Luxury SUV gets firm's first-ever diesel powerplant
20 November 2008

Porsche has released official details about the new Cayenne diesel, the first oil-burning car from the famous sports car manufacturer.

It’s powered by a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel powerplant, borrowed from stablemate brand Audi and will be going on sale in February next year. The 3.0 TDI engine offers 240bhp and returns a combined 30mpg in the Cayenne, according to Porsche’s official figures. That equates to CO2 emissions of 244g/km.

A Porsche statement said the decision to offer a diesel Cayenne was “taken in response to changed legal regulations, especially in European markets, resulting in tax incentives for vehicles with diesel engines… Porsche’s stake in the Volkswagen Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of modern diesel engines for passenger cars, has opened up new opportunities to utilise diesel technology.”

The statement also acknowledged that Porsche is working on a hybrid version of the Cayenne, which it claims will offer fuel consumption ‘in excess of 30mpg’. It’s all part of an effort to boost the Cayenne’s dwindling sales as the economic crisis takes hold.

The diesel model will be offered with the Tiptronic-S automatic gearbox as standard. It'll cost cost £40,250 when it reaches British showrooms in February 2009.

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20 November 2008

I suppose it had to happen if they wanted to retain any significant share of the 4x4 market in Europe ... but it is still a pig-ugly beast !

20 November 2008

I have defended Porsche for many years when people have mad comments about various cars they have produced not being "real" Porsche's.

This however, is not a Porsche. This is now merely a re-badged Toerag.

It's a sad day, no matter how "legislation" or "tax" driven it is.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

20 November 2008

Shock. Horror. Yawn.

20 November 2008

Cayenne => not a Porsche!!!

Cayenne Diesel => 00000000000000000000000000000000000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

20 November 2008

So much for: "We will never do a Diesel Porsche" How long before the Cayman/Boxster and dare I say it... 911 all go down the Diesel route?

The thing that annoys me is that Porsche could have tinkered with the engine and raised its power output - or even added another Turbo. Then they would have at least have been able to claim the engine was unique. Instead they took the cheap easy route - shame.

20 November 2008

[quote 38carssofar]it is still a pig-ugly beast ![/quote]

Don't you think Porsche has chosen a wrong way when it comes to producing its SUV? Instead of designing something as racy as Infiniti FX or as nimble and light (in SUV terms of course) as Mazda CX-7, it came up with a big, heavy and ugly monster. Now an underpowered middle-of-the-road diesel makes it even worse, where can you find any sign of porscheness in this Porsche. In comparison, a 924 or 914 seem to be full-fat Porsches!

20 November 2008

[quote Quattro369] Instead they took the cheap easy route - shame.[/quote]

The problem though is that it would have been neither cheap nor easy to put a third-party diesel engine in, hence a disappointing introduction. Fair comment though. I wonder if Porsche are leaving the way open for a more tuned version depending on take-up of this one???

If my wife finds out, she'll be ordering...see, it's not a real Porsche.

[quote JackB] Don't you think Porsche has chosen a wrong way when it comes to producing its SUV? [/quote]

I don't think they're exactly kicking themselves. For what it's worth, the Cayenne is both smaller and lighter than its closest rivals. The bigger, heavier and uglier (if possible) Q7 does OK with the engine.

21 November 2008

Rebadged Toerag indeed... Now that Porsche has "officially" taken control of VW, it's scarcely a surprise to see an Audi engine in the thing. I wonder if the V10 in the Carrera GT is in any way related to the equivalent Lamborghini unit?

Still a "Pig ugly beast" though, and for the same money, it would be possible to buy and insure two or three different types of vehicle that trump the Cayenne on most of it's "USPs", ie elderly Transit and/ or Defender and something for the weekend like a used Elise or Impreza.

Vehicular storage space issues, 2 or 3 x insurance bills or the inate desire to own a compromised "car" on the latest plate aside, why would anyone actually want to buy one?

Not a sports-car, not an off-roader or a particularly practical estate car, and certainly not very attractive to behold. As I said, as a prospective purchase, why?

21 November 2008

This is just a cheap version with the most convenient off the shelf diesel because Porsche needs European sales to replace lost US SUV sales.

It will be interesting to see how it effects Audi SUV sales.

It highlights that Porsche like Land Rover could be in serious trouble if they are relying on top end SUV sales to balance the books.

21 November 2008

It will sell, of course, no matter how abhorrent we find it. From a cold-hearted business perspective, they had to do it - look at what percentage of X5s and Rangies are diesels.

However, I'm surprised that they've started with a 3.0 V6 - not much when you've got a whale like the Cayenne to propel. I always assumed that VW's V10 TDI would be the natural choice for first Porsche oil-burner.

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