Porsche has always been associated with powerful sportscars, and in recent times with heavy SUVs and powerful albeit controversially-designed sedans. But with the new generation of the Cayenne, it will also be associated with hybrids, as the model will boast a petrol-electric hybrid version based on the Cayenne S edition.
Not much was known up until now, but the guys at Autocar had a recent go in it, and have revealed some very interesting things. First off, the car will use an Audi-sourced supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, capable of 325 HP and 324 lb-ft of torque, coupled with an electric motor capable of 38 kW and 184 lb-ft, which generate a combined output of 375 HP, 20 HP short of the regular Cayenne S which uses a 4.8-liter V8.
The battery powering the electric motor is located under the boot floor, and can allow the car to use the electric motor for just 1.2 miles and under 31 mph. A few other fuel saving systems were added, like a lighter Torsen four-wheel drive system, similar with the one used by the Audi Q7, and the eight-speed automatic gearbox will be decoupled from the engine, at speeds up to 98 mph, enabling the heavy SUV to “sail” according to Porsche.
All of these tricks will enable the Cayenne S hybrid to be the most fuel efficient vehicle in the whole Porsche lineup, averaging 34.5 mpg and emitting just 193 g/km of CO2. Performance won’t be sacrificed, with the German company promising a 0 to 62 mph time of 6.5 seconds and a towing capacity of 7,700 lb (3,500 kg).
Its drivers will be able to constantly monitor the hybrid drivetrain through a touchscreen monitor which displays the percentage of electric drive used while driving.
Overall, the Porsche Cayenne S hybrid sounds pretty good. What do you think? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.
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