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Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E Hybrid Coupe

Plug-in Hybrid


Seats 5

22.7ft3 Cargo


17.9kWh Battery-

Every Porsche is first and foremost a sports car and Porsche wants you to know that!

The electrified 2021 Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid combines a 541HP twin-turbo V8 with a 134HP electric motor to create an extravagant 670 combined output. That’s a mind boggling number. It’s fast as well, jetting from 0 to 60mph in 3.5 seconds. Speeds of 83mph are easily reached in Electric Mode without the gas ever switching on. And for one test drive team, this over-achiever has covered a quarter mile in 11.5 seconds at 121mph. It’s one of the quickest Sport Utility Vehicles with hybrid power any manufacturer has ever created, providing the brand with massive street and industry cred. For 2021, the model gets a slightly larger electric battery capacity of 17.9kWh, further enhancing its e-mobility status.

The two decade journey of the Cayenne to its present day form is an amazing story. Almost twenty years after Porsche presented the company’s first SUV to the world public, Cayenne Number 1,000,000 rolled off the production line in Bratislava, Slovakia – a GTS in Carmine Red that was delivered to a German customer.

Porsche began thinking about creating its first SUV in the late 1980’s. Following a downturn in sales, it knew it needed to expand its product line. Built at a new plant in Leipzig, the “sporty, all-terrain utility vehicle” quickly evolved to become Porsche’s third pillar of the business behind the 911 and Boxster. It was also the driving force that helped to pull the company out of its financial crisis. Debuting in September 2002 at the Paris Auto Show, it became an instant winner with consumers. The German automaker chose the name Cayenne for its “sport-ute” because the word is understood worldwide to be synonymous with spiciness, adventure and a joy for life.

Says Porsche: “The Cayenne is the epitome of an SUV and has established an entire segment. It continues to set new standards and to surpass itself. It rescued the company from a crisis, pioneered hybridization and set new records. Porsche grew in size and profitability thanks to the Cayenne. To this day, this SUV is a symbol for the success story of the company.”

Over the decades, Cayenne designers have strived to create an elegant visual appearance paired with striking sportiness, a luxurious interior and super performance standards. Each year, they outdo themselves. The result is a PHEV that sits atop the luxury SUV segment. Before exploring the nitty gritty essentials, you should know that the 2021 Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid’s MSRP begins at $163,200 and quickly inflates depending on add-ons you select. So if that’s outta your price range, read no further.

But if cost is no problem and you’re looking for the most powerful engine output in the model range, this is your car. Simply put: the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid will make your pulse race. The verdict for a super-majority of reviewers is this: the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid blends E-Performance and electromobility with supercar performance and SUV practicality.

Says reviewer Drew Dorian: “The 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo is so powerful and so fun to drive, it's easy to forget you're piloting an SUV. Its precise steering, adjustable air suspension, and responsive engine combine to make it feel more like a sports sedan. Futuristically luxurious, the interior of the 2021 Porsche Cayenne Turbo is as visually impressive as the SUV's performance is thrilling. Build quality is exceptional, and the cabin is completely customizable since Porsche allows you to individually select everything from the interior trim to the seatbelt colors to the surface materials. There's also an endless list of optional luxuries, including more supportive sport seats, massaging front seats, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, and four-zone climate control. All Cayenne Turbo models come with a heated steering wheel and heated front and rear seats. The slick gauge cluster is similar to Porsche's 911, with an analog tachometer flanked by two 7.0-inch screens that display selectable information, including navigation maps. The driving position is perfect, and interior space is generous. Although a third row is not offered, the Cayenne Turbo seats five comfortably, and its adjustable back seat provides plenty of head- and legroom. Cargo volume is also ample. There's 27 cubic feet of space behind the Cayenne's rear seats and up to 60 cubes with the rear seats folded flat.”

Design-wise, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid exterior evokes athleticism. Three lightweight sport packages offer a contoured carbon fiber roof with panoramic fixed glass, 22-inch GT Design wheels, an carbon fiber interior package and centrally positioned sport exhausts. LED-Matrix design headlights include cornering lights and automatic high beam assistant. Four-point daytime running lights make this hybrid instantly recognizable. Across its entire rear, Cayenne displays an energized light strip reminding onlookers and following vehicles of the car’s unusual DNA. An adaptive rear spoiler which extends to a height of 135mm minimizes airflow and downforce.

