Is there something incongruous about a hybrid Porsche? On the contrary – the world’s first hybrid was designed and built by Ferdinand Porsche himself in 1899.
Porsche will introduce its third plug-in hybrid model when the new generation of the Cayenne goes on sale later this year. The premium SUV will be offered in five different versions, including the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which will replace the plain-old-hybrid Cayenne S Hybrid.
The Cayenne S E-Hybrid shares most of its plug-in powertrain components with the Panamera S E-Hybrid. It has a 3.0-liter 333 hp supercharged V6 and a 95 hp (70 kW) electric motor, giving it a total system power of 416 hp (310 kW) at 5,500 rpm, and a total system torque of 435 lb-ft (590 N·m). A 10.8 kWh battery enables an electric range of 11-22 miles. The spicy SUV goes 0-62 in 5.4 seconds and has a top speed of 151 mph.
All the new Cayenne models have various fuel-saving features, including “auto stop-start function plus” and active air flaps that are opened or closed according to the driving situation and cooling demands. When open, they provide more air for cooling, and when closed they improve aerodynamics.
“Power and torque were boosted while improving efficiency,” said the company of its new-generation Cayennes. “For Porsche, these are not incompatible or contradictory goals; they were enabled by numerous individual modifications to the entire drivetrain.”