Porsche has stated the company’s intent to ramp up to an electric future. It will arrive at warp speed later this year with the Taycan EV. Porsche has collected 30,000 pre-orders, which is almost as many customers as the amount of EVs it plans to produce its first year. The cheapest of the four planned EV variants, with an 80kWh battery and lots of range, is expected to cost around 90,000 euros.
In the meantime, Porsche is promoting its hybrids. Its 3 versions of Panamera hybrids and its Cayenne E-Hybrid are cheerleaders for the e-mobility trend Porsche has embraced; they’re “added-value" vehicles that perform better than non-hybrids – a stepping stone to Porsche’s electrification destination.
Motorweek.org has the best explanation for the 2019 Porsche Cayenne SE-Hybrid:
“Several global cities are planning to ban fossil fueled cars. So, the European approach to gas-electric hybrids has been to add limited EV range while also using the electric motor to boost performance. Porsche’s latest V6 hybrid system for the Panamera, is proving the viability of this approach, which now evolves to a reengineered 2019 Cayenne E-Hybrid SUV. While output of the single-turbo 3.0-liter V6 remains about the same as before, the electric motor gets a 43-percent boost… up to 100 kw. The denser, 14.1 kilowatt hour battery has about 30-percent more capacity…extending electric range to 27-miles… almost twice as much as the previous Cayenne S E-Hybrid. Total system output climbs to 455 horsepower. An 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission sends all that power to all 4 wheels.”
The Porsche Cayenne SE-Hybrid luxury SUV seats five and has standard all-wheel drive. A range of engines are offered, from a base V-6 to a twin-turbo V-8.
One of the most impressive advantages of the Cayenne Hybrid’s added electric motor is that when it’s used with the 3.0-liter V6 engine, it helps the midsize hybrid get to 60 mph in only 5.4 seconds.
The EPA has no test results for the 2019 model. The 2018 Cayenne SE-Hybrid was rated with 22MPG for combined city/highway, and 47MPGe when using only its electric battery, which has a 14-mile range. Using its gas engine, the hybrid has a Total Range of 490 miles.
If you’re looking for top-notch reliability, performance, quality, and technology in a luxury SUV with the Porsche nameplate on it, plus a splash of eco thrown in, this is the car for you. Keep in mind, the cost is steep; this hybrid’s base price is $81,100.00.
Its V6 engine and electric motor produce a combined 416 horsepower. While it’s a heavy car (5,000+ lbs), two Porsche systems keep it very agile: Torque Vectoring Plus reallocates power to different wheels; and Dynamic Chassis Control reduces body movement. The Cayenne Hybrid uses regenerative braking to slow the vehicle and recover energy. The SUV’s 8-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission produces shifts that are lightning fast and well-timed. The vehicle comes standard with all-wheel drive. Its infotainment platform, called Porsche Communication Management (PCM) allows you to set audio, navigation and communication functions with single taps on a 7-inch touch screen. J.D. Power and Associates assigned the 2016 Cayenne Hybrid the highest predicted reliability score available, which is reassuring to hybrid buyers concerned about dependability.
Says Car and Driver: "What’s most satisfying about the E-Hybrid is its consistency of character regardless of driving mode. The steering doesn’t have the immediacy of a sports car, but it’s nicely weighted and fully communicates what’s going on with the chassis. The tires bite into corners with eagerness, it would take a head-butt from a battleship to knock the tail out of line, and, despite whatever seductive dance was going on with the powertrain elements, there always seems to be plenty of power on hand to do something epic. The unsung hero here may be the eight-speed automatic doing the shifting; its behavior is always exemplary whether shifted manually or left to its own logic.
At this point the Cayenne is entrenched in the Porsche lineup, and the debate about its standing as a true Porsche is wholly academic. This is the machine that makes Porsche profitable. This is what a modern Porsche looks like and is. The E-Hybrid stands as a reflection of Porsche’s past stretching to Herr Doktor’s 1899 Lohner-Porsche hybrid and as a direct connection to modern Porsche hybrids like the road-bound 918 supercar and the 919 endurance racer. That something this electronically intensive, so heavy, and so not a sports car still feels like a Porsche is astonishing."
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