Porsche entered new territory in 2009 when it launched the Cayenne Diesel (pictured above), its first-ever oil-burner. Now, the diesel experiment is winding down. The German sports-car brand confirmed today it's abandoning diesel as it begins to focus more heavily on electrification.
Editor's note: This story was originally published 2/21/18 when it was first reported that Porsche was ending production of diesel cars. We've updated it to reflect Porsche's confirmation that it's dropping diesel.
that Porsche ceased production of the Macan S Diesel and the Panamera 4S Diesel, which then were automaker's only remaining diesel offerings. Speaking to the UK publication, a Porsche spokesperson said that this decision reflects the "cultural shift" away from diesels towards hybrid and electric vehicles.
This isn't a huge surprise. Porsche announced earlier this year it's doubling its investment in developing hybrid and electric cars. And it's certainly not a big deal for US customers as the only diesel-powered Porsche sold here was the Cayenne Diesel, introduced for the 2013 model year and discontinued in 2016 when it was revealed that its VW-designed 3.0-liter V6 used emissions-cheating software.
Porsche CEO Oliver Blume explained the decision to drop diesel in a statement:
"Porsche is not demonizing diesel. It is, and will remain, an important propulsion technology. We as a sports car manufacturer, however, for whom diesel has always played a secondary role, have come to the conclusion that we would like our future to be diesel-free."
Interestingly though, a diesel-powered version of the new Cayenne was still in the works. Clearly, that's no longer the case. Porsche also recently recently launched a new twin-turbo V8 diesel just for the Panamera 4S. That engine will live on in the non-US-market Audi SQ7 and Bentley Bentayga Diesel, but not in any Porsche.