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Porsche Cayenne S Diesel: new 850Nm V8 oil-burner for SUV

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.

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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.

The Porsche Cayenne S Diesel’s stiffest competition is likely to come from the all-new triple-turbocharged BMW X5 M50d.

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).

Other competitors include the $129,300 Audi Q7 4.2 TDI and the $160,000 Range Rover Vogue.

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:

  • Cayenne – $109,400
  • Cayenne Diesel – $110,400
  • Cayenne S – $151,900
  • Cayenne S Diesel – $155,500
  • Cayenne S Hybrid – $164,400
  • Cayenne GTS – $164,400
  • Cayenne Turbo – $247,500