2012 Porsche Cayenne SUV could get a more powerful V8 diesel engine for the S-variant

Porsche’s big selling SUV, the Cayenne, could get more shove and twist in the form of an all new V8 diesel engine in the future. While it isn’t confirmed as to when exactly the Cayenne will get a more powerful diesel engine, the addition of the 2 cylinders, to the V6 diesel engine is an indicator of higher performance. The Cayenne with the V8 diesel engine under the hood is expected to get the S-marking, making it the high performance diesel variant in the Cayenne range. The Cayenne V8 diesel is expected to targeted mainly at the European market, which loves diesel engined cars and SUVs.

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The Porsche Cayenne SUV is a very successful model for the German sportscar brand. While Porsche purists eschewed the Cayenne as blasphemous for the high performance brand, the SUV has been a stellar sales success for the brand due to the high performance, comfort and practicality that this product brings to the table. More importantly, the Cayenne sells well in emerging markets like India and China, where SUVs are a much more intelligent option that out and out sportscars, due to the former’s higher ground clearance and better ability to tackle the rough stuff.

2012 Porsche Cayenne SUV

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Coming back to the V8 diesel engined Cayenne, this SUV could share its engine with the Audi A8 as Porsche is now owned by the Volkswagen group, in which plenty of parts sharing happens. The 4.2 liter V8 diesel engine that powers the A8 is good for a peak power 346 Bhp of and a peak torque of 800 Nm, both substantial figures when compared to the current V6 diesel engine of the Cayenne, which produces a much more modest 245 Bhp-550 Nm. That said, there is also the possibility of the Cayenne getting an all new V8 diesel engine, which it could share with the upcoming Bentley SUV.

With diesel power getting bigger by the day across the world, a high performance diesel engine for the Cayenne makes a lot of sense, both in terms of sales potential as well as a performance alternative for the growing breed of diesel engine fans. Modern day diesel engines, with their mammoth torque often out accelerate comparable petrol engines while also delivering better fuel economy and lower tail pipe emissions. Modern diesel technology has also ensured that these engines are low maintenance and very refined, with almost petrol engine like refinement possible in many cases.

Via CarAndDriver

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