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Porsche Cayenne: Diesel mule testing ahead of 2009 launch

Porsche Cayenne Diesel
A Porsche Cayenne diesel mule is testing ahead of its 2009 launch.

According to new reports from Germany’s AutoSTR, power from the Audi V6 will be boosted to around 320hp (238kW) from the current 240hp (179kW) levels. More powerful V8 diesels have reportedly been ruled out due to weight issues and subsequent handling compromises.

Porsche’s new diesel is expected to achieve a fuel-consumption rating of 23mpg (9.9L/100km), which should help improve the carmaker’s carbon footprint and allow the car to be registered in lower tax brackets in countries where registration taxes are based on emissions.

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Source: Motor Authority