Who says that a Porsche can't be good on gas? The 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel gets surprising fuel efficiency numbers, and it's the only diesel Porsche that North Americans can get their hands on. It's been available in Europe since 2009.
Under it's hood is a turbocharged and intercooled 3-litre V6 diesel engine that kicks out a respectable 240 horses and 406 lb-foot of torque mated to an eight speed transmission.. After all, it's still a Porsche. All that and it only uses 20 MPG in the city and 29 on the highway. You'll also find the same engine in the Volkswagen Touareg and Audi's Q7 and the upcoming Q5. This SUV is much more lighter and responsive than the Tourareg or Q7 though. The engine is built by Audi and then shipped over to Porsche.
The Cayenne is an SUV that drives like a sports car. Diesels aren't usually known for their Porsche-like performance, but they somehow pull it off with the 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel. Those two extra gears make a big difference. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds (remember, this is an SUV, not the 911), which is a little faster than the gasoline powered V6 automatic version. It does share the same agility increasing brake-based torque vectoring as the 911 Turbo though. This SUV runs permanently in all wheel drive.
It's base price is U.S. $56,725 (Canadian MSRP $64,500), but like all Porsches, they're happy to upsell you all the options you can handle. Some suggested ones are the espresso leather interior, stainless steel front and rear skid plates, panoramic roof, adjustable air suspension, Bi-Xenon headlights and off-road underbody protection.
Of the six Cayenne variations available, Porsche is expecting the diesel model to become it's best selling individual model as it proves that performance and efficiency can indeed be paired together.
By Linda Aylesworth - autoExpert.ca