The 2021 Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is installed with Porsche’s latest infotainment system, which features an easy to operate 12.3-inch touchscreen centrally mounted in the dashboard. Using Porsche Connect Plus, it includes a 4G LTE mobile WiFi hotspot and Apple CarPlay capability but fails to include Android Auto. The car’s BOSE Surround Sound System uses 14 speakers with an output of 710 watts. Porsche’s Communication Management (PCM) includes Online Navigation Module, mobile phone preparation, audio interfaces including Bluetooth, USB, and Aux-in. The car has an HD Radio Receiver and uses Voice Control.

Standard on this hybrid are numerous safety and driver assistance features including forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors. Other optional active driver aids are available, including a night-vision system, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist.

The car comes in one trim only with the following standard features: a leather interior; a heated multifunction steering wheel in Turbo design with shift-paddles with rim in smooth-finish leather; a steering wheel with electric fore/aft and height adjustment; automatically dimming interior and exterior mirrors; interior trim in Cross Brushed Aluminum; an Alcantara roof lining; door sill guards in Brushed Aluminum with model designation on front and rear; an analog clock on the dashboard; three 12V plug sockets (1 front center console, 1 below glove compartment, 1 rear luggage compartment); 4 USB-C charging ports (2 front center console, 2 rear center console); stainless steel pedals and Turbo specific interior trim in silver.

The hybrid’s 2-zone climate control has separate temperature settings for the driver and front passenger; an automatic air recirculation mode which includes an air quality sensor, a particle/pollen filter with active carbon filter, tinted thermally-insulated glass all around with a grey top-tint on the windshield, and auxiliary cabin conditioning.

Regarding the PHEV’s handling, reviewer Michael Butler says: “We don't know how Porsche does it, but time after time, it manages to make the Cayenne drive better than almost anything else in its class. The Cayenne is one of the best handling SUVs ever created, and that's a large part of the reason why we love it so much. Porsche has managed to develop a chassis that delivers crisp turn-in and a responsive front end that goes precisely where you tell it to. The hybrid versions do weigh between 582 and 619 lbs more than their equivalent gas-powered siblings, but they still manage to handle beautifully.”

The car has been given a 42 MPGe combined/city/highway rating by the EPA. Driving with gas alone, it gets an 18 MPG combined/city/highway EPA rating. These figures aren’t great when compared to competitors, such as the BMW X5 xDrive45e, which boasts a 50 MPGe rating, a 20 MPG EPA rating and a 30-mile all-electric range. The BMW’s MSRP is $17,000 less, it can seat 7 people rather than 5, and has 14 more cubic feet of overall cargo space. But you won’t convince many Porsche fans to switch. For customers who can afford its steep price tag, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid’s dynamic styling, luxurious interior and electrified supercar strength make it a hands down favorite.

The 2021 Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid qualifies for a Federal Tax Credit of $7,500, as well as a California Clean Fuel Award Program rebate of $1,500.’s verdict? “Cayenne is the driving enthusiast's first choice for a luxury SUV.”

May 2021 Review



  • Engine: 4.0 liter Twin-turbocharged V8 / E Machine – 670HP / 663Lb-Ft
  • 17.9 kWh Lithium Ion Traction Battery
  • E Mobility: Porsche Mobile Charger (AC) incl. transport bag; Two power supply cables (1) 240 volt NEMA 6-50 plug, (1) 120 volt type B plug; One J1772 plug with 14.8 foot charging cable; Basic wall mount with plug holder for Porsche Mobile Charger; Vehicle charging port at rear left of vehicle (J1772); 7.2 kW On-board Charger; Porsche Car Connect: E-Mobility Services
  • 0–60mph in 3.6 seconds
  • Towing capacity: 6,600 pounds
  • Drivetrain features: Water-cooling with thermal management; Turbochargers with twin-scroll turbines; Charge-air cooling; Direct fuel injection (DFI) with central injector position; VarioCam; Active cooling air flap control
  • Transmission: 8-speed Tiptronic S, with manual actuation and automatic mode
  • Porsche Traction Management (PTM): active all-wheel drive with electronic and map-controlled multi-plate clutch with automatic brake differential (ABD) and anti-slip regulation (ASR)
  • Integrated Porsche 4D-Chassis Control
  • Adaptive Air Suspension incl. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)
  • Power Steering Plus
  • 21" AeroDesign Wheels
  • Front: 9.5J x 21 ET 46 wheels with 285/40 ZR21 tires
  • Rear: 11.0J x 21 ET 58 wheels with 315/35 ZR21 tires
  • All-season tires
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB)
  • Front brakes: 10-piston aluminum monobloc fixed calipers with 440 mm cross-drilled and internally vented brake discs
  • Rear brakes: 4-piston aluminum monobloc fixed calipers with 410 mm cross-drilled and internally vented brake discs
  • Brake calipers in Acid Green
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electric parking brake
  • Sport Chrono Package
  • Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC)
  • Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV+)
  • LED headlights incl. Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS)
  • Four-point LED daytime running lights in each headlight
  • Front corner lights with LED position light and direction indicator
  • Courtesy lighting on mirror
  • Automatic headlight activation incl. "Welcome Home" lighting
  • Three-dimensional LED taillights with integral 4-point brake lights and light strip


