The Porsche Cayenne S is coming to the UK in January 2013, with prices starting from £58,243.
And it promises to be the most luxurious car you'll see pulling a caravan next summer thanks to its incredible pulling power. The Porsche Cayenne S's brand new V8 twin-turbo engine 4.2-litre diesel offers 382hp and 850Nm torque.
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What does that mean for drivers? It means they can pull heavy loads for longer without having to fill up, and will barely notice the weight of the tow behind them. Power is the new Cayenne S's biggest selling point - complemented with typically gorgeous Porsche design it's likely to be the most stunning and practical luxury SUV when it lands next year.
There's a good reason for Porsche injecting the Cayenne S with a new V8 - the motoring equivalent of steroids. Next year will also see the introduction of the all-new luxury Range Rover. But with the Cayenne S costing nearly £15,000 less, Porsche has an opportunity to capture those not convinced by the 'world's finest luxury SUV'.
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So what will the Cayenne S offer that other luxury SUVs don't? It's the world's only V8 diesel SUV to offer auto start-stop. It can reach 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 157mph, giving fuel consumption figures of 34.0mpg (NEDC) and emissions of 218 g/km CO2.
That power not only gives the Cayenne S a key haulage advantage over others in its sector, but it also delivers the smooth Porsche driving experience drivers know and love. It sounds like a sports car on the road, giving it the mighty-but-smooth purr you'd expect from a standard Porsche V8.
It's perfect for long-distance driving. The Porsche Cayenne S can potentially go for more than 750 miles without having to refuel on a 100-litre tank thanks to its economic consumption. It also features a Porsche Traction Management (PTM) active all-wheel drive system, giving the precision handling and benefits of a rear-wheel-drive car.
Luxury as standard
Indeed, the PTM system comes as standard alongside a fashionable leather interior, dual-zone automatic climate control, cruise control, an audio system with seven-inch touch-screen, front and rear parking sensors, eight-way powered front seat adjustment, front and rear electric windows, 18" alloy wheels, a 100-litre fuel tank and a three-year warranty.
Visually the Cayenne S has silver brake callipers and a black front grille, while also proudly displaying diesel badges on its front wings. Also fitted to every Cayenne S Diesel is a Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS).
Irish and European customers can expect to pay €101,150 for the new Porsche Cayenne when it arrives in January. Buyers will also get the chance to refine their driving skills with a complimentary course at Porsche's Experience Centre at Silverstone when they buy.
Written by John Meadowcroft