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orsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

The Cayenne was Porsche’s first SUV so it makes sense that the 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is the world’s first plug-in hybrid SUV. This model makes three plug-in hybrid models in the Porsche stable, the most of any international car manufacturer. Joining the 918 Spyder super sport and the Panamera S E-Hybrid, the Cayenne plug-in sets the Porsche brand clearly apart from the completion in the race toward environmentally conscious power. In Arizona, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid will be available from Porsche of Tucson.

Drivers universally report being thrilled with the new model’s feel and performance. Powered by a combination of a supercharged 3.0 litre V6 with 333 horsepower, a 95 horsepower synchronous electric motor, and a Tiptronic eight-speed automatic transmission, the all-wheel drive vehicle can be powered with electricity, combustion or a combination of both. The secret to the Cayenne S E-Hybrid’s improved performance over the similarly-powered Panamera S E-Hybrid is Cayenne’s 10.8-kWh lithium-ion battery, providing up to 22 miles of pure electric power at speeds up to 78 mph. Panamera’s battery clocks in at only 9.4-kWh.

The Cayenne S E-Hybrid defaults to electric power as long as it has charge, after which is reverts to hybrid mode. With a standard voltage charging hookup, full charge takes almost four hours, although that can be reduced to a mere 90 minutes with a high-voltage feed. With a curb weight of about 5200 pounds, it can do zero to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and tops out at 151 mph when both the engine and electric motor are actualized. Under gas power, the EPA rates the Cayenne S E-Hybrid at 21 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.

Thus far, car reviewers and enthusiasts love the 2014 Cayenne S E-Hybrid, introduced to the media with a drive through Frankfurt and the surrounding countryside, touring cities, villages, country roads and motorways free of speed limits. Its braking is praised for being less like a hybrid and more like a traditional performance vehicle. Despite its efficiency, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid suffers no compromises in performance.

Physically, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid is reported to virtually indistinguishable from the non-electric models, sporting the new bumpers, suspension and steering that marked the models’ recent upgrade. Likewise with the interior amenities, other than the addition of two additional console-mounted buttons, “E-Power” and “E-Charge.” The former actuates the electric motor and the latter switches to combustion, allowing the driver to conserve electrical charge for specific purpose.

Until the 2015 Cayenne S E-Hybrid arrives stateside, American drivers will be content to enjoy the full contingent of Porsche Cayenne models, including the base model, the Cayenne Turbo, Cayenne GTS and the Cayenne S.

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

The 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid