Porsche Cayenne Diesel to Debut at Geneva Auto Show

Along with the eagerly anticipated GT3, Porsche will debut the new Cayenne Diesel at the Geneva Auto Show in March.

Powered by a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine, the Cayenne Diesel makes 240hp and a significant 405 ft-lbs of torque at just 2000 rpm. Porsche says the engine can propel the Cayenne Diesel to 62 mph in a reasonable 8.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 133 mph.

The Cayenne Diesel will come standard with Porsche’s Tiptronic S transmission – sorry, no PDK here.

Fuel consumption is rated at 30.4 mpg on average, for a total fuel-tank range of 620 miles.

With all that powerful diesel-generated torque we expect the towing abilities to be significant, however, Porsche has yet to release that statistic.


Outside the Cayenne Diesel looks the same as a standard Cayenne, including the rear Cayenne badge. (It appears as though any reference to the diesel engine will be absent).

Other features of the Cayenne Diesel include Porsche Traction Management (PTM) to ideally distribute power between the front and rear wheels. Finally, Porsche’s Stability Management (PSM) system has received tweaks to work more fluidly with the diesel powerplant.

The Cayenne Diesel is currently not scheduled for sale in North America.

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Official release after the jump:

Stuttgart. Two world debuts mark the highlights from Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show: the 911 GT3 and the Cayenne Diesel. Presented for the first time to the public, these two models impressively symbolise the particular fortes of Porsche’s model range focusing on both tradition and the future – dynamic performance and superior economy.

The new 911 GT3 is once again more powerful, faster, crisper and more dynamic than its predecessor, improving above all in its two core features performance and driving dynamics. Maximum output of the proven normal-aspiration six-cylinder is now 435 bhp (320 kW), up 20 bhp over the former model. Performance on the road improves accordingly, with the new GT3 now accelerating to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and achieving a top speed of 312 km/h or 193 mph.

High-tech aerodynamic modifications add to the new look of the GT3 and increase the car’s down-forces most substantially, more than doubling down-pressure over the former model. As a further improvement, the Porsche GT3 comes for the first time with particularly sporting PSM Porsche Stability Management switching on and off in individual stages.

Porsche’s second new model launch in Geneva is the Cayenne Diesel. The combination of Porsche’s particularly dynamic and versatile SUV with a very economical, high-torque power unit offers significant advantages above all on long distances and when towing a trailer. Added to this there are the outstanding driving dynamics, safety and offroad qualities for which the Cayenne is widely lauded the world over.

From outside, the new model comes with the same looks and appearance as the Cayenne with its V6 gasoline engine and likewise boasts the Cayenne model designation on its tailgate.

Displacing three litres, the extra-smooth and refined V6 power unit develops maximum output of 240 bhp (176 kW), sufficient for a top speed of 214 km/h or 133 mph. What is even more remarkable is the engine’s superior torque peaking at a remarkable 550 Nm or 405 lb-ft at just 2,000 rpm.

Accelerating to 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds with its Tiptronic S transmission featured as standard, the new Cayenne offers superior qualities also in its performance, thus ensuring that typical Porsche style in every respect.

The absolute highlight of the new power unit is of course its supreme economy: Average fuel consumption of 9.3 litres diesel/100 kilometres, equal to 30.4 mpg imp, gives the new Cayenne with its 100-litre (22 imp gal) fuel tank an exceptional range of up to 1,000 kilometres or 620 miles.

The Cayenne Diesel comes exclusively with Porsche’s six-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission. Likewise featured as standard in the Cayenne, PSM Porsche Stability Management has been specifically geared to the characteristics of the diesel engine, while intelligent PTM Porsche Traction Management provides an ideal symbiosis of very good onroad and offroad driving qualities, spreading out engine power appropriately between the front and rear wheels.

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