Porsche Cayenne goes diesel.Byline: Steve Hughes
ADIESEL engine in a Porsche!
Many thought they'd never see that day - but it is a reality with the introduction of the first oil-burning motor from the famous German sports car maker.
Purists shouldn't worry too much, however. Porsche hasn't slotted it into the 911 or Cayman, it's been fitted to the big 4x4 Cayenne.
Porsche says that around 85% of premium SUVs in Europe are now run on diesel fuel and it had to follow suit to offer better fuel consumption and lower CO2 emissions, but without compromising on performance.
Porsche has sourced the V6 turbo diesel engine from the Volkswagen Group Volkswagen Group (ISIN: DE0007664005, TYO: 7659 ) is a German automobile manufacturer and currently the 4th largest automobile manufacturer in the world. Its core market is the European Union and its major subsidiaries include well-known brands like Audi, Bentley, Škoda, and has equipped the Cayenne with a 3.0-litre diesel engine with 240bhp supplied by Audi, a subsidiary of VW.
The average consumption of the Cayenne Diesel is a claimed 30.4mpg combined and with its huge 22-gallon tank it offers an outstanding range of up to 620 miles.
It is equipped with the proven Porsche six-speed Tiptronic-S automatic gearbox as standard.
It's on sale now and costs from pounds 39,404.
The big 4x4, which is highly capable off-road, retains its original - and controversial - body shape and the interior is almost exactly the same as the petrol model.
There's plenty of power coming from the V6 which can launch the Cayenne, which weighs 2.2 tonnes, from 0-62mph in an astonishing a·ston·ish
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To fill with sudden wonder or amazement. See Synonyms at surprise. 8.3 seconds, which is faster than many hot hatches. Top speed peaks at 133mph.
There is virtually no discernable diesel noise when on the move and I found it hard to believe I was behind the wheel of an oil-burner.
Additional soundproofing has been added to the diesel Cayenne including a special laminated sound-deadening glass in the windscreen.
The result is very little road, wind or engine noise even when pushed hard on rough surfaces.
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This article has been tagged since October 2007. the Cayenne is highly specified with the interior of the diesel having true Porsche comfort.
Front seats feature 12-way adjustments and other standard kit include an alarm system, central locking central locking
a system by which all the doors of a motor vehicle are locked automatically when the driver's door is locked manually with remote control, an on-board computer, tinted heat-insulating glass, air conditioning air conditioning, mechanical process for controlling the humidity, temperature, cleanliness, and circulation of air in buildings and rooms. Indoor air is conditioned and regulated to maintain the temperature-humidity ratio that is most comfortable and healthful. and electric windows.
As you would expect the build quality of the interior is first class with only the best of materials being used.
Storage space is huge, making it an ideal vehicle for those with an active lifestyle or large family.
Although very few owners will ever take the Cayenne off-road, it is very capable on the rough stuff.
I was surprisingly impressed with its mud-plugging ability at Porsche's new Driving Experience Centre at Silverstone.
This pounds 10m development is open to every new Porsche buyer.
New owners are able to explore the dynamics and ability of any new Porsche and develop their own skills behind the wheel under the guidance of highly-trained instructors.
Porsche, like all motor manufacturers, is suffering from the effects of the worldwide financial problems and its sales fell by 22% last year.
Sales of its sports cars have taken the biggest hit but the Cayenne's popularity has remained relatively high.
The new diesel, with lower fuel costs and reduced tax bill, should ensure the big, luxury SUV Cayenne is an attractive proposition
ATTRACTIVE PROPOSITION The Cayenne exhibits little of the noise associated with diesels.; CAPTURE The new diesel Porsche Cayenne The Porsche Cayenne is a mid-size luxury SUV produced by the German automaker Porsche since 2002, and North American sales began in 2003. It is the first V8 engined vehicle built by Porsche since 1995, when the Porsche 928 was discontinued. retains its original - and co ntroversial - body shape.