Test Porsche Cayenne Diesel & Cayman S 987 II | Motors TV

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Porsche Cayenne Diesel Cayman S 987 II test

Porsche Cayenne Diesel

Who would have imagined it ten years ago? In 2003, Porsche made headlines with its first 4X4. And today, Porsche has come out with the first diesel in its history. The excuses or rather the official reasons are:

The demand of the market, which we can understand, but why wait so long? Then there is the pollution surtax in certain countries has had an influence on Porsche’s sales strategy. Third could be the merging with Volkswagen in which Porsche now owns a 75% stake.

And finally, the last reason and perhaps the most credible: the European commission has stated that all vehicles reduce CO2 emission before 2012.

This is the 3-litre V6 TDi, borrowed from Audi under the bonnet of the Cayenne. Nothing has been changed, except for the sonority, which was no small order and the result is a stunning 240 brake horsepower engine with 550 Newton metres of torque.

The Cayenne Diesel is an excellent automobile, with terrific road handling, staggering off road capacity and a respectable 244 grams per kilometre of CO2 output and it is equal in performance to the petrol V6 with a range of 1000 kilometresa record for the German carmaker. It is also less expensive than a BMW X5; 3-litre sd and the Mercedes ML 420 Cdi. It doesn’t lack for quality and more importantly it has no real downside.

But for the car purist among us it seems nearly sacrilegious to fill a Porsche tank with dieselbut in the times we live in we are conscience of the reality of things. And there is no other engine in the pipeline. We could have hoped for something nobler, but there is no V8, nor V10 nor V12 tdi planned anytime soon.

The next Porsche, in 2010, will be a Cayenne Hybrid, which will be a lot more expensive.

The Porsche Cayenne Diesel is reserved for Europe, which represents 40% of the market. Since 2003, nearly 200,000 Cayennes have been sold. Porsche is looking to hit the quarter million mark before year’s end, thanks to the new diesel, the economic crisis is well in fact a reality.

Fortunately, during this media presentation in Tunisia, Porsche also introduced the new second generation Cayman 987. The nearly four-year old Cayman has been given a slight but very complementary makeover. It sport’s a new front spoiler, rear end, new rear view mirrors, new head lights and new tail lights.

These changes may seem minor but they make the difference, the new Cayman has added character.

Also new is the addition of the PDK double clutch gearbox, which was first seen on last year’s re-designed 911. This system not only reduces consumption by 15% it shaves 1.2 seconds of the time from naught to 100km/h, it produces 16% less CO2 and it is 60% faster than the Triptronic S when shifting gears.

Porsche has also built a new direct injection motor, delivering and additional 25 brake horsepower for a total of 320 and 370 Newton metres of torque. And needless to say the change is huge. It hasn’t gained an ounce and the flat six never seems to suffer.

Its music to a gear head’s ears as the engine accelerates through the rev bandThe chassis is stiffer and better balanced and the Cayman is, in fact, an easier car to come to terms with than a 911. Add a limited slip differential and you’re in for a motoring treat with the Cayman S.

And it has already become one of our 2009 favourites at Maxi Test.

Today, Porsche is one of the most profitable carmakers in the world and it doesn’t look like that will change any time soon and before the close of 2009 it will own a 75% stake in Volkswagen.

Before concluding our Porsche report, we have to show you the first footage of the next GT3. Even more powerful and faster, Porsche promises, yet again, to deliver staggering performance levels. With each generation the GT3 gets better and better.

20 more horsepower brings the total to 435 and the flat six has gone from 3.6 to a 3.8 litresfor a new top speed of 312km/h.

From this coming fall, there will be an all new option for the GT3: engine dynamic suspension, which means that the stiffness and suspension travel will adapt to the driving conditions.

And of course Maxi Test will be bringing you a full report at that time.

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