Porsche Commits, Finally, to Diesel Cayenne for U.S.

April 4th, 2012

2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel

We told you some details about this car last month, but now they are final, as Porsche announced the Cayenne Diesel will come to dealers in September with prices starting at $55,750.

That is around the price of a comparable Touareg and is among Porsche’s lowest priced vehicles. It uses a slightly tweaked version of the Touareg/Audi Q7 TDI diesel.

Here are some of the Cayenne Diesel’s features:

  • 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6, outputting 240 hp and 206 lb-ft of torque
  • 0-60 mph in 7.2 seconds; top speed of 135 mph
  • towing capacity of over 7,700 pounds
  • 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission with permanent all-wheel drive, limited-slip, traction control
  • 20/28 mpg (23 combined), per Porsche.

Why would you want a Touareg (with questionable reliability) or a Q7 (stark in its ugliness) when you could have this car for a very few more bucks with Porsche handling and interior? Not to mention that the Cayenne S Hybrid will cost you around $70K.

The TDI is maybe the best passenger-car diesel available, and its value is not just a dollars-and-cents calculation. It has a different feel than a gas-powered car, owing to the large amount of torque available at low rpm’s.

With proper maintenance, diesels last a very long time and hold their value in the market. See our listings for proof. The Porsche, like most other modern diesels, does require urea injection to meet emission standards. That adds to the initial cost.

My compadre tgriffith made a compelling case today against the stupid, gas-swilling, 500-hp engines that carmakers are moving into. If enough diesels take hold in this country, the price of their fuel will come down (relative to gasoline).

Right now, the high cost of diesel compared to gas is just another way to gouge the public and prevent competition for a real alternative.

Would you be in the market for a diesel vehicle, particularly an SUV?

—jgoods

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  1. Randy
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    Porshe handling? Honest, you think the Cayenne has Porsche handling? It’s same kind of vehicle GM is so famous for making… Take a chevy, slap some chrome on it with a bigger engine, call it a Buick or Cadillac and boost the sticker price 40%

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