The Porsche Cayenne was first introduced in 2002 and since it launched it has continuously evolved in performance, further proving year after year that Porsche’s distinctive DNA applies to any and every type of vehicle including a sport utility vehicle.
Porsche has considerably expanded the Porsche Cayenne lineup in recent years, and currently offers multiple engine options, two body styles, and numerous versions. Two electrified Cayenne models also exist, the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid and the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid.
Both are powered by a plug-in hybrid powertrain that combines a traditional combustion engine with a battery and electric motor. Let’s take a closer look.
Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid
Starting at $95,500, the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is offered in both standard and Coupe trims. It features a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 that delivers 335 horsepower, the same as found in the entry-level Cayenne. However, it adds a 100-kW electric motor that adds 134 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, pushing the total output of the Cayenne E-Hybrid to 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.
That means that the Cayenne E-Hybrid is actually more powerful than the Porsche Cayenne, Cayenne S, or Cayenne GTS. It reaches 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds and can cover 27 kilometres on electric power alone. It features the same cargo area and interior space as the traditional Cayenne. The major advantage of the E-Hybrid is its ability to drive on electric power alone, meaning that most owners should be able to cover a significant portion of their daily commute without needing a single drop of fuel.
Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid replaced the Turbo S atop the Cayenne family as the most powerful, quickest Cayenne currently available. That was until the introduction of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT which was introduced last year. Still, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid does a remarkable job combining and harnessing the potential of an electric powertrain in delivering outstanding performance.
The Turbo S E-Hybrid features a twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 paired with the same electric motor as the E-Hybrid, The final output is quite higher, however, given the V8’s base 541 horsepower. Total horsepower reaches 670 ponies and 664 pound-feet of torque, enough to power the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid to 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds. No other Cayenne can match the Turbo S E-Hybrid, with the exception of the Turbo GT which does the same sprint in 3.3 seconds.
Still, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid delivers the same 27 kilometres of all-electric range, providing its owner with one of the fastest Porsche models available, and certainly one of the most efficient.