An awful lot of posts on this one..
Diesel engines produce tremdous low end torque while using little fuel to do it. And because of the combustion ratios needed all the parts have to be very strong as compaired to a gasoline engine. It's the high compression, lean burn, and strong parts that make diesels attractive to real men.
And to say that you don't like the noise or smell? Well.. your not a real guy in my book. Hum.. I think the gaydar's going off on that one.
All we'd need is an all iron inline 4 cylinder turbo diesel. That configuration of a powerplant would easily support 500ft lbs of torque w/o much modification. The rear end would take it.. but the auto tranny would need some improvements. (the mustang guys can break a stock one at around 450rwtq.
I'd definately be a buyer if they came out with one for the US markets.