By Veeno Dewan
Porsche continues to focus on e-mobility, with the Cayenne SUV range following the Panamera series in now featuring a plug-in hybrid as its new flagship model. The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupé draw their system output of 670 HP from the intelligent interaction of a 541 HP four-litre V8 engine and a 134 HP electric motor integrated into the eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission. The maximum system torque of 663 lb.-ft. is available from just above idle. Both models accelerate from a standing start to 100 km/h in 3.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 295 km/h. This exceptional performance is matched by a high level of efficiency: the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupé can drive for up to 40 kilometres with zero local emissions, based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
In addition to the two top models, the hybrid range from Porsche now includes the new Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupé with system power of 455 HP, torque of 516 lb.-ft., and electric range of up to 43 kilometres, based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). Speeds of up to 135 km/h with purely electric power Like all Porsche plug-in hybrids, the new top-of-the-range model in the Cayenne family is also one of the sportiest vehicles in the premium segment – not in spite of its hybrid powertrain but because of it. In the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid models, the electric motor is located between the V8 engine and the eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission.
The two motors are interconnected via a separating clutch inside the hybrid module, referred to as the Electric Clutch Actuator (ECA). In E-Power driving mode, the electric motor can propel the vehicle up to a maximum speed of 135 km/h on its own. It can also be used in the other modes for an additional power boost. These modes are selectable via the standard Sport Chrono Package (Hybrid Auto, Sport, and Sport Plus). Porsche has taken this boost strategy from the 918 Spyder super sports car.
With the Cayenne Coupé, Porsche has added an even sportier variant to its successful SUV lineup. Highlights of the coupé include sharper lines with a unique roof and rear section, and an adaptive rear spoiler.
The lithium-ion battery is installed underneath the load space floor and has a capacity of 14.1 kWh. The high-voltage battery can be fully charged within 2.4 hours with the standard 7.2 kW onboard AC charger when using a 400-volt connection with a 16-amp fuse. The charging process takes six hours from a conventional domestic socket with a rating of 230 volts and 10 amps. Charging can also be scheduled via Porsche Communication Management (PCM) or the Porsche Connect app (for smartphones and Apple® Watch).
With the Cayenne Coupé, Porsche has added an even sportier variant to its successful SUV lineup. Highlights of the coupé include sharper lines with a unique roof and rear section, an adaptive rear spoiler, a rear seat bench with the characteristics of two individual seats, and two different roof designs: a panoramic fixed glass roof as standard and an optional carbon roof. Like the SUV, the SUV coupé is now available in two different hybrid versions: in combination with the 4.0-litre V8 twin turbo engine and with a 3.0-litre V6 turbo engine. The new Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupé has a system output of 455 HP and a system torque of 516 lb.-ft. In conjunction with the standard
All four different plug-in hybrid versions of the Cayenne are now available to order. Prices in Canada start at $93,000 for the Cayenne E-Hybrid and $99,000 for the Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupé. Arriving in Canada in the first quarter of 2020, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is available from $182,200, and the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupé starts at $187,100.