Edmunds.com had an interesting write-up of their first test drive in a 2010 Porsche Cayenne Diesel. The opening paragraph in the article easily sums up the review:
Trust us here; the much humbugged diesel era has arrived in Stuttgart and this 2010 Porsche Cayenne Diesel 3.0 TDI rips it up in worthy style. This is far more than some nasty farm implement dressed up with a Porsche crest. [Via Edmunds.com]
I have no desire to see a “nasty farm implement” bear the Porsche name, so that’s good. It will be interesting to see when the Cayenne Diesel actually hits our shores in the US and what we SUV happy, toy pullin Americans actually do with the thing. Think we’re gonna see more of these at the lake pulling the latest Mastercraft X15? Or perhaps you’ll find them parked next to you in the campground towing around grandma’s 1960s Airstream Ambassador.
It’s still crazy to me to think that Porsche is building a diesel powered ANYTHING. Course a few years ago, I never thought I’d see a day Porsche would build anything other than two door sports cars. This probably sums up my thoughts best:
This is where we are with the diesel era. Not only can a diesel be powerful, fuel-efficient and even quiet, but it can even be a Porsche. The world is changing. [Via Edmunds.com]
I guess the world IS changing…even Porsche’s world as I know it.