2013 Porsche Cayenne S V8 Diesel

Have you seen the new diesel Cayenne? Probably not, since it’s only available in Europe. But if it ever makes the journey to the states it will sure to be a hit. Car and Driver recently test drove the vehicle and posted some awesome photo’s, full review here. The base price in Germany is $99,000.

ENGINE TYPE:

  • twin-turbocharged DOHC 32-valve diesel V-8, iron block and aluminum heads, direct fuel injection
  • Displacement: 252 cu in, 4134 cc
  • Power: 382 hp @ 3750 rpm
  • Torque: 627 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm
  • 8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

PERFORMANCE:

  • Zero to 60 mph: 5.4 sec
  • Standing ¼-mile: 14.2 sec
  • Top speed: 155 mph
  • EPA city/highway driving: 18/28 mpg

DIESEL IS BETTER?

The immense amount of low-end torque is addictive, but the most significant benefit of this diesel may be the incredible driving range; you can go nearly twice as far on a tank of fuel compared to the gas V-8s. In the optimistic European cycle, the Cayenne S diesel is rated at a combined 28 mpg, and 25 mpg in real-world driving seems quite plausible. The latter isn’t easy to achieve in a Cayenne gasoline hybrid, especially during the prolonged high-speed runs typical in Europe. And driving this diesel is a much simpler and more natural experience. No high-pitch whine, no artificial brake feel, no sudden surges of the internal-combustion engine—just sheer output that’s easy to control and modulate.