The new fuel-efficient high-performance Porsche Cayenne S Diesel will join the German brand’s premium SUV line-up in Australian showrooms from April 2013.
Powered by a 4.2-litre twin-turbocharged V8, the Cayenne S Diesel produces 281kW and 850Nm of torque, launching from 0-100km/h in just 5.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 252km/h.
This means the S Diesel generates 105kW and 300Nm more power and torque than the standard 3.0-litre Cayenne Diesel, and while it gives up 13kW to the 4.8-litre V8 petrol-powered Cayenne S, its extra 350Nm makes the diesel two-tenths quicker to triple figures.
Although Stuttgart’s SUV has a 1kW/110Nm power and torque advantage over its Bavarian rival, the 3.0-litre six-cylinder BMW is three-tenths quicker from 0-100km/h and also 10 per cent more fuel efficient (7.5 litres per 100km versus 8.3L/100km for the Porsche).
The BMW is also $8500 cheaper, with the Cayenne S Diesel priced from $155,500 before on-road costs, although the Porsche has an 800kg braked towing capacity advantage (3500kg versus 2700kg).
The Cayenne S Diesel is equipped almost identically to the petrol-powered Cayenne S. The new model scores silver brake calipers, black front-end fins, and ‘Diesel’ badges on the front guards.
The Porsche Cayenne S Diesel is now on sale, with the first Australian deliveries to commence in April.
Porsche Cayenne manufacturer’s list prices: