New Porsche Cayenne S Diesel powered by twin-turbo 377bhp Audi unit
12 September 2012

Porsche has added a second diesel model to its Cayenne line-up as part of efforts to further boost its sales potential in the face of increased luxury SUV competition.

The new Cayenne S Diesel runs the latest evolution of Audi’s 4.2-litre V8 diesel engine and makes its debut a the Paris motor show.

With twin variable vane turbochargers and the latest in piezo valve guided common rail injection technology, the 90-degree unit kicks out a BMW X6 M50d beating 377bhp and 626lb ft – an increase of 140bhp and 221lb ft on the existing single turbocharged 3.0-ltire V6 diesel engine found in the popular Cayenne Diesel.

According to Porsche’s own performance figures, the added reserves are sufficient to haul the four-wheel drive Cayenne S Diesel from standstill to 62mph in 5.7 seconds and to a top speed of 157mph. They also help extend its towing capacity to 3500kg.

Combined economy is rated at 34.0mpg and CO2 emissions at 218g/km thanks to various fuel-saving technology including stop-start.

As with rival BMW and its new twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel engine, Porsche says it has worked hard at providing the new V8 diesel, which is also earmarked to join a facelifted Panamera line-up in 2013, with a distinctive sound, which it likens to its more traditional V8 petrol units.

The strong torque qualities of the big diesel has also led to a unique set-up for the Cayenne’s four-wheel drive system, with torque vectoring set to offered as optional equipment.

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12 September 2012

Greg Kable wrote:

the 90-degree unit kicks out a BMW X6 M50d beating 377bhp and 626lb ft

Why the lack of perspective, Greg? You don't mention that the Porsche engine is 40% larger than the BMW unit. And yet only produces 1bhp more! That's thoroughly disingenuous of you. Also, no mention of Porsche "beating" by the BMW when it comes to CO2 emmisions and fuel economy.

12 September 2012

Diesel V8 disappeared from BMW and Mercedes lineup, just Audi is following that route. I think that the higher cost, weight and consumption are not counter balanced by the added performance. Who is looking for the best performance will choose the turbocharged pertrol V8, who is looking for economy will buy the V6 diesel.

12 September 2012

... which make the new Range Rover SDV8 look a little limp in comparison. The new RR is £20k more expensive too (£58k v £78k)!!

The extra Porsche performance would be nice but if I must have a pointless V8 SUV I think I'd blend in, take the similar Touareg and avoid pedestrian's saliva.

 


12 September 2012

bomb wrote:

 take the similar Touareg and avoid pedestrian's saliva.

This could mean that either the pedestrians are drooling with lust / envy or they are spitting at you.

I think I know which one you meant.

12 September 2012

Well just about every corner I can think of leaves the RR well adrift including the towing. So why would anyone buy a RR and for out an extra 20K for doint it? Ahh yes its patriotic (lol RR is Indian owned), and it is the best off road - which has been proven wromg by a variety of official auto tests

what's life without imagination

12 September 2012

5wheels wrote:

Well just about every corner I can think of leaves the RR well adrift including the towing. So why would anyone buy a RR and for out an extra 20K for doint it? Ahh yes its patriotic (lol RR is Indian owned), and it is the best off road - which has been proven wromg by a variety of official auto tests

There's so much rubbish in that post, I'm not sure where to begin.  The Range Rover can tow 3,500 kg in all guises and has been able to since the first one was built in 1969.  The Range Rover is more expensive because it's a luxury car that happens to be unstoppable off-road, whereas the Cayenne is a Range Rover Sport rival.  Range Rover may be owned by Tata, but Porsche is owned by Volkswagen, does it really matter either way?  They both function indepently within their 'families'.  And yes, the Range Rover really is the best off-road, so you're either lying or delusional.  No other luxury off-roader can wade up to 90.0 cm in rivers, for example.  It also has astonishing axle articulation, a class-leading terrain response system and impressive approach, ramp over and departure angles.  And last but not least, it's more aerodynamically efficient than the Porsche Cayenne.  The Porsche manages Cd 0.36, the latest RR manages Cd 0.34, an improvement of 10% over the older model.

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12 September 2012

You forgot to mention weight. Saving weight costs money. New RR is pretty light aluminium chassis which has to be worth a bob or 2...

12 September 2012

5wheels wrote:

Well just about every corner I can think of leaves the RR well adrift including the towing. So why would anyone buy a RR and for out an extra 20K for doint it? Ahh yes its patriotic (lol RR is Indian owned), and it is the best off road - which has been proven wromg by a variety of official auto tests

There's so much rubbish in that post, I'm not sure where to begin.  The Range Rover can tow 3,500 kg in all guises and has been able to since the first one was built in 1969.  The Range Rover is more expensive because it's a luxury car that happens to be unstoppable off-road, whereas the Cayenne is a Range Rover Sport rival.  Range Rover may be owned by Tata, but Porsche is owned by Volkswagen, does it really matter either way?  They both function indepently within their 'families'.  And yes, the Range Rover really is the best off-road, so you're either lying or delusional.  No other luxury off-roader can wade up to 90.0 cm in rivers, for example.  It also has astonishing axle articulation, a class-leading terrain response system and impressive approach, ramp over and departure angles.  And last but not least, it's more aerodynamically efficient than the Porsche Cayenne.  The Porsche manages Cd 0.36, the latest RR manages Cd 0.34, an improvement of 10% over the older model.

 

Dark Isle you are right when you state that some people sprout crap regarding the Range Rover.  Land Rover have done an excellent job in addressing a lot of criticisms levelled at the MkIII.  They complained it was too heavy, the weight was sorted and yet they still complain.  They moaned that it wasn't frugal enough, they've made it more fuel efficient and yet they still moan.  They bitched that it wasn't fast enough, yet all the models have benifited from improved performance and yet they still bitch.  If this new Range Rover turned out to be the most complete car the motoring world had ever seen, it still wouldn't be enough.  The part taht brought a smile to my face was when 5 Wheels quoted that a variety of 'Official' auto tests concluded that the Range Rovers off road ability was questionable and yet failed to mention 1 or 2 of these auto tests.  The new RR has improved massively over its predecessor and has closed the gap even more on its competitors.  I for one applaud it

 

12 September 2012

12 September 2012

BMW X5 M50d is quicker still despite having not as much torque.

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