Porsche GB has released details of the Panamera Diesel ahead of its introduction in August. The oil burner in question is a VW Group 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel tuned by Porsche, and the headline figure is a driving range of over 745 miles (1,192 km) on one 80-litre tank of diesel.

How far is that? Well, if you take the PLUS North South Highway from JB to Bukit Kayu Hitam, continuing on north past Hatyai on to Phuket, you’d have clocked 1,260 km when you reach Sarasin Bridge, the short bridge linking Phuket Island to mainland Thailand. All with tank of diesel!

The V6 (with variable geometry turbo, exhaust gas recirculation and stop/start) makes 250 hp and 550 Nm of torque, the latter available from 1,750 rpm to 2,750 rpm. This gives the big Porsche a 0-100 km/h time of 6.8 seconds and a top speed of 240 km/h. The car is only available with rear-wheel drive and an 8-speed Tiptronic S auto ‘box.

Combined fuel economy is rated at 14.4 km/l, rising to 15.9 km/l with optional lower rolling resistance tyres. Also on the options list is adaptive air suspension to make those 1,200 kliometres float by.

This variant can be recognised by the ‘diesel’ lettering on the front doors.