Porsche Panamera 3.0 Diesel (2013) | CARkeys

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Porsche Panamera

3.0 Diesel

Details correct at publication

It’s a strange experience for brought up on a traditional diet of road cars . Sitting in the version of the Panamera you have doors giving access to and comfortable front and back There’s a reasonably sized area and it’s at the back there’s an engine under the at the front, and on this occasion, a diesel engine at that.

a long way and more than years from my first in a 911, ducking and weaving Dartmoor in a rear-engined, 2+2-seat, Carrera. But it’s an exciting

Of course we’ve had the Panamera 2009 so the concept of a four-door coupé is no longer such an but the car has proved to be more than an addition to the company’s range of It’s also turned out to be a test bed for new real-world technology.

For example, none of the street-fighter are sullied by oil-burning engines the one in this test car, but in the world of four-door motoring it can be in the court of public opinion causing outrage. The same be true of the plug-in hybrid-engined we also hope to test too long.

This diesel car is the second generation Panamera, the changes from the previous are a subtle evolution rather a violent revolution.

The engine is a three-litre V6 turbo milling 247bhp into the through the rear wheels. fed through an eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic gearbox that can do all the cog-work for you so seamlessly as to be almost or allow you to shuffle through the at your preferred pace paddles under the steering or short-shift nudges on the stick.

In to some Porsches, this may seem a bit underpowered, but the high gives it some deep-biting Look at the figures. It has a top speed of it will accelerate through in 6.4 seconds (almost identical to the 3.6-litre V6 petrol Panamera) and yet it turn up average fuel of around 34mpg.

It has a stop/start engine to save on and emissions, and the gearbox can disengage on to allow you to coast without the of engine-braking.

The Panamera Diesel is us rapidly down the road from established compromise.

the ongoing debate over its I personally think it’s marvellous. The front end is long, low and the big wheels dominate the lightly flanks, and the tail end is a combination of a corporate Porsche rump and bulges around the haunches. always been sleek, but the facelift has sharpened up its image a and there’s no doubt it’s now clearer than ever, all the of performance.

Bigger air intakes at the front, lights, more of a sweep on the windows and a new tailgate and back with a bigger area of make up the main changes. The rear spoiler’s a bit wider

Indoors there is genuinely space for four big blokes to in comfort without polishing knees or heads on the upholstery. the power-lift boot, there’s a big cargo hold, compromised by the steep rake of a back end more defined by and dedicated to than load-lugging capacity.

up the Panamera Diesel and heading out the road takes you into a new and world. That longer gives the car the GT feel. It’s a continent-crossing cruiser with straightline stability, pliability on all of road, and all the performance you need to and shrug yourself free of the mortals who are going about daily grind.

The list of techy stuff is on this car, but the choice of for the throttle response, steering and automatic gear shift are fun to pick and mix. Changing the of the adaptive air suspension (a £2379 also brings some and useful changes to the Panamera’s

The longer you play with a car this, the more it becomes why there are so many settings and to play with. It’s a multi-faceted, split-personality car which, aside its basic £62,000 tag (£81,000 with all the extras on one), could be a useful for everything from the everyday to the Big Adventure.

If I were choosing a car to drive to Italy and back, the Panamera would be close to the top of the list. economical enough to live it’s quick enough to eat up the at anyone’s speed limit and agile enough to make the roads a joy. It’s enough for a day’s hard at the wheel, it’s big enough to chums and make chums, tremendous fun to drive and it’s very, very cool to be in.

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