Porsche Adds Diesel Engine to 2013 Cayenne

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Power comes from a 240-horsepower, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine that makes 406 pounds-feet of torque at 1,750 rpm. The engine works with an eight-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. Porsche cites a zero-to-60-mph time of 7.2 seconds, a top speed of 135 mph and a driving range of 740 miles, which is longer than most passengers will be willing to tolerate in one sitting. Towing capacity is a healthy 7,700 pounds.


Porsche already has an efficiency-focused version of its SUV with the Cayenne Hybrid, but the Cayenne Diesel raises the bar with expected fuel economy that’s 4 mpg better on the highway and a base price around $13,000 less. With that type of position in the Cayenne lineup, Porsche’s expected 10 to 15% sales mix for the diesel seems attainable.

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