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When we went out to the attractive Willamette Valley of Oregon to place the plug-in hybrid Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid by its paces final month, there was a bonus SUV ready for us: the all-new 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. Porsche has formally taken the wraps off this $161,000 V8 PHEV, together with a pair of coupes: the V6 Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe and the V8 Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe.
The Turbo S E-Hybrid is Porsche’s most-powerful SUV, able to 670hp (493kW) and 663lb-ft (899Nm) of torque. Most of the facility comes courtesy of the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which spits out 541hp (404kW), whereas the remainder is produced by a 134hp (100kW) electrical motor mounted between the internal-combustion engine and an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission. Like the bottom Cayenne hybrid, drivers can choose from a handful of drive modes to dial in the popular steadiness of efficiency and economic system. In Sport+ mode, the S Turbo continuously costs the battery sufficient so you possibly can all the time get that further oomph from the motor-engine combo. It’s the identical powertrain as you may discover within the Panamera.
Using the phrase “economy” along with very quick Porsche could seem odd, however the Cayenne’s E-Hybrid mode—the default when the automotive begins up—makes use of the electrical motor for propulsion till the battery is sapped or the driving force asks for greater than the electrical motor is able to. The electrical bits within the Turbo S seem like the identical as the bottom mannequin: a 14.1kWh lithium-ion battery paired with a 7.2kW onboard charger. EPA mileage (and vary) figures have not been finalized, however our temporary time behind the wheel led us to consider it could are available at round 20 miles of vary on battery energy.
No one will likely be shopping for the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid due to its battery-only vary, nonetheless. This automotive is designed for individuals who need to drive quick, in consolation. And it delivers. My time behind the wheel of the V8 Cayenne PHEV variant was temporary, nevertheless it was sufficient to get the adrenaline pumping. The 670hp of horsepower interprets to an electronically restricted prime velocity of 183mph (294km/h) and a zero-to-60 time of three.6 seconds. In apply, which means it screams off the blocks and has loads of oomph to go slowpokes on the winding mountain roads out of the Willamette Valley.
The Cayenne S Turbo E-Hybrid is not simply quick—it is a pleasure to drive. The 18-way adjustable seats permit allow you to discover the perfect driving place, and the SUV is extremely responsive. It could also be an SUV, nevertheless it does not really feel like one once you’re altering lanes or flying round a curve. It’s rock-solid the entire manner. You could even end up opening it up simply so you possibly can hear the wonderful sounds the Cayenne makes.
Porsche calls it a coupe
In addition to the S Turbo E-Hybrid, Porsche has a pair of what it’s calling coupes on your consideration. The Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe—nonetheless an SUV, however with totally different styling—has the identical 3.0L turbocharged V6 because the Cayenne E-Hybrid, with the identical specs (455hp (340kW) and 516lb-ft (700Nm) of torque). There’s additionally a V8 Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe with the identical internals because the Turbo S Cayenne E-Hybrid. The Coupe swaps out the bench seat within the second row for a pair of bucket seats and loses some cargo area within the rear as a consequence of an aggressively sloped roofline (about 0.78in/20mm decrease than the SUV); other than that and some different beauty variations, the Coupes have the entire similar choices accessible as the opposite Cayennes. The V6 Coupe begins at $86,400, whereas the V8 variant has an MSRP of $164,400.
At their $160,000-plus worth factors, the Cayenne S Turbo E-Hybrid just isn’t for the faint of coronary heart or skinny of pockets. It additionally has only a few friends relating to efficiency. The Lamborghini Urus is quicker—and possibly a bit extra rewarding to drive—nevertheless it’s no less than $40,000 extra. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio will go as quick, however the $80,000 Alfa is a rawer, less-refined experience with much less cargo area. There’s the Tesla Model X, which is quicker to 60mph than anything in SUV land. But not everybody is prepared for the tradeoffs that include proudly owning a BEV.
The new Cayennes will start arriving at US dealerships within the first quarter of 2020.
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