The Swiss are most famously known for their banking and neutrality, so it’s fitting that Porsche chose the Geneva Motor Show as the location to premier the Cayenne Diesel and new 911 GT3. Why you ask? Simple, the Cayenne Diesel is probably the most controversial Porsche since….. well, the original Cayenne (forgetting about the Panamera for a moment) and in today’s economy it just might take access to a Swiss numbered account to purchase a 911 GT3.
Cost and controversy aside, the new Diesel Cayenne delivers impressive capabilities from a performance and fuel consumption standpoint. With 405 lb-ft torque available at 2000 RPMs, this baby packs some serious muscle but still slowly sips diesel at a rate equivalent to 30.4 MPG (giving a range of more than 620 miles). That’s a whole heck of a lot better than it’s much thirstier siblings. Unfortunately, at present, there are no plans for a state side model.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum is the 911 GT3. More powerful, faster, crisper and more dynamic than its predecessor the normally aspirated GT3 comes just shy of the magic 200MPH mark with a top speed of 193 MPH from a six cylinder power-plant producing 435 HP (20 more than the outgoing model).
See below for the full Press Release.
Stuttgart. Two world debuts mark the highlights from Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show: the 911 GT3 and the Cayenne Diesel. Presented for the first time to the public, these two models impressively symbolize the particular fortes of Porsche’s model range focusing on both tradition and the future – dynamic performance and superior economy.
Porsche 911 GT3
The new 911 GT3 is once again more powerful, faster, crisper and more dynamic than its predecessor, improving above all in its two core features performance and driving dynamics. Maximum output of the proven normal-aspiration six-cylinder is now 435 bhp (320 kW), up 20 bhp over the former model. Performance on the road improves accordingly, with the new GT3 now accelerating to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds and achieving a top speed of 312 km/h or 193 mph.
High-tech aerodynamic modifications add to the new look of the GT3 and increase the car’s down-forces most substantially, more than doubling down-pressure over the former model. As a further improvement, the Porsche GT3 comes for the first time with particularly sporting PSM Porsche Stability Management switching on and off in individual stages.
Porsche Cayenne Diesel
Porsche’s second new model launch in Geneva is the Cayenne Diesel. The combination of Porsche’s particularly dynamic and versatile SUV with a very economical, high-torque power unit offers significant advantages above all on long distances and when towing a trailer. Added to this there are the outstanding driving dynamics, safety and offroad qualities for which the Cayenne is widely lauded the world over.
From outside, the new model comes with the same looks and appearance as the Cayenne with its V6 gasoline engine and likewise boasts the Cayenne model designation on its tailgate.
Displacing three litres, the extra-smooth and refined V6 power unit develops maximum output of 240 bhp (176 kW), sufficient for a top speed of 214 km/h or 133 mph. What is even more remarkable is the engine’s superior torque peaking at a remarkable 550 Nm or 405 lb-ft at just 2,000 rpm.
Accelerating to 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds with its Tiptronic S transmission featured as standard, the new Cayenne offers superior qualities also in its performance, thus ensuring that typical Porsche style in every respect.
Cayenne Diesel Delivers Performance and Fuel Economy
The absolute highlight of the new power unit is of course its supreme economy: Average fuel consumption of 9.3 liters diesel/100 kilometers, equal to 30.4 mpg imp, gives the new Cayenne with its 100-litre (22 imp gal) fuel tank an exceptional range of up to 1,000 kilometers or 620 miles.
The Cayenne Diesel comes exclusively with Porsche’s six-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission. Likewise featured as standard in the Cayenne, PSM Porsche Stability Management has been specifically geared to the characteristics of the diesel engine, while intelligent PTM Porsche Traction Management provides an ideal symbiosis of very good on-road and off-road driving qualities, spreading out engine power appropriately between the front and rear wheels.