More power to Porsche
FOR a car maker that five years ago dismissed the notion of a diesel model, Porsche is now a convert.
Upping the ante with a 281kW/850Nm bi-turbo diesel V8, Porsche’s new Cayenne S — due here in April — smacks back at BMW’s X5 M50d and looks to tackle the 2013 Range Rover Sport 4.4-litre V8 diesel.
Borrowing the Volkswagen family’s 4.2-litre V8 diesel — fitted to the Touareg and Audi A8— and boosting output by adding a second turbocharger may provide the ammunition to take on rivals.
Porsche said its next Cayenne would be capable of a 0-100km/h time of 5.7 seconds and fuel consumption of 8.3L/100km. Unlike its V6 diesel sibling, the V8 will have a stop-start system to improve fuel economy.
It has a 100-litre fuel tank and can be driven up to 1200km between refills. Porsche says the V8 diesel ‘‘is typically Porsche, combining an emotional V8 engine sound with punchy, smooth performance’’.
The Cayenne S Diesel has active all-wheel drive that is tuned to give driving qualities of a rear-wheel drive.
Optional Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) adds further handling dynamics. The V8 is rated to tow up to 3.5 tonnes. The SUV shares its exterior and hardware with the V8 petrol Cayenne S. It has an up- graded brake system — identified by silver brake calipers — to handle the extra output and weight.
Other distinguishing features are black fins at the front to emphasise the spoiler’s air inlets. It also has ‘‘diesel’’ badges on the front guards and ‘‘Cayenne S’’ badges on the tailgate. The Cayenne S Diesel is $155,500 and goes on sale in Australia in April 2013. This compares with the ongoing V6 diesel that is priced at $110,400.
Porsche seems to have finally embraced diesel power with its Cayenne S boasting a bi-turbo diesel V8 engine