Eternally stretching the boundaries of what constitutes a “real” Porsche, for the 2013 model year, the wizards of Stuttgart have introduced the first diesel powered Porsche automobile to North America—the 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel. (And yes, we are aware Porsche did a diesel tractor back in the 1950s.)
Interestingly though, this time, the outcry over an automobile so non-traditionally Porsche was rather muted. This, of course, was in stark contrast to the response to the original Cayenne ‘s introduction back in 2002. Back then, the thought of a Porsche automobile being anything other than an out-and-out sports car was next to heresy for die-hard fans of the brand. However, when the Cayenne arrived and demonstrated itself to be an outstanding offering in every conceivable sense, the skeptics were silenced in pretty short order.
Further, being as luxurious as it was in addition to all its other attributes, the Cayenne soon found itself parked out front at country clubs all across the United States. What’s more, the success of the model paved the way for the first Porsche four-door sedan—the Panamera. These days, when Porsche does something outside of the generally accepted “norm” for the brand, it’s met with considerably less skepticism.
Which brings us to the subject of this review, the 2013 Porsche Cayenne Diesel.