Porsche's Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Is Crazy Powerful and Crazy Quick


Porsche has introduced two new top-of-the-line derivatives to its Cayenne line-up, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid & the Cayenne Coupe Turbo S E-Hybrid. With 670 hp and 663 ft lbs of torque apiece, the Turbo S E-Hybrid and Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe lead the 2020 Cayenne range.

The more-affordable Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid makes use of a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine good for 335PS coupled with a 134PS electric motor.

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 adaptive spoiler extends by 5.3 inches (135 mm) at speeds of 56 miles per hour and up to enhance aerodynamic stability.

The battery of the Cayenne plug-in hybrid can be recharged using a 400-volt connection in 2.4 hours, or in six hours when using 230 volts. This Turbo is every bit as well-mannered as the Cayenne S we've touted as the equivalent of a luxury sports sedan, only packing still more power and grip when we dialed all the electronics to red-mist mode.

Since the first version of the model series, the Cayenne E-Hybrid, can also be ordered again, a total of four different hybrid versions are now available from the Cayenne series. Unlike the more powerful models, though, the lesser E-Hybrid trim forgoes standard performance kit such as carbon-ceramic brakes, an active anti-roll bar, and the 7.2-kW charger (a 3.6-kW charger comes standard).

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Both models include 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats as standard equipment.

On the open road, pure electric driving will give you a speed of up to 135km/hr, acceleration from 0-100km/hr in 3.8 seconds and overall a top speed of 295km/hr. Partial credit goes to its launch-control system, an element of the $1130 Sport Chrono package.

Up to 22-inch lightweight alloy wheels in varying design and rear-axle steering are also available as optional extras.

All models arrive with a 2020 model year denotation and are available now. Top track speed for this model is 157 miles per hour. It comes with various driving modes - Hybrid Auto, Sport, Sport Plus modes, along with E-Charge and E-Hold settings.

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