Porsche Panamera diesel-powered version will be available by mid 2011

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Porsche is planning to kick off a diesel-powered Panamera version in the second quarter of 2011. According to the Porshe’s new CEO Matthias Muller, the success of the Cayenne diesel is one of the main reasons to propel the Panamera diesel version ahead.

What we can expect from the new diesel-powered Porshed Panamera is that it will likely be using the 3.0L TDI diesel unit producing 236 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. That is mighty torque just in case you need to haul around a portable storage trailer. The diesel engine will also be matched to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Porsche is also developing a plug-in hybrid Panamera version as well for those who choose to go green in style. Porsche claims that the plug-in hybrid version will be able to provide about a 30% reduction in fuel consumption. The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid will enter the market by next year.

For comparison purposes, the current Porshe Panamera base model comes with a 3.6L V6 engine making 300-hp and a peak torque of 295 lb-ft. Prices start at $74,400 and $78,900 for the V6 Panamera 4. Move up to the Porshe Panamera 4S, it is powered by V8 engine producing 400 horsepower and costs at about $89,800. Zero to 60 mph time in this unit is about 5.2 seconds with a top speed of around 175 mph. Up another level is the Porshe Panamera 4S version priced at about $93,800 and using the same 400-hp V8 engine, but comes with more luxury anemities. Then there is the top-of-the-line model of the Porshe Panamera Turbo with a price tag of $132,600. This turbo V8 engine is able to churn out 500 horsepower and 568 lb-ft of torque at 6000 rpm and 3000 rpm, respectively. This allows the Porshe Panamera Turbo to sprint from 0-60 mph in a blistering time of 3.3 seconds with a top speed of 188 mph. All and all, the Porsche Panamera Turbo is more like the 911 Turbo than a luxury sedan. But hey, that is not a bad thing either.