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Old 08-30-2012, 08:48 AM
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Originally Posted by AutoUnion View Post
Mike, what are the biggest differences between the EU spec and US spec Cayenne TDIs? I understand that the US one makes slightly less power due to the AdBlue system, but is it really that much different?

I've driven the T3 Touareg TDI extensively, so I expect it to feel very similar, in terms of power delivery, etc.
The Euro-spec model has the Gen-I engine, while the US-spec model is running the new Gen-II 3.0-liter turbodiesel. The Euro model was geared to pull hard up to nearly 150 mph, but more lethargic around town. The US-spec model was quick around town (thanks to the 8AT), but much slower at speed. The X5 feels significantly more powerful on the highway... and above 40 mph.

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