The German luxury sedan takes the title of fastest production car with a diesel engine on sale, as the company is now getting ready to start producing the second generation model.
The last Panamera of the first generation was produced late last month in GTS form, and while the company highlighted in the last batch of promo footage the 4S version in Sapphire Blue Metallic and in Mahogany Metallic, we now get to experience the diesel version in Carrara White Metallic. Once again, it seems Porsche has successfully ironed out the design problems of the first generation and this is also the first time the model gets out and about as an all-wheel-drive diesel. More options means more diversity and the 4S Diesel has more grunt than arguably needed.
This is thanks to the 4.0-liter V8 bi-turbodiesel unit packing 422 horsepower (310 kilowatts) between 3,500 – 5,000 rpm and a meaty 628 pound-feet (850 Newton-meters) or torque from as low as 1,000 rpm. The power is sent to all wheels using Porsche’s eight-speed PDK transmission to quickly put the Panamera 4S Diesel at 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.5 seconds, on its way to the impressive maximum speed of 177 mph (285 km/h). This is all more impressive when seeing the 4S Diesel tipping the scales at a huge 2,050 kilograms (4,519 pounds). And Porsche says the Panamera 4S Diesel is now the fastest diesel production car in the world. But you’ll have to shell out €116,954 if you live in Germany – when deliveries start in November.