• Dec 29th 2008 at 5:55PM
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After spending an inordinate amount of time over the last two years denying that it would ever build a diesel vehicle because diesels were incompatible with Porsche's image, the company finally relented and announced it would put a diesel in the Cayenne SUV. Now, barely a month after that announcement, Porsche has launched production of the Cayenne diesel at its Leipzig factory. Porsche is installing the same 240 hp 3.0L V6 TDI that Audi and Volkswagen are using in the coming Q7 and Touareg for the US market. In the Q7 on the recent Audi Mileage Marathon, we achieved an average of almost 29 mpg over nearly 3,000 miles from New York to Denver.

For now, Porsche is only planning to offer the Cayenne diesel in Europe where it will be priced from €47,250. It goes on sale in February.

[Source: Porsche]

Production start of the Cayenne Diesel in the Leipzig works

Stuttgart/Leipzig. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart has started production of the new Cayenne Diesel at its Leipzig works. The sports utility vehicle is equipped with a three liter V6 turbo diesel engine with 240 HP (176 kW) supplied by Audi AG.

The engine in the new Cayenne distinguishes itself through its spontaneous vehicle response. In addition, its brawny torque of maximum 550 Newton meters offers sporty handling and masterful road sovereignty, thereby delivering that pure driving pleasure typical of Porsche. Nonetheless, the Cayenne Diesel consumes an average of only 9.3 liters per 100 kilometers, its CO2 emissions are 244 grams per kilometer. This new addition to the Cayenne family now makes for a product line of seven models.

The Cayenne Diesel will be available for sale from February 2009 onwards. Fitted with the tried-and-tested Tiptronic S automatic transmission as standard, the basic Euro price will be about € 47,250. In Germany, the Cayenne with diesel engine, including 19 percent VAT and country-specific equipment will cost € 56,436.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      The Cayenne is still a piece of crap, as it is too big to be driving around the roads here in Italy for example. Who in all fairness needs a 3.0 litre V6 when the speed limit is 130kph?

      244 grams per kilometre of C02, is still 144 grams more than acceptable to me.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Much better to find a hyper-boosted diesel with a ton of gears on a Porsche coupe if you ask me.. Talk to Gale Banks about the benefits of diesel for racing applications, at least when using modern turbos, modern DSG trans and modern common-rail tech.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Enligtening comments by Mark, if you don't like the car the car then don't bloody buy one!! Leave the forum for people who ARE interested in the Cayenne instead?!

      Oh, and to tankd0g, The Toureg is better eh? Well thanks for your brilliant insights, it's only my opinion but the Cayenne is better, just like it's your opinion it's not.

      I'm pissed off with people who come forward with their biased appraisals, most of whom have neven been in a Porsche or driven one, never mind ever having been in a Cayenne. Do you really think Porsche could get away with selling crap cars? C'mon get real people, sheesh!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Touareg is still going to be the better truck. Why bother?