Porsche Cayenne Turbo

Porsche has long been celebrated as the premier European sports car brand. And with precision performance machines like the Boxster, Cayman and 911, it’s hard to argue that. But Porsche also makes a fine Sport Utility Vehicle in the Cayenne. Currently, the Cayenne line is as diverse as it is efficient. From the 300 horsepower base Cayenne, which seats up to five, to the 500 horsepower Cayenne Turbo, which can rocket from 0-100 km in 4.7 seconds, there seemed to be a Cayenne for everybody. But there hasn’t been a diesel offering in the North American market. Until now, that is.

At the 2012 New York International Auto Show, Porsche announced that its champion SUV will be available with a turbo-diesel V6 pumping out 240 horsepower, permanent all-wheel drive and a staggering 554.5 NM of torque starting with the 2013 model year. Appropriately christened the Cayenne Diesel, the torque rating is enough to power the exotic SUV from 0-100km in a mere 7.6 seconds, all the way up to 220 kph. There are few other SUVs besides the Cayenne that can make such a claim.

Fuel economy numbers for Canada have yet to be announced, but Porsche says the diesel’s estimated fuel economy numbers are 20 mpg city / 28 mpg highway on the United States cycle. That roughly equates to 11.76 L/100km extra urban and 8.4 L/100km urban. For a performance SUV, that’s top-tier.

This is by the virtue of not only the diesel engine, which is more efficient than a comparable gasoline engine, but also the advanced 8-speed Tiptronic transmission its mated to. The powertrain is also fortified with an Auto Start/Stop function and Porsche Traction Management (PTM), as well as improved engine acoustics and low vibrations for smooth engine running.

Starting in Canada at $64,500, keen eyes can identify the latest Cayenne variant by the “Diesel” badges behind the front wheel wells. Also for the 2013 model year, Porsche included a few interior changes, including a new standard analog clock on the dashboard, new door lock buttons placed near the front door handles, and the European Factory Delivery program offered for all models. Sales are expect to begin later this year.

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