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|First Drive: 2012 Porsche Panamera Diesel|
|While America's base Panamera model continues to be the 300-horsepower V-6, European buyers now have a choice in the form of the 2012 Porsche Panamera diesel. Powered by a 250-hp diesel V-6 mated to an eight-speed automatic, it costs exactly the same as the gas V-6 and seven-speed twin-clutch PDK. Yet in official Euro tests, it uses only two-thirds the fuel with roughly the same performance.|
No surprise then that Porsche expects the diesel to dominate sub-V-8 Panamera sales in Europe. The V-6 gas engine and even the vastly more expensive but barely more economical hybrid will likely lag far behind in the model mix.
So Porsche believes the diesel will be a big seller, but the engines's power...