Porsche Panamera Diesel launched in India, Kapil Dev receives the first

Monday 22 October 2012, 12:05 PM by

The Indian arm of Porsche, the German automobile marque, presents the world renowned Indian Cricket legend Kapil Dev with the diesel Panamera four-door saloon, which also marks first delivery of the luxury sports car in the country.

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Porsche Panamera Diesel launched in India, Kapil Dev receives the first

Anil Reddy, Director, Porsche India who launched the brand in April 2012, handed over the keys of a brand new Panamera Diesel to the Indian Cricket exponent in New Delhi on October 19, 2012. The freshly introduced Porsche Panamera boasts off a 3.0 litre V6 diesel powerplant under its hood and the company aspires to lure the customers with state-of-the-art styling, world class features and impressive sporty look of its new car in the luxury car segment. The German player has tagged the Panamera saloon with a base retail value of just over Rs. 1 crore (price in ex-showrooms of New Delhi).

Expressing his views on the launch of Porsche Panamera in the country, Anil Reddy said, “The Panamera Diesel sets a benchmark in driving dynamics and comfort. The four-door vehicle is a genuine Porsche through and through paired with excellent efficiency. We are excited that Kapil Dev is the first owner of the Panamera Diesel in India and I am sure he will be thrilled by the new Porsche experience.”

The Porsche Panamera Diesel offers a great option towards purchasing an economical GT saloon and features an impressive range that exceeds 1,200 kilometres. The long-range cruiser delivers an exemplary fuel efficiency and beastly pulling power as it combines most of the snazzy attributes of the Porsche's Gran Turismo lineage. The four-door saloon presents the best example of 'Porsche Intelligent Performance', which reflects from each and every aspect of the Panamera Diesel.

The Porsche Panamera Diesel comes assimilated with a 3.0 litre V6, six cylinder powertrain under its hood, which churns out a peak power of 250 bhp and a mammoth torque delivery of 550 Nm. A number of state-of-the-art technologies have been featured in the drivetrain of new car, such as Auto Start/Stop function, Common Rail Direct Injection (CRDI), electrically controlled variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), besides the emission control in the car is secured by restricted recirculation of the exhaust gases. The engine assembly comes mated to an extremely efficient and cutting-edge eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission system, which ensures an in-gear acceleration from 80 kmph to 120 kmph in just 4.5 seconds. Further, the mean machine Porsche Panamera Diesel races to the 100 kmph mark in just 6.8 seconds from standstill.

Considering the comfort and driving dynamics, the Panamera four-door saloon ticks all the boxes as a genuine Porsche Gran Turismo and comes fitted with steel springs as a standard option. Additionally, the German engineered car also features an adaptive air suspension with additional air volume and the fawned upon Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) adaptive damper control as an available option. Thus, the Porsche Panamera underlines its authority as a vehicle with both premium luxury features and superb sporty driving dynamics.

Porsche has developed the Panamera Diesel saloon as an out-and-out premium luxury four-seater that does not compromise on the comfort and convenience of both driver and inhabitants of the car. The latest offering from the German automotive firm is 4.97 metre long and sits at a height of just 142 centimetre, which entails it to set a benchmark in the segment, in terms of spacing heaved on all the four seats.

Addressing the media and expressing his delight on being a presented with the Porsche Panamera Diesel saloon, Kapil Dev said, “I am thrilled to take delivery of my Porsche Panamera and can’t wait to get behind the wheel. This car has a unique personality combining sportiness, luxury and efficiency in one. I am sure it will be an absolute joy to drive on a daily basis.”

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