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Thursday, 20 November 2008

Porsche will offer its first diesel car from February 2009 on, the Cayenne Diesel

Purists all over the world must now be mourning and tearing their clothes off (if not their hairs). Porsche has just released the information it will adopt a diesel engine in one of its cars for the first time. The chosen vehicle to receive it is Cayenne.

Confirming the idea that Porsche buying Volkswagen would in fact result in Volkswagen taking over Porsche, Cayenne will have a 3-litre V6 turbodiesel engine from Audi. It delivers 240 bhp and 550 Nm, and fuel consumption is as low as 10.75 km/l.

Even though some fundamentalist Porsche fans state Cayenne is no real Porsche, the company says using a diesel engine will help it reduce fuel consumption and help improve sales figures. Initially, the Cayenne diesel will be sold only in Europe, from February 2009 on, for 47,250 euros (56,436 in Germany, VAT and country specific equipment included). The Tiptronic-S automatic transmission will be offered standard.

Since VW also has a fantastic 5-litre V10 engine for Touareg, a half-brother for Cayenne, we can also expect Porsche's SUV to offer the same engine. And diesels may spread through all Porsche line-up, including the upcoming Panamera.

Source: Porsche

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