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When the new V6 bi-turbo isn't cutting the mustard, stick in 'Audi's' V8 twin turbo diesel instead!!


Porsche has confirmed long running rumours that it will add a second diesel model to its Cayenne line-up as part of efforts to further boost its sales potential in the face of increased luxury SUV competition.

Pictured here for the first time ahead of a planned world premiere at the Paris motor show at the end of September, the new Cayenne S Diesel runs the latest evolution of Audi’s 4.2-litre V8 diesel engine.

With twin variable vane turbochargers and the latest in piezo valve guided common rail injection technology, the 90-degree unit kicks out a BMW X6 M50d beating 377 bhp and 626 lb ft – an increase of 140 bhp and 221 lb ft on the existing single turbocharged 3.0-ltire V6 diesel engine found in the popular Cayenne Diesel.

According to Porsche’s own performance figures, the added reserves are sufficient to haul the four-wheel drive Cayenne S Diesel from standstill to 62 mph in 5.7 sec and to a top speed of 157 mph. It they also help extend its towing capacity to 3500 kg.

Combined economy is rated at 34.0 mpg and CO2 emissions at 218 g/km thanks to various fuel-saving technology including stop-start.

As with rival BMW and its new twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel engine, Porsche says it has worked hard at providing the new V8 diesel, which is also earmarked to join a facelifted Panamera line-up in 2013, with a distinctive sound, which it likens to its more traditional V8 petrol units.

The strong torque qualities of the big diesel has also led to a unique set-up for the Cayenne’s four-wheel drive system, with torque vectoring set to offered as optional equipment.


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