In an interview with Germany’s Westfalen-Blatt, Porsche CEO Matthias Müller has confirmed the company will launch a diesel-powered Panamera in the second half of 2011. One of the key reasons behind this decision was the success of the Cayenne diesel that has been available since 2009.
Müller did not specify what engine will power the Panamer diesel, but it is quite obvious they will use the 236bhp 3.0 litre TDI with 406 lb-ft of torque found in the Cayenne diesel. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission it is expected to take the Panamera from 0-60 mph in about seven seconds.
Current Panamera line-up is available with three petrol engines: 296bhp 3.6 litre V6, 395bhp 4.8 litre V8 and a 493bhp 4.8 litre twin turbo.
In addition, Porsche will introduce a Panamera S Hybrid next year with the same hybrid technology that is already available in the new Cayenne S Hybrid.