So, you take a tractor engine from the hillbilly cousin who only does push-ups and takes steroids (Audi) and then you mount it on one (slightly modified) body straight from the uncle who lives in some godforsaken mountains. And because the Cayenne already exists what else could you possibly do to it than to add a preposterous moniker: Diesel!!!
In other words, all the European rednecks who were drooling after a Cayenne but couldn't actually afford one have now been green lit for a Cayenne caricature. They should enjoy a stupid and dull Volkswagen interior, lacking the usual Porsche quality, and an engine which is weaker than my custom-tuned vacuum cleaner. But hey, you'll have plenty of torque, which will definitely help you exactly where the car feels most at home: in the field, plowing.
I would have loved to describe what a sensational car Porsche has created starting from a common Volkswagen Touareg, or how awesome can the Turbo version be, how perfect is the leather stitching on the dashboard, how amazing are the seats... or to tell you about the three locking differentials which can get your out of a lot of trouble, the compressor in the trunk which can save a vacation, etcetera. Sadly, I have to tell you about the Cayenne Diesel. I'm sorry, but I (no longer) have almost nothing to say about this "car".
Can the lack of respect towards its fans become chronic at Porsche? Do you empathize with me? Don't get me wrong, I understood the fact that they had to deliver an SUV when the market was booming for this type of vehicles. Like it or not, they made an extremely cool one if we're only talking about the Turbo. But taking that same SUV and fitting it with an ordinary diesel borrowed from "poor old Audi"... the road to hell is paved with good intentions, right?
Why didn't Porsche came out with a hybrid version if all they wanted was to be "green"? If you brag about saving the planet don't insult your fans with a loud tractor, give them a decent hybrid. And if you're incapable of doing that, or you simply don't want to design one yourselves, Subaru-style, why not borrow some hybrid technology from your Japanese cousins? You guys brought Toyota engineers in the 1990s to sort out your production lines, didn't you?
Yes, I know, there'll be a Cayenne Hybrid on the market soon also, but it's too late. Porsche has proven once again that they're heading towards mass production, a carefully laid trap by the greed of the people in charge. They're heading towards extinction actually, because a pure-bred animal cannot compete with a horde of unscrupulous hyenas...
Sorry Porsche, I used to like you...