Porsche launched its most powerful diesel model yet. The Cayenne S Diesel comes with an Audi-sourced 4.2 liter eight-cylinder engine with biturbo charging which helps it produce 382hp. The new model will be officially presented at the Paris Motor Show next to the Porsche 991 Carrera 4 and 4S models before deliveries starting in January 2013.

The Cayenne diesel offers 382hp alongside maximum torque of 850 Newton meters. The inclusion of the new engine makes the new Cayenne S Diesel a good option in terms of value for money and dynamic performance. It’s capable of a zero to 100km/h sprint in 5.7 seconds, and its top speed is 252km/h while fuel consumption is just 8.3 liters per 100km.

Porsche chose to fit an automatic start/stop function to the Cayenne S Diesel. It also gets PTM active all-wheel drive and the optional Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus system. Porsche quote a maximum towing capacity of 3.5 metric tonnes making it ideal for trailers and horse boxes. Customers can also opt for a 100 liter fuel tank extending the range to a distance of around 1,200km (745 miles) without having to stop to refuel.

On the outside, the Cayenne S Diesel shares visual styling cues with its petrol counterpart. The brake system, for example, has been sized to handle the car’s power output, and it is identified by its silver brake callipers. The black fins at the front end emphasise the open air inlets. As with the standard Cayenne Diesel, the S gets “diesel” badges at the front ends of the wings and a model badge at the rear identifies it as a Cayenne S.

It will cost 77,684 euros in Germany including 19 per cent VAT and country-specific features. UK customer will have to part with £58,243 including VAT and country-specific features.

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