It’s powered by a 4.2-litre twin-turbo V8 diesel and sits above the standard Cayenne Diesel, which is powered by a 3.0-litre V6. Power is 378bhp versus the V6’s 242bhp.
More impressive is the 850Nm torque figure, which eclipses even the 700Nm claimed by the flagship Turbo. It isn’t as fast as the Turbo, with 0-62mph taking 5.7 seconds, but two seconds quicker than the V6 diesel. Top speed is 157mph.
With the help of a stop-start system – a world-first for a V8-powered diesel SUV – fuel economy stands at 34mpg, while the car emits 218g/km of CO2.
That fuel consumption helps the Cayenne S Diesel manage an impressive range of 745 miles from its 100-litre fuel tank.
The newcomer wears a Cayenne S badge at the back and ‘diesel’ badges on the front wings. It’s also got larger brakes and silver brake calipers – a trademark feature of all Cayennes with V8 power.
The Cayenne S Diesel will land in UK showrooms in January, with prices starting from £58,243.