Do my ears deceive me?
This diesel SUV shatters the ‘‘car-like’’ cliche, with the walk to match the torque
range of eight models of all types). Except, maybe not.
The entry Cayenne diesel V6 doesn’t do enough to disguise its commonality with Volkswagen’s Touareg and Audi’sQ7 (same basis, same engine, same Slovakian assembly line). The new one, however, the Cayenne S Diesel, almost succeeds in transcending its dieselness.
When we turned the key not a rattle was to be heard, not an agricultural calling card. On accelerating sharply out of the compound and toward the mountain passes above Graz, we just about turned around to express indignation at the practical joke that had so evidently been played. The splendid V8 thrum that blurted forth could only come from a petrol engine.
In its acoustic respect alone, the S Diesel resembles a muscle car. It’ll make the other mums look when you queue outside St Well-To-Do Academy.
At $155,500 the S Diesel is some way from being the top- whack Cayenne, sitting below the Cayenne Turbo and GTS. In so far as a few grand matters at this end of the market, it comes in some $4K over the petrol S.
Standard is air suspension, the component that when set to optimum comes so close to conveying the sense that this is the one SUV that truly deserves the cliche ‘‘ car-like’’ in terms of its dynamics.
The twin turbo diesel V8 is adapted from cousin company Audi then fettled and finessed to the degree described above. Putting out 252kW and a mountainous 850Nm from 2000rpm, it out pulls most any petrol engine while sounding every bit as pretty to the ear.
Reaching 100km/h from standing in 5.7 seconds isn’t bad for any 2.1 tonne missile, let alone one driven by means not long ago dismissed by this very marque. It’s barely more than a second slower than the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, with which