Porsche Cayenne S Diesel with V8 will not be available in the United States

Article by Christian A., on April 17, 2012

As you may know already Porsche finally introduced the Cayenne Diesel in the United States but it appears that the European customers will be one step ahead of us. Why? Because Porsche will introduce the Cayenne S Diesel in Europe and this model will be powered by a V8 engine, instead of the standard 3.0 TDI V6 engine found on most of the Audi models.

Currently, Audi vehicles are powered by a 4.2-liter V8 diesel engine delivering makes 346 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, but the Cayenne S Diesel will get a refreshed V8 diesel engine. For those who don’t know, the V6 diesel engine found on the Cayenne Diesel delivers 240 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque.

The bad news is that the new Cayenne S Diesel powered by the new V8 will not be available in the United States (at least for the moment) because building it to comply with U.S. emissions and crash standards would cost Porsche millions of dollars.

Still, the financial part is not the big problem because Porsche sales are seeing a record… the problem is that the diesel-powered cars are not quite popular in the United States.

While indeed new, the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel continues to have that driving experience customers expect from the brand. For the sound and the vehicle dynamics, the Cayenne S Diesel has the same emotion as that of a sports car. Indeed, considering how smooth the engine runs, the eight-cylinder unit gives off the same sound as those heard in prior V8-engined models of the brand.

Since it utilizes the diesel operating principle, the fuel economy of this latest offering is both comfortable and ideal even when going on long journeys. Using fuel consumption based on NEDC values, the Cayenne S Diesel is estimated to reach as far as 1,200 km using a full 100-liter tank.

This tank size though is optional. Within this new model, the intelligent all-wheel drive known as Porsche Traction Management, or PTM, is able to work together in an unparalleled way with the power of the engine and its torque of 850 Nm.

For the Cayenne S Diesel, it will be the first model under the brand to have the eight-cylinder diesel. As such, this makes it reach the top of its class when it comes to efficiency, power, and torque. Not only that, this is the first V8 diesel engine in the world to have the automatic start/stop function.

Though the Cayenne Diesel fitted with the V6 engine did symbolize the best efficiency when it comes to sports performance, the new Cayenne S Diesel shows that excellent sports performance is possible while getting the best efficiency there is. The V8 engine fitted inside the Cayenne S Diesel comes with a pair of turbochargers to make sure that the driver can get access to the stored powerhouse energy any time needed.

No matter what the condition is, the engine is able to perform with amazing efficiency while responding with a sporty spontaneity. Going back to the PTM, what it does is help the strong propulsive forces of the engine distributed in a way that it will meet the needs of the present condition. Specifically, it distributes these forces individually, and in a precise manner, to all of the Cayenne S Diesel’s wheels.

The way that the PTM interacts with the chassis, the power is converted to forward propulsion resulting in a dynamic performance whose effectiveness is unmatched. For those who want the power in their engine to be distributed in a more athletic manner, they can opt to have the Porsche Torque Vectoring, also known as PTV Plus, installed.

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