2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel: 28 MPG And 406 Lb-Ft O' Torque

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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.

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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.

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In yurrup, where diesels are hated by enthusiasts, the Cayenne Diesel got a resounding boooo from us. I mean a diesel porsche? Did hell freeze over? Also, a power band of 1500 revs in something sporty?

Also, the "Cayenne" moniker on the back is black on the Diesel - pointing, for me, at the black soot diesels in bad upkeep are known for. German humor? Maybe.

Of course the Cayenne Diesel is an extremely capable car, one with impeccable fit and finish inside, adequate power and handling and a good presence. I really have no grudge there. But being happy about it? Only in America.