  • Interior lighting: illumination of interior door openers, front center console storage compartment, front door storage compartments, reading lights and interior lights in front, reading lights rear left and right, orientation lighting front and rear, front footwell lights, illuminated vanity mirrors for driver and passenger, luggage compartment lighting, glove compartment lighting
  • Two-zone climate control with separate temperature settings for driver and front passenger; automatic air recirculation mode incl. air quality sensor
  • Particle/pollen filter with active carbon filter
  • Tinted thermally-insulated glass all around with grey top-tint on windshield
  • Auxiliary cabin conditioning
  • 18-way seats in front with memory package
  • Integrated headrests (front)
  • Heated seats (front and rear)
  • 4+1 seating concept
  • Rear seats with folding center armrest and individually folding backrests (40:20:40)
  • "turbo S" logo embossed on headrests (front and rear)
  • Porsche Side Impact Protection System (POSIP), comprising side impact protection elements in the doors, thorax airbags integrated into the side bolster of each front seat
  • Full-size airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Knee airbags for driver and front passenger
  • Front side airbags
  • Rear side airbags
  • Curtain airbags along entire roof frame and side windows from the A-pillar to the C-pillar left and right
  • Mounting points on rear seats for LATCH child seat mounting system
  • Engine immobilizer with remote central locking and alarm system with radar-based interior surveillance
  • Warn and Brake Assist
  • ParkAssist (front and rear) with reversing camera
  • Power Steering Plus
  • Cruise control
  • Keyless drive; vehicle ignition without active key usage
  • HomeLink® programmable garage door opener
  • Porsche Communication Management (PCM) incl. Online Navigation Module, mobile phone preparation, audio interfaces including Bluetooth, USB, and Aux-in
  • Connect Plus incl. Online Navigation Module, Wireless Apple CarPlay, telephone module, and wireless internet access, as well as Porsche Car Connect including Carfinder, Remote Vehicle Status, and Remote Services
  • BOSE Surround Sound ­System with 14 speakers incl. subwoofer; total output of 710 watts
  • SiriusXM Radio (with 3-month trial)
  • HD Radio Receiver
  • Voice Control
  • Central analog tachometer with black dial face, "turbo S" logo, power meter, and needles in Acid Green
  • Instrument cluster with two high-resolution displays
  • Leather interior in standard colors, smooth-finish leather
  • Door armrest front center console with integrated storage compartment
  • Heated multifunction steering wheel in Turbo design with shift-paddles with rim in smooth-finish leather
  • Steering wheel with electric fore/aft and height adjustment
  • Automatically dimming interior and exterior mirrors
  • Interior Trim in Cross Brushed Aluminum
  • Roof lining in Alcantara® incl. A-, B-, C-pillars and sun visors
  • Door sill guards in Brushed Aluminum with model designation on front and rear
  • Analog clock on the dashboard
  • Three 12V plug sockets (1 front center console, 1 below glove compartment, 1 rear luggage compartment)
  • Four USB-C charging ports (2 front center console, 2 rear center console)
  • Two integrated cupholders in the front center armrest
  • Two integrated cupholders in foldable rear armrest
  • Bottle holder in each door panel front and rear
  • Stainless steel pedals
  • Turbo specific interior trim in Silver
  • Floor mats


  • Fully galvanized steel/aluminum hybrid lightweight bodyshell
  • Hood, tailgate, doors, fenders, and roof in aluminum
  • Four doors with integrated side impact protection system
  • Windshield washer system incl. rain sensor
  • Panoramic Roof System
  • Rear wiper
  • Electrically adjustable, folding, and heatable exterior mirrors
  • Side window trim in Silver
  • Privacy glass for rear windows
  • Automatic rear hatch
  • Adaptive rear spoiler in exterior color
  • Outer air intake frames and center air intake slats in High Gloss Black
  • Lower door trim and rear fascia in exterior color
  • Twin dual-tube Turbo tailpipes, outside left and right, in brushed stainless steel
  • "e-hyrbid" logo on front fenders in High Gloss Silver with border in Acid Green
  • Model designation on rear hatch in High Gloss Silver with border in Acid Green
  • "PORSCHE" logo integrated into rear light strip in High Gloss Silver
  • Exterior mirror lower trim painted in exterior color
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