Porsche has announced that the 2011 Panamera model in the U.S. will now be available with a V6 engine. Currently, the Panamera in the United States only comes with a V8.

The new direct-injection V6 is a 3.6 liter, 90-degree engine with 300 PS (221 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque. It will also be made available in the all-wheel drive Panamera 4 variant. 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) on the standard model will be 6.0 seconds. It's a little quicker with the all-wheel drive at 5.8 seconds. Customer's can shave an additonal 0.2 seconds off those times by including the Sport Chrono Package Plus option.

The V6 Panamera returns a 18 mpg city/27 highway (13/8.7 liters / 100 km) fuel economy rating.

Starting prices for the Panamera and Panamera 4 models with the new V6 engine are, respectively, $74,400 and $78,900, not including delivery charges.

Porsche has sold over 4,000 units of the Panamera model in the United States since its introduction last October.

The 2011 Porsche Panamera goes on sale this month in the U.S.

Gallery: Porsche Panamera with V6 to hit U.S. dealerships

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