August 29, 2023, 10:29 am
Porsche today unveiled the new Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid, a model that follows the recent trend of German high-performance models to become more powerful by integrating with hybrid powertrains. Mercedes did the same with several AMG models, including V8 engines, BMW with the XM, and now Porsche is following the trend with the Cayenne, which combines a V8 engine with a single electric motor in a plug-in hybrid drive system.
The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 engine produces 599 hp. The electric motor produces another 176 hp, but together the two motors will produce a maximum of 739 hp. and 950 Nm. However, these parameters are enough to once again create the most powerful production Cayenne model of all time.
The maximum speed reaches 295 km/h, and the acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h is 3.7 seconds. Some fans of the brand might expect a little faster acceleration if there was still so much power, but the truth is that such plug-in hybrid systems are also very heavy. The new Cayenne has a 25.9 kWh battery, the same as the Nissan Leaf once had. Even with today’s more advanced energy density settings, the battery still has to weigh over 100kg, and besides that, there’s also an electric motor and additional modules. Instead, with this battery, the car will be able to drive 82 km in pure electric mode.
However, consumption in electric mode is very high – 30.2 kWh/100 km. In the first hundred kilometers, of which 92 km can be driven on electric power, Porsche promises a consumption of 1.9 liters per 100 km. This figure is so irrelevant for plug-in hybrids that we often wonder why it is being reported, misleading the public about the actual gas mileage of such vehicles.