car when backing up but can also be changed using the touch screen to give six different views of the car using seven exterior cameras.
  • While the styling changes and the new models have grabbed most of the headlines, I was looking forward to driving the new 4S Executive more for its new engine. Replacing the previous 4.8-liter V8, S and 4S models are now powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 putting out 420 horsepower and 384 pound-feet of torque – that’s 20 more hp and 25 more lb-ft than the outgoing engine.
  • If I had to describe this new engine in a single word, it would be “strong.” I’ve never had a problem with the Panamera’s acceleration, but this new 4S Executive model, which packs on an extra 300 pounds over the non-stretched 4S, is still impressively quick. Porsche specs a 0-60 time of just 4.5 seconds for the Executive equipped with the Sport Chrono option. For comparison’s sake, the Panamera 4S Executive is less powerful and 400 pounds lighter than a comparable BMW 750Li xDrive, but it can hit 60 mph a tick faster and should get better fuel economy, too – although final 2014 estimates have not been released yet.
  • Thanks to the standard adaptive air suspension, the Panamera managed to offer a sporty ride that handled the twist roads of the Bavarian Alps quite well, while still offering a smooth, comfortable experience when desired. Top speed is listed at 177 miles per hour, and I almost made it there as I blasted down the Autobahn at 175 mph (my new personal land-speed record, by the way).
  • Opting for the extra rear space will cost you, literally, as the 4S Executive’s starting price of $125,600 is a $27,000 premium over the standard-length 4S, which means that you’re paying $4,500 per added inch! While an exact as-tested price wasn’t available, I calculated using the consumer website that this car would retail for $133,780 as equipped. The Turbo Executive is almost $20,000 more than the Panamera Turbo with a base price of $161,100. That makes it the most expensive Panamera in the model lineup, and the second-most expensive model in Porsche’s whole 2014 lineup. Still, it could be worth the money for that extra 100 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque.
  • We can all thank car buyers in China (with a penchant for long wheelbases) for the existence of the Panamera Executive, but credit definitely goes to Porsche for making this car as fun as it is. There are no lack of long-wheelbase alternatives on the market, but there’s just something a little more exciting about driving a car that already looks like a stretched 911. I mean if you’re going to schlep friends and family around town or punch the clock chauffeuring wealthy business people, why not do it in a Porsche, right?

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Porsche unwraps 911 GT3 RS 4.0 and Panamera Hybrid configurators

2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0

Porsche has updated its site with configurators for the 2011 Panamera S Hybrid and the 2011 911 GT3 RS 4.0. That means you don’t have to leave the comfort of your chalet to make your next rear-engined track star or EV-assisted four-door autobahn shuttle.

Key options for the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 include Porsche’s carbon ceramic brakes, a front axle lifting system so you don’t scrape the splitter on speed bumps, lightweight headlamps and a lithium-ion battery that saves a few pounds over the standard unit. You can also delete the air conditioner and stereo in the interest of speed.

The Panamera gets the usual panorama of luxury appointments and go bits, too. Carbon ceramic brakes are an option as well, and, just like the 911, they cost north of $8,000. While the capillary-popping force the special clampers offer can be useful, we suspect most Panamera buyers would prefer to direct their Benjamins elsewhere.

The Panamera can be dolled up in any number of ways, with an interior option list that would embarrass Ikea. Ours would have to have the $1,000 Bose sound system, though we could live without the $5,000 Porsche Exclusive 25 Year package, which adds custom floor mats, body-color trim accents and embroidered logos to the Panamera’s living quarters.

You can play with both configurators now on Porsche’s website.

Porsche unwraps 911 GT3 RS 4.0 and Panamera Hybrid configurators originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 08 May 2011 09:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Porsche launches Panamera Diesel with 745-mile range just for Europe

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Porsche Panamera Diesel

Porsche Panamera Diesel – Click above for high-res image gallery

A diesel sedan from… Porsche? What has the world come to? Following in the wake of the diesel Cayenne, Stuttgart’s finest is meeting demand in Europe – where an oil-burning offering is a must – with a diesel Panamera.

The four-door gets a Porsche-tuned version of Volkswagen’s 3.0-liter common-rail turbo-diesel (packing variable-vane turbochargers just like the 911 Turbo), here producing 247 horsepower but a far more prodigious 406 lb-ft of torque – similar to the Cayenne diesel’s output, but tuned for delivery over a wider band.

Mated to an eight-speed automatic with stop-start capability, that’s enough to drive this latest Panamera variant to 62 miles per hour in 6.8 seconds. Which isn’t bad for a diesel, but what Porsche is emphasizing is the car’s range of 745 miles from a full tank of fuel. That’s enough juice to drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco and back, blissfully whizzing by every gas station along the way.

This isn’t something Porsche drivers here in North America would be accustomed to, but that’s just as well, as the Panamera Diesel isn’t likely to land on these shores anytime soon. For a closer look, scope out the press release after the jump and click through our high-res image gallery below.

