The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, the latest compact SUV from the VW Group, promises top-notch performance. Available in the regular and new coupe body style, the new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid claims to be the most powerful SUV that the Volkswagen Group currently manufactures.
An eight-cylinder, electrically assisted model, the SUV features the same running gear as the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, meaning it has a 542bhp turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine that is linked to an electric motor that delivers an extra 134bhp. Both units produce a total of 671bhp with 900Nm of torque. Power is delivered to the all-wheel-drive system via an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox.
As standard, the Turbo S E-Hybrid includes the Chrono Sports Package, which ensures 0 to 62mph in 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 183mph, which is 0.6 seconds faster than both the new 718 Cayman GT4 and the latest 911 Carrera. The electric motor is fed by a 14.1kWh battery that is mounted on the rear axle, giving the SUV 645 liters of cargo space. Meanwhile, the Coupe has 500 liters of trunk space. Porsche says the new model can run on electric power for just 25 miles at speeds of up to 84mph.
The battery takes two hours twenty-four minutes to recharge using a standard 7.2kW onboard charger, or roughly six hours with a standard household plug. The Turbo S E-Hybrid starts in E-Power mode with the engine kicking in if the throttle is floored or the battery is running low. The steering wheel-mounted drive-selector switch enables drivers to select from E-Power, E-Hybrid, Sport and Sport Plus modes while maintaining the balance between hybrid efficiency and performance.
Given its electrical assistance, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid can provide 52.3mpg (WLTP), with CO2 emissions of 90g/km. When the WLTP CO2 goes into effect in April 2020, that number will increase to 122g/km. Porsche Active Suspension Management adds adaptive dampers with an array of settings, connected with standard three-chamber, adjustable-height air suspension. The new Cayenne also features ceramic brakes, which measure 440mm in diameter at the front and 410mm at the rear.
As far as style goes, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is similar to other models in its range, though it does feature distinctive fluorescent green badging and brake callipers. Porsche is now taking orders for the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, with first deliveries expected for October. Prices will start from £123,349.