Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Latest Porsche Cayenne delivers more power with plug-in hybrid electric powertrain

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Ginger Lawrence | 14 August, 2019, 07:01

Porsche has introduced the new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe. The plug-ins also score a host of factory-fitted equipment as standard, including the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Controlelectric roll stabilisation system, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus rear-axle differential lock, ceramic composite brakes and the Sport Chrono Package.

Presently, the Cayenne is available as a Turbo & E-Hybrid. Aided by a fresh set of dealer-installed Pirelli P Zero Corsa PZC4 summer performance tires ($2110) in their newly staggered widths that put more rubber on the pavement in the rear, this example ripped to 60 miles per hour in a mere 3.5 seconds behind its 541-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 and crossed the quarter-mile mark in 12.1 seconds at 115 miles per hour. The new Turbo S E-Hybrid though combines the power of the raging V8 with that of the same E-Hybrid powertrain. The Turbo S E-Hybrid, on the other hand, uses a four-litre V8 engine with a system output of 500 kW. The upgraded charger enables a complete recharge of the 14.1 kWh battery in as little as 2.4 hours when using a 240-volt connection with a 50-amp circuit.

There will be, soon, two even more capable and even more expensive models: a very likely Turbo S variant that will squeeze an unspecified additional chunk of horsepower from the V-8 and the Turbo S E-Hybrid packing the 680-hp combined engine-plus-electric-motor output found in the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Panamera Sport Turismo but mated to a conventional eight-speed automatic and not the Panamera's eight-speed dual-clutch trans.

The data look much better when charging: While many plug-in hybrids do not achieve more than 3.7 kW charging power, the AC onboard charger in the Cayenne delivers up to 7.2 kW. Partial credit goes to its launch-control system, an element of the $1130 Sport Chrono package. This package, which is now available in two forms, adds a wide range of exterior and interior equipment.

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The 2020 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe works with the same 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 and e-motor as in the Cayenne E-Hybrid, putting out an identical 455 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque combined. Top track speed for this model is 157 miles per hour.

Fortunately, Porsche also adds the Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid for those on a five-figure budget.

However, all this also comes at a typical Porsche price: the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is available from 172,604 Euro, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupé from 176,293 Euro.

The Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe also has a few extra standard features over the standard Cayenne E-Hybrid.