Porsche is our favorite German-automaker at the studio. Why? Because of the rich history and legacy behind the name. The Porsche Cayenne Diesel is a great addition to the Porsche SUV lineup. Placed between the base Cayenne and the Cayenne S, the diesel is based on VW‘s version of the Toureg Diesel.
Interior: Porsche has some great interiors. Basically, very little plastic, mostly leather. They also have one of the best audio systems in the business. The CDR audio system is standard on all Cayenne models. It features a 7-inch color touchscreen display, enabling drivers to navigate and select the main menus and functions. The integrated CD radio, featuring an FM dual tuner, 30 memory presets, dynamic auto-store and speed-sensitive volume control includes a sound system with 10 loudspeakers and a total audio output of 100 watts.
Exterior: LED’s and a great paint job. Nothing more really to show here. The Cayenne doesn’t add any special features on the outside. It has some similar styles to Audi‘s Q7, nothing major to report here. See the pictures for yourself.
Power/Hardware: 3.0 liter V-6 turbo-diesel engine with 240 hp and an astonishing 406 lb ft torque. 28/20 MPG Highway/City. Impressive? Well for this kind of performance, I would say it is great. If you can afford the car, I’m sure the diesel won’t be an issue. An 8-speed automatic transmission, the Tiptronic, will be in this Cayenne. This is the same transmission found in the Audi R8. Do we like it? Well, read our opinions below.
Pricing: The base price of the 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel offering is $ 55,750 which is not too bad considering there are diesel vehicles by other manufacturers with fewer features at a higher base cost.
Our Opinion: Like I said, we love Porsche. Read our other news about their new Porsche Boxster. However, the Tiptronic is an issue with us. In the Audi R8, it was pure awful. Only a test-drive will prove how it is in the Cayenne. In this diesel, it should handle ok, but I wouldn’t get it in the Cayenne Turbo. Porsche also offers the Cayenne in a hybrid, so at least they are trying to cater to ever crowd out there.
NOTICE: The Checkered Flag and FLR Productions would like to offer the family of Ferdinand Porsche our condolences. Ferdinand passed away at the age of 76 Wednesday night, the same day the 911 was crowned the 2012 Performance Car of the Year.