Performance and economy rarely meet, but Porsche is hoping to change that with the introduction of the Cayenne S Diesel.

Performance and economy rarely meet, but Porsche is hoping to change that with the introduction of the Cayenne S Diesel.

Recently unveiled at the Paris Motor Show, the crossover is equipped with a twin-turbo 4.2-liter V8 engine that produces 382 HP (281 kW) and 850 Nm (627 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 252 km/h (156 mph). Thanks to an engine start/stop system, the Cayenne averages 8.3 L/100km (28.3 mpg US / 34 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 218 g/km.

In order to ensure the crossover handles like a proper Porsche, engineers installed an active all-wheel drive system which produces the "driving qualities of a rear-wheel drive vehicle." If you're not inclined to buy the marketing hyperbole, you can order the optional Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) system for even shaper handling.

The Porsche Cayenne S Diesel will be launched in January and German pricing starts at €77,684 (including VAT).

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