Taking its mid-size luxury SUV one serious step beyond in absolute performance, the 2013 Porsche Cayenne S Diesel makes its world debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. While sharing most of the design basics with its Cayenne Diesel sibling that has just gone on sale here in the U.S., this new S-spec variant swaps the base Diesel's 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 for a 4.2-liter twin-turbocharged V8 oil burner that packs a stout 377 horsepower and a stunning 626 lb-ft of peak torque.
For the record, those figures reflect impressive gains of 140 and 221 output units, respectively, over a baseline Cayenne Diesel V6 and will make the new Cayenne S the most world's most-powerful diesel SUV. According to Porsche's internal test data, that extra motivational might will let this newest member of the family sprint from 0-62 mph in 5.7 seconds and top out at 157 mph while raising its maximum towing capacity to 7,700 pounds.
The Cayenne Diesel's S-spec upgrading also brought several other technical enhancements, beginning with a standard Start/Stop system to help bolster its fuel economy - which earns a combined 28 mpg rating on the Euro cycle - as well a help lower its CO2 emissions levels to a respectable 218 g/mile. Porsche also recalibrated the standard all-wheel-drive system in the Cayenne S Diesel to take full advantage of the added muscle and will offer Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) torque-vectoring capability as an option. Larger disc brakes bolster stopping power of the Cayenne S Diesel which also features a unique exhaust note that reportedly makes the engine sound more like a gasoline-fueled V8.
The 2013 Porsche Cayenne S Diesel will start at just over $100,000 when sales commence early next year in Europe. Sadly, there are currently no plans to bring it to America.