Oil­ers ain’t oil­ers

Hear the purists howl — this Porsche runs on diesel

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige - BruceM­cMa­hon

PORSCHE, once a maker of trac­tors, has long scoffed at the idea of burn­ing oil in its sports ma­chines. Diesel fuel just wouldn’t suit the Porsche char­ac­ter, said the bosses.

But then the Cayenne SUV opened the door a tad when a 3.0-litre tur­bocharged V6 diesel joined the range. And the mar­ket now de­mands diesel sedan vari­ants, even among pre­mium mar­ques.

So here comes a Panam­era diesel, claimed to use just 6.5L/100km— be­low the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment’s green tar­get of 7L. That means a re­duc­tion in the Lux­ury Car Tax and a $5300 ben­e­fit’’ to the cus­tomer.

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The first de­liv­er­ies are ex­pected in Septem­ber, at $194,900.

The twin turbo 3.0-litre pro­duces 184kW and 550Nm, com­bin­ing with an eight-speed Tip­tronic trans­mis­sion to push the diesel to a re­spectable 0 to 100km/h time of 6.8 sec­onds on to a top speed of 242km/h.

For long-dis­tance tour­ing, A full tank could take the diesel be­yond 1200km.

at a glance Porsche Panam­era Diesel own­er­ship PRICE $194,000

RE­SALE 60 per cent (est)

WAR­RANTY 3 years/un­lim­ited

SERVICEINTERVAL 20,000km or 2 years SAFETY 8airbags, ABS, EBD etc

CRASHRATING Untested

tech­ni­cal EN­GINE 3.0-litreV6­tur­bod­iesel, 184kW/550Nm

TRANS­MIS­SION Eight-speed au­to­matic BODY Five-door, four-seater

DI­MEN­SIONS 4970mm(L); 1931mm(W); 1418mm(H); 1760kg (weight)

THIRST 9.8L/100km, 213g/km CO

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