Porsche Cayenne Diesel Production Begins

by Zack Newmark
December 29, 2008 7:58 PM
Filed Under: Diesel, German, Industry, Porsche

Right on schedule, production has begun for the 2009 Porsche Cayenne Diesel. The vehicle's three-litre turbodiesel V6 comes from the Volkswagen group, and is produced by Audi.

The 240 horsepower (176 kW) engine makes this the most environmentally friendly of all Cayennes, but it is still pretty dirty. Spewing out 244 grams of CO2 per 100km, the Cayenne Diesel is about as dirty as the Land Rover LC4 with a 3.0 liter diesel, and the Mercedes Benz M-Class ML 280 and 320. Burning 9.3 liters per 100km (25 mpg), it is significantly cleaner than the Porsche Cayenne's 3.6 liter petrol engine.

Even cleaner will be the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid, expected to spend less than 9 liters per 100km, getting more than 26 mpg.

Although a bit weak in terms of horses, the seventh Porsche Cayenne model produces 406 ft-lb of torque (550 Nm). Hopefully, this will make up for any sluggishness. Regardless, this will likely be the slowest Cayenne currently available. Tiptronic S automatic transmission is standard.

Being built in Leipzig, the 2009 Porsche Cayenne Diesel will be available beginning this February with a €47,250 sticker price, excluding tax.

Press Release (Click to expand)

Production start of the Cayenne Diesel in the Leipzig works

Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart has started production of the new Cayenne Diesel at its Leipzig works. The sports utility vehicle is equipped with a three liter V6 turbo diesel engine with 240 HP (176 kW) supplied by Audi AG.

The engine in the new Cayenne distinguishes itself through its spontaneous vehicle response. In addition, its brawny torque of maximum 550 Newton meters offers spor-ty handling and masterful road sovereignty, thereby delivering that pure driving pleasure typical of Porsche. Nonetheless, the Cayenne Diesel consumes an average of only 9.3 liters per 100 kilometers, its CO2 emissions are 244 grams per kilometer. This new addition to the Cayenne family now makes for a product line of seven models.

The Cayenne Diesel will be available for sale from February 2009 onwards. Fitted with the tried-and-tested Tiptronic S automatic transmission as standard, the basic Euro price will be about € 47,250. In Germany, the Cayenne with diesel engine, including 19 percent VAT and country-specific equipment will cost € 56,436.



This is a shame to the Porsche name!

by carbon_dew | December 29, 2008 9:39 PM
I agree completely. Even a Hybrid version would make more sense

by djcocum | January 5, 2009 4:44 AM
First, they introduced the Cayenne, and now the diesel version... What the hell is wrong with you Porsche?!

by speed_freak | December 29, 2008 9:43 PM
244 g/100km! it must be like the cleanest car on the planet. So far farthe cleanest i've seen has been something around 90 g/km but 244 g/100km, what do we beed hydrocell cars for? Does this pages ¨journalists¨ know anything about cars?

by ipsesnipse | December 29, 2008 10:30 PM
First a diesel cayenne, then a hybrid, what'll be after that?

this engine is not enough, i remember that either Audi and VW have another diesel engine with more power, why they didn't use it?

by GRAVE | December 29, 2008 11:40 PM
because they don't want the diesel Cayenne performance is better than the other Cayenne models.

by me7274 | December 30, 2008 12:26 AM
VW could easily drop the V10 TDI in the Cayenne. But, in this case, this Porsche is not at all about performance. Its about scooting Porsche under the pending CO2 limits, and creating a "fuel friendly" image. Porsche is at risk of diluting the brand with this one. They should have dropped a kick-a** hybrid first. Then hit everyone with this "slow" diesel.

by benz_man | December 30, 2008 3:01 AM
lol at grams of c02, if you increase the amount of CO your car produces, it will decrease the amount of C02. So you could have a car that produces 0 g/100km of CO2, and it's exhaust would be pure poison to you.

by joe_limon | December 30, 2008 3:22 AM
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