Porsche's Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Is Crazy Powerful and Crazy Quick

Andrew Cummings
August 14, 2019

Its battery is a 14.1 kWh lithium ion pack that Porsche says is around 30 percent larger than any previously fitted to an electrified Cayenne and it allows the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid to travel up to 40 km (25 miles) before having to be recharged or using the V8 top it up. By contrast, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe and Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe feature two seating positions with separated individual bucket seats. Both drives are available in the Cayenne and Cayenne Coupé.

Building on the standard Cayenne E-Hybrid launched a year ago, the Turbo S swaps the 340kW/700Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine for a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 combined with a 100 kW electric motor for a total system output of 500kW/900Nm. But that feature also played into the performance of the previous-generation Cayenne Turbo S, which needed 3.8 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour and 12.2 for the quarter-mile, despite boasting 29 more horses from its larger twin-turbo 4.8-liter V-8 and weighing 18 pounds less than this portly 5148-pound five-seater.


Another such example is the new BMW 225xe Active Tourer which was announced on Friday (European time), and which with a 10kWh battery, 65kW electric motor and top electric speed of 131km/hr will offer up to 53km of zero emissions driving according to the German carmaker.

To this end, the PHEV version comes in with a fuel consumption rating of 3.4 litres per 100km compared with the ICE version's 11.9 litres per 100km, over a third less. In its press release, Porsche unfortunately only states values that were calculated back to NEDC - and not the new WLTP values. All of these features except PTV+ are optionally available on the V6-powered Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe. Using a 230-volt socket meanwhile takes six hours. The Turbo S models are the most powerful Cayenne variants ever built, producing a total system output of 670 horsepower and 663 pound-feet of torque from a 4.0-liter 541-hp twin-turbo V8 aided by a 134-hp electric motor.


The Turbo S E-Hybrid is available in the standard Cayenne and Cayenne Coupe body styles. The Cayenne E-Hybrid (from 91,684 Euro) and the Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe (from 95,968 Euro) are significantly cheaper. Sitting pretty at the top spot in the German automaker's luxury SUV line-up, the pair of gas-electric trucks demonstrate that one of the great things about electrification is that it can deliver you great heaping piles of power and torque. Not only the development of the new model on its own electric platform was expensive, but also the conversion of the plant in Zuffenhausen.

When it comes to electrification, Porsche puts its money where its mouth is.


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