Published September 12, 2012
By Philippe Crowe
Porsche is launching in Europe a turbocharged V8 diesel-powered version of its Cayenne SUV.
The new Porsche Cayenne S Diesel features a 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine developing 381 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque, providing the most pulling power of any Cayenne currently on sale.
The new addition to the range can sprint from 0-62 mph in 5.7 seconds, and go on to a top speed of 157 mph. This is balanced by fuel consumption of 34.0 mpg on the NEDC and emissions of 218 g/km CO2.
Aiding efficiency and comfort is the auto start/stop function; the Cayenne S Diesel is the world’s first V8 diesel SUV to offer this feature.
The Cayenne S Diesel has been developed to deliver a characteristic Porsche driving experience, with dynamic performance and sound reminiscent of a sports car. In particular, the smooth-running properties and resonant vocal quality of the eight-cylinder engine attain a level comparable to that expected from a Porsche V8.
The very special character of the Cayenne S Diesel is further underlined by the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive. This system delivers the dynamic qualities of a rear-wheel drive car, together with its inherent benefits in terms of handling and precision. Torque is directed to the front wheels precisely according to the driving situation to improve stability and traction. The optional Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) further hones this dynamic performance.
The new Cayenne S Diesel takes on the role of a long-distance champion with aplomb. Based on its fuel consumption and its 100-liter fuel tank (26.41 U.S. gallon), the car can be potentially driven for over 745 miles without having to stop to refuel.
Externally, the new model displays the typical visual features of the eight-cylinder gas-powered Cayenne S. The brake system, for example, has been optimized to handle the car’s power output, and it is identified by its silver brake calipers. The black front intake grilles emphasize the open air inlets. The ‘diesel’ badges on the front wings hint at the engine under the hood, and the model badge at the rear identifies it as a Cayenne S.
This powerful version will not make the trip to North America, but the regular diesel version is now available in North American dealerships.