Leaner, meaner and with a higher level of standard specifications, Porsche’s engineers have worked miracles to squeeze even more power, performance and fuel economy into the latest Cayenne.
Despite being first and foremost a sportscar and supercar maker, Porsche is environmentally conscious and has become obsessed with cutting emissions and increasing fuel efficiency without diluting driving dynamics. And, as such is prepared to drop cylinders in favor of turbochargers and to look to battery as well as petrol power.
As a result, when the new car goes on sale in October, it will be the world’s first premium SUV to offer a plug-in hybrid option in the form of the Cayenne S E-Hybrid which borrows some of the technological tricks that the company developed for its 918 Spyder hypercar so that it is as fast as it is frugal.
The S E-Hybrid combines a 95hp electric motor with a three-liter, 333hp, supercharged V6, which when working together offer a 0-62 mph (100km/h) time of 5.9 seconds, a top speed of 151 mph (243km/h) and a combined cycle fuel consumption of 83mpg (3.4 l/100 km).
The car can be driven solely on the electric motor for up to 36km (22 miles) and can be recharged either from the grid by plugging it in or by drawing power form the petrol engine when in motion. But hybrid is but one of five power and model choices. The Cayenne will come in two diesel variants — the V6, 262hp 137mph (221km/h) Cayenne Diesel and V8, 385hp 156mph (252kph) Cayenne Diesel S.
Meanwhile the new Cayenne S gets a completely new 3.6-liter V6 bi-turbo engine, developed from the ground up by Porsche and which promises up to 28.8mpg, 420hp, a 0-62mph time of 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 161mph (259km/h), all of which are improvements over the bigger V8 engine that powered the second-generation Cayenne S.
Prices in Europe will start at €66,260 for the Diesel and top out at €128,378, before optional extras, for the Turbo.
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