It was not a secret that Porsche will introduce a bigger diesel engine on the Cayenne, but today this model became official: ladies and gentlemen, this is the Cayenne S Diesel. Powered by Audi’s 4.2-litre eight-cylinder diesel engine with biturbo charging, the Cayenne S Diesel delivers 382 hp (281 kW) and offers a maximum torque of 850 Newton metres.
With these numbers, the SUV hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 252 km/h or 156 mph. Despite these performances, the Cayenne S Diesel remains a fuel-efficient SUV with NEDC fuel consumption of just 8.3 litres per 100 km (CO2: 218 g/km). This means that when is equipped with an optional 100-litre fuel tank, the vehicle has a total range of about 1,200 km or 745 miles.
In terms of design, the 2013 Porsche Cayenne S Diesel has the same features of eight-cylinder versions. Moreover, the brake system has been sized to handle the car’s power output, and it is identified by its silver brake callipers.
The front end features black fins. The model badge at the rear identifies it as a Cayenne S. According to the official press release, the 2013 Cayenne S Diesel will hit the market in January 2013 and will cost 77,684 euros in Germany – including 19 per cent VAT and country-specific features.
It is powered by a diesel engine yet the attributes typical of Porsche sports car are still there. The new Porsche Cayenne S Diesel offers an emotional drive like a typical Porsche sports car, thanks to characteristics like its dynamics and audio tracks. Its V8 diesel engine sounds as good and runs as smooth as Porsche’s previous eight-cylinder powerplants. However, the V8 diesel engine fitted under the bonnet makes the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel an economically viable sporting machine that could also serve as a touring car suitable for longer trips. In fact, the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel – when the optional 100-liter tank is availed -- could travel as far 1,200 km before needing refuel again.
One of the main contributors to the distinct yet dynamic character of the new Porsche Cayenne S Diesel is the active PTM all-wheel drive system. Since this PTM system features a direct rear-axle drive, the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel drives and handles like a rear-wheel drive vehicle – with the same precision too. Likewise, PTM endows the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel with the advantages of a front-wheel drive system, especially in terms of stability and traction.
With attributes from rear-wheel and front-wheel drive systems injected into the PTM, the new Cayenne S Diesel could also perform dynamically off the road, especially in surfaces where there is little traction – like on the grass, mud or snow. The PTM acts depending on the situation, working harmoniously with Porsche Stability Management (PSM), sending applicable torque to each wheel in order for the Cayenne S Diesel not to lose necessary grip.
In addition, the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel is operated by a highly dynamic diesel engine, which allows it to offer ample towing capacity. In fact, the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel is able to tow as much 3.5 metric tons, which should be enough for a boat or a horse trailer to tag along.