Enthusiasts love diesel engines for their massive torque and non-hybrid-laden efficiency. Enthusiasts generally don't like the Porsche Cayenne because it's not a 911. Heads will surely explode, then, with the announcement that the 2013 Porsche Cayenne will finally be offered in the U.S. with the company's 3.0-liter turbo diesel V6.
This new Porsche isn't a sports car. It's not even a sports CUV like the Porsche Cayenne GTS or Turbo. It is a commuter car wrapped in an attractive Porsche-themed body with impressive numbers.
Power? Try 240 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy? You can drive from New York City to South Carolina on a single tank (740 miles/28 MPG highway). Towing? At 7,716 pounds you can tow your 911 weekend racer and a whole bunch of spares. Price? $55,750 base. Speed? It hits 60 mph in 7.2 seconds from a dead start.
Admittedly, the last number isn't as impressive. But it doesn't need to be. Porsche now makes a CUV for everyone who wants one: the Cayenne Turbo for wealthy maniacs, the Cayenne Diesel for stylish commuters, a Cayenne GTS/S for fast dads, a Cayenne Hybrid for… whoever the hell buys a Cayenne Hybrid.