For the new model year, Porsche’s engineers played with the diesel unit a little bit, installing a new turbo, increasing the pressure in the common-rail injection system, as well as an increase in pressure for the common-rail injection system. In addition to that, certain components such as the crankshaft, have been lightened. Besides a modest increase in power, this has brought a faster throttle response, as well as a small efficiency increase – for example, the CO2 emissions have dropped from 195 to 189 g/km.
Underneath, we have an platform that’s a heavily modified version of the one used by the previous generation, but Porsche has worked hard to make the car lighter. The company has managed to impress - keep in mind that the Cayenne customers want luxury, so engineers couldn’t pull stunts such as stripping the interior like they do with the 911 “RS” models and they also had to face an increase in size.
The unit is matted to Porsche’s Tiptronic eight-speed automatic gearbox, and we have to tell you that, regardless if you press the “Sport” button or not, they make a great pair, as the transmission always knows when to stay in gear and when to shift.
Our test vehicle wasn’t fitted with one of the Cayenne’s most valuable assets, the Porsche Torque Vectoring System, which basically lends a pair of hands to the rear axle, allowing it to grab the road and play with the car as it likes. Diesels might be known for the torque, but this was not an option somebody forgot to tick - Porche doesn't offer the system on the diesel!
Thus, when we wanted to adjust the car’s driving settings we could play with the air suspension, which offers five levels of ride height, the Porsche Active Suspension Management, which allows us to select between three ride modes, as well as a sport button, which played with the leash of the engine and gearbox.
Of course, the vehicle was also loaded with other tech stuff, but we’ll describe these goodies in the “Gadgets
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PORSCHE Cayenne Diesel technical data summary
Engine: 2967 cm3 cc V6 Diesel
Transmission: Tiptronic (automatic)
Dimensions: 190.8 in (4846 mm) length / 76.3 in (1938 mm) width / 67.1 in (1704 mm) height
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