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AutoBlog: Quick Spin: 2009 Porsche Cayenne Diesel delivers torque and efficiency with negligible compromise

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Porsche sells no fewer than seven different Cayenne models in the U.S. All share the same unibody platform and permanent all-wheel drive system, but each is differentiated by its powerplant, brakes, suspension, and accessory list. Whether you are a blasé soccer mom or an exec hell-bent on embarrassing the dude in the sports car at the traffic light, if you're willing to write the check, Porsche has a Cayenne model with your name on it.

The selection is generous, but there is something missing from the mix. As of right now, all North American-bound models have an appetite for premium unleaded fuel. With the price of high-test wavering on the expensive side, Porsche has been diligently engineering hybrid and diesel-powered Cayenne models to significantly reduce pain at the pump.

While the automaker has announced the sale of Hybrid Cayenne next year, it's on the fence about offering the diesel model on this side of the Atlantic. Proudly showing off its latest wares, and teasing us with what we can't have, Porsche let us sample a Euro-spec Cayenne Diesel model... on our own turf.




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... an exec hell-bent on embarrassing the dude in the sports car at the traffic light, if you're willing to write the check, Porsche has a Cayenne model with your name on it.

I still think the premium required to own one of these ugly things is an awful lot of money to look like a complete tool.

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I still think the premium required to own one of these ugly things is an awful lot of money to look like a complete tool.

If you can afford a $130,000 SUV, you can afford the gas!

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I still think the premium required to own one of these ugly things is an awful lot of money to look like a complete tool.

Not everyone thinks it's ugly though. I like how it looks, and wouldn't mind owning one, if I had that kind of money.

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Not everyone thinks it's ugly though. I like how it looks, and wouldn't mind owning one, if I had that kind of money.

I agree - I find them pretty good looking...I am actually looking for one for a friend who wants one in Nordic Gold - Bright orange to you and I.

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I have to tip the scales back to the dark side it looks like a hideous toad whereas the 911 looks like the frog prince that it is, redeep redeep. The BMW 5 SUV is my cup of foreign tea.

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