Potent turbo diesels will join the hybrid in Porsche Panamera lineup, which starts at USD127,000.

We are just over a year away from the official appearance of Porsche’s production saloon coupe, a car aimed at unsettling the Mercedes-Benz CLS as well as Audi and BMW’s upcoming four-door coupes. Assembly lines in Leipzig are already being tooled to ready themselves for the Panamera, while engines are being finalised. Audi may likely share this line with Porsche for its A7 saloon coupe too. The car will start at USD127,000 for the V6 model and the V8 turbo will start at USD198,000. Porsche is also pushing extremely hard to get a hybrid system, and also the double-clutch system it’s been working on, into the Panamera so its carbon footprint is reduced to legislated EU levels by 2010.

From what we know, the 4.8-litre V8 will remain as well as get a boost for the twin-turbo of well over 500 bhp. Three diesels are likely too; a smaller plus-3.0-litre, the Audi-sourced 4.2 V8 TDI as well as the V12 TDI. While these may not make it to the US, the hybrid most definitely will.

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