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Finally: Porsche will use diesel engines

Finally, and after years of confirmations from Porsche officials that there will never be a Porsche diesel, the torque-monster engines will find their way under the hood of a Porsche.

Although at this stage Porsche only confirmed a V6 diesel engine for its Cayenne-SUV we expect, and sincerely hope, that other V10 and V12 diesel engines from the Volkswagen and Audi group would find their ways to Porsche too.

The V12 TDI is doing a great job already in the Audi R8 V12 TDI and also in the Audi Q7 whereas the V10 TDI in the VW Touareg and in the VW Phaeton has proved to be one of the best diesel engines in the world. 1000 or 1200 Nm of torque out of a possible Porsche Cayenne V12 TDI would surely be impressive and reassure the �pole-position’ of Porsche Cayennes on German Autobahns and in the sand-dunes of the United Arab Emirates or Egypt.
The Porsche Cayenne V6 diesel will develop 240hp and 550 Newton metres, while the fuel consumption will be as little as 9.3 litres/100 km

But for the time-being such a �Porsche Cayenne V12 TDI is only wishful-thinking and hopeful expectations by a diesel-loving motoring journalist. Until that time comes we will have to arrange ourselves with the Cayenne V6 disel. So from February 2009, Porsche will offer a Cayenne with a diesel engine and thus extend its range of engines for the four door, all-wheel drive car further, once again. This decision was taken in response to changed legal regulations especially in European markets, resulting in tax incentives for vehicles with diesel engines. Furthermore, the Porsche stake in Volkswagen Group, the world’s largest manufacturer of modern diesel engines for passenger cars, has opened up new opportunities to utilise sporty compression-ignition technology.
Only a V6 diesel has been confirmed yet for the Cayenne range, but we are confident that the V10 or V12 diesel will eventually be used as well by Porsche

Porsche will equip the Cayenne with a 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine with 240 bhp (176 kW) supplied by Audi AG, a subsidiary of the VW Group. The average consumption of the Cayenne Diesel is 30.4mpg Combined (9.3 litres/100 km) with emissions of 244 g/km CO2.
Porsche says that the spontaneous throttle response and high torque characteristics of this diesel engine will deliver the required performance levels for an athletic all-terrain vehicle such as the Cayenne. The substantial maximum torque of 550 Newton metres shall complement the sports-oriented chassis dynamics and provides a high degree of control to offer driving enjoyment typical of Porsche.
In response to customer demand, the new Cayenne model will initially be offered in Europe. Preparations for market introduction in other countries are underway.
The Porsche Executive Board is confident that it will maintain the long term market success of the Cayenne series with the low-consumption V6 turbo diesel. In the last financial year 2007/08, 45,478 units of this series (which currently incorporates five different models) were sold - more than ever before in a financial year.
With the introduction of the Cayenne Diesel, Porsche is consistently continuing its commitment to reduce fuel consumption. As early as Spring 2007, the sports car manufacturer had equipped the new generation of the Cayenne series with engines featuring petrol direct injection that consume up to 15 per cent less fuel in real-world driving conditions. Since the summer of 2008, Porsche has also offered the most recent generation of the 911 series with direct-injection petrol engines. The sports car manufacturer is also working on another Cayenne variant with hybrid drive that will exceed 31 mpg, and which will be launched onto the market at the end of the decade.
The new Cayenne with diesel drive will be arriving at Porsche Centres from February 2009. Equipped with the proven Tiptronic-S automatic gearbox as standard, it costs from ?£40,250. Customers will also be able to explore the dynamic attributes of the car, and develop their own skills behind the wheel, courtesy of a Driving Experience Programme at the new Porsche Driving Experience Centre at Silverstone.
It is not confirmed yet when the Porsche Diesel will be offered in the Middle East and North Africa, as most Porsche dealers in this region will probably prefer to offer their customer the Cayenne V8 petrol engine only, though there is surely some great potential for a powerful and potent Cayenne Diesel out there in the deserts.

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