Gallery: Porsche Panamera Diesel

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Motor Trend gets dirty with the Cadillac CTS-V Sportwagon, Porsche Panamera Turbo and BMW X6 M

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2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sportwagon in the desert

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sportwagon in the desert – Click above to watch video after the jump

True to its word, Motor Trend has released a follow-up video to its three-way drag race between the Cadillac CTS-V Sportwagon, the Porsche Panamera Turbo and the BMW X6 M, though this isn’t exactly your run-of-the-mill comparison test. Given the quirkiness of the vehicles at hand, MT took all three vehicles out to a dry lake bed for a little fun in the sun. If you like watching high-dollar, high-horsepower cars get down and dirty, you’ll want to check out the video after the jump.

It’s hosted by none other than our pal Jonny Lieberman, and he’s even wearing proper footwear this time around. So, which of these automotive oddities came out on top? You’ll have to check out the video to see for yourself.

[Source: Motor Trend via YouTube]

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Porsche officially unveils the Panamera Turbo S ahead of New York debut

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Porsche Panamera Turbo S

Porsche Panamera Turbo S – Click above for high-res image gallery

We reported yesterday that a Panamera Turbo S could be in the works with an official debut coming at the New York Auto Show in April. We didn’t have to wait long to find out, as Porsche has released the first details about its new flagship four-door.

As expected, the Turbo S gets a power increase up to 550 horsepower, 50 more than the standard Turbo model, thanks to new twin turbochargers with enhanced turbines and modified engine programming. Torque is also up, 553 lb-ft compared to 516 lb-ft. Porsche says that the Panamera Turbo S is capable of reaching 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds as well as a top speed of 190 mph, all while returning an estimated 15/23 mpg. The car will reach showrooms later this Spring, with pricing in the U.S. starting at $173,200. You can read full details about the Porsche Panamera Turbo S in the official press release after the jump.

Gallery: Porsche Panamera Turbo S

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[Source: Porsche]

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Rumormill: Porsche Panamera Turbo S in the works?

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2010 Porsche Panamera Turbo

Porsche Panamera Turbo – Click above for high-res image gallery

Porsche is reportedly working on a new range-topping Turbo S version of its four-door Panamera. Much like the Turbo S versions of the 911 and Cayenne, this would likely mean a bump in power is in order, as well as tweaked design elements and some additional standard equipment.

Autoblog.it reports that the Panamera Turbo S is expected to produce around 550 horsepower – 50 hp more than the ‘base’ Turbo. Torque output is also pegged to increase from 516 pound-feet (or 568 lb-ft with the Sport Chrono Turbo pack) to around 590 lb-ft. Thus, the Panamera Turbo S should sprint to 62 miles per hour in around 3.8 seconds.

Rumors suggest that Porsche could debut its Panamera Turbo S as early as April at either the New York Auto Show or the Shanghai Motor Show. Based on the price premium the 911 Turbo S commands over the 911 Turbo, we expect the mooted Panamera Turbo S to be priced somewhere around the $160,000 mark.

Gallery: First Drive: 2010 Porsche Panamera

Photos copyright (C)2011 Michael Harley / AOL

[Source: Autoblog.it (translated)]

Rumormill: Porsche Panamera Turbo S in the works? originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:01:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Porsche sets the pace in ALMS with Panamera, Cayenne support vehicles

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Porsche Panamera Turbo ALMS safety car

Porsche Panamera Turbo ALMS safety car – Click above for high-res image gallery

At any of the myriad Le Mans series races around the world, you’re guaranteed to see more than a proportional sampling of Porsches. Those are usually one manner of 911 GT3 or another; less so Panameras and Cayennes, but the latest additions to the American Le Mans Series paddock are exactly those.

The Porsche Panamera Turbo has been selected as the official safety car for ALMS, outfitting a stock model with a dome light and special paint scheme. It’s joined in its duties by a set of Cayennes that will act as medics’ emergency response vehicles, a task to which the Porsche SUV is already perfectly accustomed. See for yourself in our high-res image gallery below.

Gallery: Porsche ALMS support vehicles

[Source: Porsche via World Car Fans]

Porsche sets the pace in ALMS with Panamera, Cayenne support vehicles originally appeared on Autoblog on Sun, 27 Mar 2011 11:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Profit Proliferation: Porsche riding high on Cayenne, Panamera sales

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2011 Porsche Panamera

Porsche Panamera – Click above for high-res image gallery

Porsche tripled its profits in 2010, thanks largely to profits from the Cayenne and Panamera. The Stuttgart-based automaker reported $960 million in profits before taxes and interest in 2010, up from $227 million the year before.

More impressive is the fact that those numbers represent a shortened fiscal year in 2010, meaning these things are moving like the proverbial hot cakes. Porsche’s five-month revenue total increased 59 per cent to 3.87 billion Euros.

Porsche is hoping to expand its global sales to 200,000 by 2018, or roughly double the number of dreamboats it moves now. With sales climbing this quickly, that goal doesn’t seem too far off.

Gallery: First Drive: 2010 Porsche Panamera

All Photos Copyright (C)2011 Michael Harley/AOL

[Source: BusinessWeek]

Profit Proliferation: Porsche riding high on Cayenne, Panamera sales originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 17 Mar 2011 17:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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