The engine is a turbocharged, intercooled 2.4-liter straight-six, rated at 106 horsepower. In a car weighing 3,217 pounds, performance with the turbodiesel was nowhere near as sprightly as that experienced in the 154-horse 740 GLE Turbo gasoline-burner, and the price tags on both cars were very similar.
So an American purchaser of a 760 GLE Turbodiesel had to be willing to put up with slower acceleration and the sounds and smells of 1980s diesel technology, in exchange for greater efficiency and a more European look.
Was it worth it? Over this car's nearly quarter-million miles on the road, the cumulative savings on fuel versus a 740 GLE Turbo would have been substantial, and then there's diesel-engine longevity to be considered.
This car was built for the American market and was not a gray-market import (according to the build tags and emissions labels), but perhaps the original purchaser was a European expat who preferred diesel power and a four-speed manual transmission with overdrive unit.
Handbuilt by Swedes!