• Jan 26, 2011
2009 Porsche Cayenne Diesel – Click above for high-res image gallery

Audi and Volkswagen are working hard to push diesel products in the United States and it seems as though their corporate cousins at Porsche may be ready to join them. Rumor has it that the German automaker is considering a pair of oil-burners for our shores.

Porsche already produces a diesel-drinking Cayenne for Europe and it's been speculated that a Panamera diesel will appear on stage at the Geneva Motor Show. While the move will surely offend the Porsche purists in the States, it's a safe bet that diesel options will help lower the automakers average fuel economy figures – a problem Porsche has been dealing with for years.



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[Source: Automotive News – Sub. Req.]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      "it's a safe bet that diesel options will help lower the automakers average fuel economy figures – a problem Porsche has been dealing with for years."

      Not sure why they would want to lower their average MPG figures...but hey, whatever suits them. heh
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wish they'd focus on an affordable, fuel efficient, AWD TDI vehicle. These luxury vehicles are nice and all, but 99% of us can never afford one, so it's a pretty pointless topic for most of us. I find affordable performance, and affordable fun and fuel efficient vehicles to be far more exciting, as they are something I can actually have in my driveway.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If only Porsche would hire an Italian designer and scrap the VW/911 look..
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sooo.... how much better MPG do the diesel versions get?
        • 3 Years Ago
        The diesel Touareg I drove (stablemate to the Cayenne) averaged about 27 mpg (US) in mixed driving.

        I don't think they will have a hard time finding takers for either vehicle in diesel flavor.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can see a diesel Cayenne but not with the regular 3.0tdi engine used in the VW and Audi. Porsche would need to use a twin turbo version of the 3.0tdi or tweak the existing 240hp unit to make it stand out...Price would probably be around 3k over the gasoline V6. The 350hp 4.2tdi would really be sweet in this but now your looking at 90k to 100k for the price.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why buy an Audi if you want to save money on mileage? Audi's are overpriced, complicated machines, running on PR. If you want a performance car, get yourself a track car and build it up...if you want mileage, buy electric and leave the oil fuel to those who haven't learned "there are no important people, only those that think they are."
      bill
      • 3 Years Ago
      The fastest, best performing cars I've driven in Europe and the UK have all been diesels that are not available in the U.S. As a result, I'm still waiting for the MB S380 & E220, the Audi A6 and A4 diesels, the diesel Cayenne, and diesel BMW's that I routinely rent when I travel overseas. They all have far better performance than their gasoline counterparts and get much better milage to boot.
      ipod
      • 3 Years Ago
      awd is a waste unless you live where it snows a lot. Audi has been selling these over weight gas hogs to people who know little or anything about awd. Awd is not worth the weight penalty. Good snow tires and you will be fine. Also, when you have a flat and the tires have only ten thousand miles or so, you have to buy a new set , the dealers do not tell their customers this fact. No tire dealer will sell you just one tire for awd.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ipod
        Gotta disagree with you on that one. I live in an area with snow and rain and has a lot of hills. There has been many times I've watched FWD cars in front of me spin their wheels trying to pull up and out on to busy roads. While you can argue about the technique these people use while driving, I've never had a problem in summer (with slick road paint/gravel) or winter (2 feet of snow) getting my car to move from a stopped position.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only thing appealing about the Cayenne is that it goes fast. Butt ugly, slower and more expensive wont sell, as the M class Mercedes (or platform mate Jeep for that matter) looks infinitely better and has a diesel option.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "it's a safe bet that diesel options will help lower the automakers average fuel economy figures – a problem Porsche has been dealing with for years."

      Don't you mean "...will help raise the automakers..."?

      If Porche is trying to lower their average fuel economy, I don't see how that would be a problem.

      LOL



      • 3 Years Ago
      Bring those diesels on shore, they all sell them in Europe!
      • 3 Years Ago
      So why can I by V10 Diesel R8 but I can't walk into an Audi dealership and buy myself a Diesel A4(in the U.S) !? Makes no sense.
      Looks like they reserve diesel options for the ultra-rich. The ones who are least concerned with MPGs and rather have HPs & TQs.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Wow, what dealership can you walk in to buy a V10 diesel r8? Because i will be the one leaking the first photo's.

        ;)
        Lena
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's good that they are Http://www.porscheguide.info working on lowering average fuel economy.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Sorry, I meant V12.
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