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Not that long ago you would never have imagined browsing a Porsche catalogue and coming across the technical details of a diesel engine. Then again, not that long ago the idea of a Porsche SUV would have been preposterous, too. But here we are in 2012, and Porsche’s Cayenne is the company’s best-seller. And from next month, you’ll be able to buy the diesel-powered version here in America. Welcome to Porsche’s brave new world.

Porsche execs agonized long and hard over diesel engines; I can recall former CEO Wendelin Wiedeking informally canvassing the idea over dinner at the Geneva Show years ago. Diesel engines – heavy and slow revving, despite their obvious efficiency – just didn’t seem a suitably Porsche solution to improving fuel consumption and reducing emissions. A high-tech hybrid seemed the better option for a company steeped in performance and race engineering.

Ironically, diesel engines proved their worth at sports car racing’s holy-of-holies, Le Mans, well before Audi’s R18 e-tron quattro hybrid drove to victory in the 24 Hour Race this year, with Audi and Peugeot oil-burners winning six times since 2006. If a diesel can win at Le Mans, then perhaps a Porsche diesel is not such a silly idea after all.

The new Cayenne Diesel is a case in point. I covered more than 9000 miles last year in our recently departed Cayenne Hybrid long termer, but after 845 miles through Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic last month, I’d say the Cayenne Diesel the better car of the two.
Full Article: 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel: The Unlikely Porsche - Motor Trend Blog
 

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Dark blue metallic. Rather than build it out piecemeal, I went the package route: P+, Bose, towing. And I have a poor man's Cayenne right now, a 2011 Touareg TDI Sport "Ltd Avail" (which is being traded in).
 

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Hi Greg,

I haven't been on this forum for a while ..... (I've changed computers after last died)
Thanks for that Motor Trend link. That last part is especially awesome.

My Cayenne Diesel is on a SHIP that JUST ARRIVED after midnight today in California. Hopefully, I'll ALSO have my Cayenne here in Seattle before September.

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Dave
 

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Hi Greg,

I haven't been on this forum for a while ..... (I've changed computers after last died)
Thanks for that Motor Trend link. That last part is especially awesome.

My Cayenne Diesel is on a SHIP that JUST ARRIVED after midnight today in California. Hopefully, I'll ALSO have my Cayenne here in Seattle before September.

Regards,
Dave
Lets see some pic's now that you have it!
 

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I do NOT have it yet.

Lets see some pic's now that you have it!
Look at my original post. The SHIP arrived in San Diego, but I LIVE in Seattle. Dealer's (canned?) estimate is LOCAL arrival (truck?) 14 days after ship arrives. I really don't know how much "pad" they add to reduce expectations..... Hence, my op comment about hoping to have it before September.

But, TRUST ME, you'll HAVE some quality pictures when I get the car (hopefully the work-week before Labor Day weekend) - I use a quality camera, not my phone.

Getting closer ..... TICK, TICK, TICK!

HOW ABOUT YOU GREG. What's status of YOUR Diesel - ETA?
 

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Look at my original post. The SHIP arrived in San Diego, but I LIVE in Seattle. Dealer's (canned?) estimate is LOCAL arrival (truck?) 14 days after ship arrives. I really don't know how much "pad" they add to reduce expectations..... Hence, my op comment about hoping to have it before September.

But, TRUST ME, you'll HAVE some quality pictures when I get the car (hopefully the work-week before Labor Day weekend) - I use a quality camera, not my phone.

Getting closer ..... TICK, TICK, TICK!

HOW ABOUT YOU GREG. What's status of YOUR Diesel - ETA?
and the excitement continues to build, looking forward to those quality pictures :)
Are you going to keep it stock or modify it?
 

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Dealer updated delivery status again Thursday, but still can't do any better than "next week".
Well, your "next week" is better than my expectations for the week after that. But my son gets married next Saturday/Aug 25, with a busy week leading up to it, so the week after will be better for me transitioning to the new Cayenne.

(Normally, I'm not this patient and rational when waiting for a new car, LOL.)
 

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and the excitement continues to build, looking forward to those quality pictures :)
Are you going to keep it stock or modify it?
Speedy,
Thought I answered this, but it didn't show up.

