Porsche Cayenne TDI

It’s official, Porsche will be selling a diesel version of the Cayenne SUV from February 2009 onwards in the European market. Porsche says this decision was made in response to changed legal regulations especially in European markets, which offered tax incentives for vehicles with diesel engines.

The Porsche Cayenne Diesel will use the Volkswagen Group’s 3.0 litre turbodiesel V6 producing 240 horsepower and 550Nm of torque, mated to Porsche’s Tiptronic-S transmission. It will be sold in Europe from 47,250 Euros onwards. The price tag in Germany will be 56,436 Euros in German trim, inclusive of a 19% VAT.

For those who don’t want to go down the oil burner route with a Cayenne TDI diesel but still want to make whatever green statement one can make with a large SUV like a Cayenne, a gasoline-electric hybrid version of the Cayenne will come later.

With this piece of news I immediately wonder… any room for a more powerful Cayenne “Diesel GTS” with the 6.0 litre V12 TDI found in one of the Audi Q7 models?