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Diesel options
Diesel options
Diesel power would seem to be an easy answer to Porsche's fuel economy dilemma. Diesel engines deliver plenty of power with fuel economy that's up to 30% better than comparably-performing gasoline engines. Other German automakers, like BMW, have diesel engines in most of the cars they sell in Europe.

Porsche does offer a diesel version of its Cayenne SUV in Europe and is considering offering a diesel there in its four-door Panamera car.

But diesels aren't seen as an option for Porsche's most famous cars, its rear-engined sports cars like the 911 and Cayman. Diesels simply can't offer the overall driving experience Porsche sports car fans expect, Porsche spokesman Tony Fouladpour said.

For now, at least, Porsche won't even be offering a diesel Cayenne here in the U.S., but the Cayenne Hybrid, shown here, will hit the U.S. market later this year.

NEXT: Hybrid racer

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