Porsche Announces First Diesel for U.S.: 2013 Cayenne Diesel
April 4, 2012 8:13 AM
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2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel
The Porsche Cayenne Diesel has a base MSRP price of $55,750
Porsche is introducing the 2013 Cayenne with a turbo-diesel V6 option, which will be the automaker's first diesel entry in the United States.
The 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel will feature a 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine capable of 240 HP and 406 lb.-ft. of torque, which shoots the SUV from 0-60 in 7.2 seconds and allows a
top track speed
of 135 mph.
The new diesel SUV will also have an estimated fuel economy rating of 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway, or 23 combined, according to Porsche. Also, the Cayenne Diesel can go 740 miles on a single tank of fuel.
"Highlights of the 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine in the Cayenne Diesel include high pressure common rail fuel injection and a variable vane geometry turbocharger, which give the engine improved response to driver inputs and enhanced fuel economy when compared to more conventional diesel engine technologies," said Porsche. "In addition, the engine block is constructed from compacted graphite iron (CGI), which has many of the strength properties of a conventional iron block but with a significant reduction in mass, approximately 55 lbs. (25 kilograms)."
The 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel will also include Porsche Traction Management (PTM) with a permanent all-wheel drive system; selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology made of an AdBlue tank, the tank's heating system and lines to carry the AdBlue; a mechanical safeguard to protect the driver from using the wrong fuel; Diesel badges behind the front wheel wells, and an 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission.
The 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel carries a price tag of $55,750 plus a $975 destination charge.
Porsche's other Cayenne members include the original Porsche Cayenne for $48,850, the Porsche Cayenne S for $65,850, the
Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid
for $69,850, and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo for $108,750.
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RE: More diesels in the U.S. is a good thing
4/5/2012 12:12:25 PM
I've found the maintenance to be similar to gasoline vehicles. Perhaps slightly higher, but not by an appreciable difference. The key is doing the maintenance on time. Diesel engines are more high-tech than gasoline engines and have more expensive parts. If you don't do the maintenance on time, and you neglect the vehicle, things will break. That's true no matter what fuel type or vehicle it is. But diesel engines generally cost a little more to repair.
That said, you get it all back and then some when it comes to resale. I sold my '98 Mercedes E300 diesel for $12k a few years ago. The same year, same model, same miles, but with gasoline engine, was selling for only $6k. That's double the price!!
Same with our old Jetta. I sold our '01 Jetta TDI for $13k, while the same year, same model, same miles, gasoline Jetta was selling used for about $5k. That's 2.5x the price!!
Part of the reason for the very high resale price is that a properly maintained diesel engine will run for several hundred thousand miles. At 200k, it's still tight and crisp and runs like new. Compare that to a gasoline engine with 200k miles that feels clunky and worn out. Diesel engines just plain last longer, a lot longer, and that's good for you as the owner, and it's great for you at resale time - it means $thousands more in your pocket.
RE: More diesels in the U.S. is a good thing
4/5/2012 2:36:11 PM
Same principal, just larger scale, my uncle just retired and sold his Freightliner tractor trailer. He was telling me he just had it overhauled and had been getting worried when he drove it since it had been 900K miles since the last overhaul. The truck and engine had 1.9 million miles on it total. Most heavy trucks and buses I have seen that ran gasoline engines were good if they made it past 500k miles and most died before that even with overhauls and good maintenance.
One thing that I believe helps is that diesel fuel and the fumes work as lubricants while gasoline and its fumes tend to wash away lubricants over time. A lot of the breakdown in engine oil comes from gasoline getting into it, while in a diesel that is not as much of a problem. I also know from growing up on a farm that diesel farm tractors seem to last forever with many people still using tractors built in the 1960's every day, while you can not hardly even give away one with a gasoline engine except to someone wanting to use it as a collector's item.
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