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The German sports car manufacturer has just sent us news of its new diesel SUV from a computer powered entirely by Ferdinand Porsche spinning in his grave. 

Yep, this is the Cayenne S Diesel, which now boasts the most pulling power of all the diesel Cayennes - its 4.2-litre twin-turbocharged V8 (as seen - albeit detuned - in the Audi A8) builds up 381hp and 626.9lb ft of torque. Six HUNDRED and twenty six. That’s more than a 911 Turbo S. 

For a big old unit, it’s pretty quick; 0-62mph takes 5.7 seconds, and it’ll go up to 157mph. Fuel consumption and emissions? A not entirely shabby 34.0mpg, and 218 g/km CO2, helped by one of those fiendishly irritating auto start/stop systems (coincidentally, it’s the world’s only V8 diesel SUV to offer one). That lot - and a massive 100-litre fuel tank - means you only have to stop for diesel every 745 miles if you’re frugal. 

There’s also a special traction management system that only sends torque to the front wheels when it’s strictly necessary - the rest of the time, according to Porsche, the Cayenne, “delivers the dynamic qualities of a rear-wheel drive car”. Want more sportyness? You’ll need to option the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus add-on.

Outside, it looks just like a petrol Cayenne S. The brake system’s been optimised to handle the car’s power output - note the silver brake callipers. WE SAID NOTE THEM - and the black front intake grilles emphasise the open air inlets.

How much? £58,243. Which is a lot of money. But you do get Porsche’s Vehicle Tracking System chucked in, and a free course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.

Reckon Ferdinand would approve, TopGear.commers?

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