Latest Porsche Cayenne delivers more power with plug-in hybrid electric powertrain

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Besides introducing the two high-performance models, Porsche also announced the Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe. Potentially changing all perceptions about hybrid cars is the latest offering from Porsche - the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupé.

You can find out more details about the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe and SUV over at Porsche at the link below. Not only the development of the new model on its own electric platform was expensive, but also the conversion of the plant in Zuffenhausen. Partial credit goes to its launch-control system, an element of the $1130 Sport Chrono package. Packing a peak 670 horsepower from its gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain, the Turbo S E-Hybrid combines the 541-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 of the Cayenne Turbo with the 134-hp electric motor of the Cayenne E-Hybrid.

In the US, prices for the Porsche Turbo S E-Hybrid start at $161,900 for the regular body style and $164,400 for the Coupe. The price is just as high as the output, with the Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe starting at $165,750 including destination.

This enables the crossover to run from 0-60 miles per hour (0-96 km/h) in 4.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 157 miles per hour (253 km/h).

Porsche will add new, plug-in hybrid flagship to its Cayenne range, with Australian deliveries to begin arriving in December. Of particular significance, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+) and Sport Chrono Package are all included from the factory as standard.

Both models include 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats as standard equipment. 21-inch AeroDesign Wheels plus wheel arch extensions are fitted, too, while the Sport Exhaust and rear-axle steering are optional.

A series of drive modes have also been taken from the Porsche 918 Spyder hypercar, which can be used to either maximise performance or range. Two versions of the package will be available and they save up to 48 lbs (22 kg) of weight. Top speed is an electronically-limited 183 miles per hour. It puts out a net 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, enough to shove the auto to 60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds before topping out at 157 mph.

For most South Africans, our first port of call when it comes to hybrid cars is the Toyota Prius, which isn't exactly a vehicle that's exciting to drive. Porsche is remaining mum on the combined driving range for the new hybrid SUVs, however which makes us think that they will likely require trips to a charging station quite often.

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

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