A boring response, but my answer is: "Keeping it stock - at least for the first few years..."
:)
 

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This is my first post here. I just picked up a 2013 Porsche Cayenne diesel 4 days ago. Options are Meteor Grey Metallic paint, Cayenne S III wheels, Premium Package Plus, Bose® Audio Package, and WheelHbCvr w/Color Porsche Crest. I have put about 150 miles on it and am extremely happy so far...26 mpg average in mixed driving even with an engine that isn't broken in. I wouldn't call it fast, but you just have to tap the accelerator to access the 400+ ft/lbs, which provides effortless motoring in all situations. I have test driven many many SUVs, and this is the first one that I didn't want to get out of and would feel comfortable driving all day long. I have no doubt that 33-35 mpg is possible on road trips with this thing. My daily driver is a Lexus ISF, and the Cayenne is mainly for my wife...though I will drive it a lot as well since she works from home and doesn't need to drive it daily.

 

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This is my first post here. I just picked up a 2013 Porsche Cayenne diesel 4 days ago. Options are Meteor Grey Metallic paint, Cayenne S III wheels, Premium Package Plus, Bose® Audio Package, and WheelHbCvr w/Color Porsche Crest. I have put about 150 miles on it and am extremely happy so far...26 mpg average in mixed driving even with an engine that isn't broken in. I wouldn't call it fast, but you just have to tap the accelerator to access the 400+ ft/lbs, which provides effortless motoring in all situations. I have test driven many many SUVs, and this is the first one that I didn't want to get out of and would feel comfortable driving all day long. I have no doubt that 33-35 mpg is possible on road trips with this thing. My daily driver is a Lexus ISF, and the Cayenne is mainly for my wife...though I will drive it a lot as well since she works from home and doesn't need to drive it daily.
enjoyed reading your Cayenne Diesel write up and pic's but you may want to create your own thread on this to make things easier!
 

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Ok...will do.
 

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OK - Here's my Cayenne Diesel .... Love it !!

Well, your "next week" is better than my expectations for the week after that. But my son gets married next Saturday/Aug 25, with a busy week leading up to it, so the week after will be better for me transitioning to the new Cayenne.

(Normally, I'm not this patient and rational when waiting for a new car, LOL.)
Drove Cayenne away from dealer at 3 pm today, and went to our cabin early for the weekend. Wife follows tomorrow, with our dogs squeezed into her Evoque (Range Rover). Just 75 miles on her, but I already love this car with the great handling and instant acceleration in any gear.

A few pics here....:)
 

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Mine's about 2 hours older than yours. No pix from me yet, was too tired to do anything but pull it into the garage. Mine's same paint, with Luxor beige interior. Only thing I can relate initially is the extra hp isn't apparent. Doesn't feel any faster than my Touareg. But the suspension and steering is definitely an upgrade. First thing on my list today though, is to try and figure out how to turn on the Lane Change Assist. I could have used it on the freeway trip home
 

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Drove Cayenne away from dealer at 3 pm today, and went to our cabin early for the weekend. Wife follows tomorrow, with our dogs squeezed into her Evoque (Range Rover). Just 75 miles on her, but I already love this car with the great handling and instant acceleration in any gear.

A few pics here....:)
Looks great. I like the CF inside.
 

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Greg: LCA activation

Mine's about 2 hours older than yours. No pix from me yet, was too tired to do anything but pull it into the garage. Mine's same paint, with Luxor beige interior. Only thing I can relate initially is the extra hp isn't apparent. Doesn't feel any faster than my Touareg. But the suspension and steering is definitely an upgrade. First thing on my list today though, is to try and figure out how to turn on the Lane Change Assist. I could have used it on the freeway trip home
Activate Lane Change Assist with the very top left button on door armrest, above mirror adjustment buttons. (but you probably know this after a nights rest to clear your head :)

As far as my initial driving impressions (and I didn't have a Toureg), acceleration feels quicker than my Audi Q5 3.2 (270 hp) with much less pedal pressure (the diesel TORQUE, of course), and I totally agree about the Cayenne handling - really good (I also have PASM). Much better than my Q5 (which was pretty good, and I liked it a lot) - but I just had to have a Porsche before I die, but need the "cargo space" that only an SUV or wagon can provide. I'm really pleased so far.
 

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Thx, I like the CF too. Had CF on my Audi S4 Avant 6 years ago, and got it again.
(option$$ sure add up, though !)
 
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