Perhaps the best known sports car brand in the world is Porsche. They’re also gaining cred in green technology with their 918 RSR Hybrid racer and rumors that they will expand their lineup of diesel cars to include the Panamera.
Porsche already sells a diesel version of its Cayenne SUV in Europe, where diesels are more popular. Indeed, Porsche used to make a lot of diesel tractors “back in the day.” The Cayenne diesel may come to the U.S., which is Porsche’s single biggest market, but it won’t come alone, as a Cayenne Hybrid is also slated to hit our shores soon. Porsche may also add a diesel (turbodiesel?) engine to the Panamera sport sedan to help it meet worldwide fuel efficiency standards. Porsche is already playing around with the idea of a hybrid Panamera, so why not a diesel? Automotive News says just such plans may be in the works.
Diesel engines make a lot of sense from the performance perspective, as they provide a ton of torque while still delivering respectable fuel economy. The 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel found in Europe’s diesel Cayenne makes 236 horsepower and a whopping 405 ft-lbs of torque and still manages to get about 25 mpg in a vehicle that weighs in around 6,000 pounds.
Indeed, diesel engines are an easy way to improve fuel efficiency, and yet Americans have been slow to give oil burners a second chance. The last major influx of diesel engines came in the early 1980’s, and those engines were loud, smelly, and in many cases unreliable (GM’s diesel-converted 350 engine comes to mind). These engines are a far cry from today’s powerful and efficiency diesel engines, and the market seems ripe for diesels to make a comeback. But would you want a diesel-powered Porsche?
Source: Automotive News
Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to Hemis. You can follow his slow descent into madness at Sublime Burnout.