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We haven’t heard a lot out of RUF recently, making us wonder where the famed Porsche tuner has gone. But it looks like they’re just taking things nice and slowly, recently releasing a new tuner kit for the Porsche Cayenne Diesel Turbo. With two options available to the public, customers can choose from either 288-hp or 310-hp. The two kits are available for the 3.0L V6 turbo (with eight-speed Tipstronic S transmission).

For $4,875 you can have the Upgrade One package, (essentially an ECU upgrade) bumping horsepower from 240-hp to 288-hp with 428 ft-lbs of torque (22 ft-lbs increase) to play with. The Upgrade Two package is available for an astonishing $9,245 and with that comes a modified turbocharger along with the ECU upgrade. You will however get 310-hp with 465 ft-lbs of torque.

We find the mods to be pretty extensive considering what you’re getting in return, and we’re sort of confused as to why even with a modified turbocharger and ECU reflash why it wouldn’t put out more than 310-hp. But here’s to thinking RUF is taking it conservative to keep the Cayenne Diesel fuel-efficient and reliable. What’s the fun in that?

Official press release available after the break.

PRESS RELEASE

The new Cayenne Turbo is powered by a direct-injected 3.0 liter V6 turbo engine. With its eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission and a reduced vehicle weight, this SUV feels and drives lighter than ever before.

For whom the standard power of 240 hp (176 kW) is not sufficient, RUF Automobile GmbH, in the bavarian town of Pfaffenhausen, now offers two performance increases:

In Upgrade 1, performance is increased to 288 hp (212 kW) through the optimization of the electronic engine management system. The torque rises by 22 lb-ft (30 Nm) to a maximum of 428 lb-ft (580 Nm). The price, including installation is 3,850.- €, plus VAT.

For Upgrade 2, power increases to 310 hp (228 kW) by the incorporation of a modified turbocharger and the optimization of the engine management system. The maximum torque is raised to an incredible 465 lb-ft (630 Nm). The price, including installation, is 7,300.- € plus VAT.

Both performance enhancements are available immediately.
 

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$5000 to add 28 horsepower and 22 torque is expensive!! Why would anyone want to spend $5000 just to gain so little horsepower. I don't even think the Horsepower and Torque you gain from this kit will be noticeable with a vehicle as heavy as a Porsche Cayenne.
 
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