This is the Porsche Cayenne S Diesel, Stuttgart’s most powerful diesel model. Powered by a 4.2 litre biturbo V8 engine with 382 hp and maximum torque of 850 Nm, the Cayenne S Diesel does 0-100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds before reaching a top speed is 252 km/h. Porsche says that this oil burner’s sound “attain a level comparable to that of previous Porsche V8 engines”.

Average NEDC fuel consumption stands at 8.3 litres per 100 km, or 12 km/l. If fitted with an optional 100-litre fuel tank, the SUV do 1,200 km without having to stop for fuel. One factor contributing to the decent FC is the diesel V8’s auto start/stop function. Maximum towing capacity is 3.5 metric tonnes.

It’s bound to be a great drive, too, for big SUV standards. The Cayenne S Diesel has PTM active all-wheel drive, which is said to produce the driving qualities of a rear-wheel drive vehicle. Porsche adds that in a sporty, dynamic style of driving, front-wheel drive actions precisely adapted to the driving situation intervene to improve stability and traction. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus is optional.

Looks wise, the S Diesel gets typical V8 Cayenne styling cues. The brake system, for instance, has been sized to handle the car’s power and is identified by silver brake callipers, while the black fins at the front end emphasise the open air inlets. “Diesel” badging can be found on the front wings, but the rear just reads “Cayenne S”.

The Porsche Cayenne S Diesel will be launched in its home market in January 2013.