Preview by Veeno Dewan
Porsche recently launched yet another incarnation of its hallowed Cayenne SUV. And no! Before you ask it is not another souped-up monster with 700 horsepower, but wait for it, a diesel- engined version! Albeit not really noticeable apart from the lower-case “diesel” on the front fenders of the Cayenne. The engine in the diesel Cayenne is a 3.0-litre, turbo-diesel, V-6 coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission with available manual and power supplier to all four wheels.
Porsche says the diesel version weighing in at 2,175 kg will sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and deliver awesome fuel economy numbers (10.8 litres/100 km city and 6.7 highways). Purists may snigger at the 240 horsepower figure, but the stump pulling 406 lb-ft of torque is pretty amazing. To put it in perspective the base Cayenne priced at $56,600 has 295 lb-ft of torque and the V-8 Cayenne S produces 369 hp. The diesel has a base price of $64,500. Although as usual by the time you tick the options box you are looking at pricing in the mid- seventies to high eighties for a decent spec version with all the toys, Porsche also claim the diesel has 30 per cent better fuel economy over the same-sized gas engine and drive with a feather foot and only fuel economy in mind and it is claimed you could get nearly 1,500 km out of one tank of fuel!
Look for a full road test soon.
2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel- Base price: $64,500