There are a number of diesel and petrol engines, all of which drive through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Our pick of the range is the 3.0 V6 Diesel, which offers good real-world pace, so it lives up to the promise of the Porsche badge despite being the entry-level diesel. The Diesel S gets a storming 4.2 V8, which is great fun and properly exhilarating, and would be our choice over any of the petrols. It’s well worth considering if you want more pace than the base diesel offers.
Even the entry-level petrol has a 296bhp 3.6-litre V6, while the S has a turbocharged version of the engine that produces 414bhp; we’ve only driven the latter, which is really rapid and very smooth-revving. There’s also a faster GTS that gets 434bhp from the 3.6, but is more about handling than straightline pace, while the rabid V8 Turbo and Turbo S both offer sports car-embarrassing straight-line potential.
Finally, there’s the S E-Hybrid model, which combines a supercharged 3.0-litre petrol engine with an electric motor and offers strong acceleration, albeit with less smooth responses than the conventional models.