A new 670-bhp Turbo S E-Hybrid serves as the crossover’s flagship trim.
The 2020 Porsche Cayenne welcomes a new flagship trim with the arrival of the Turbo S E-Hybrid. Packing a peak 670 bhp from its petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, the Turbo S E-Hybrid combines the 541-bhp twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 of the Cayenne Turbo with the 134-bhp electric motor of the Cayenne E-Hybrid. That’s enough grunt to get the crossover to 60 miles per hour in a manufacturer-claimed 3.6 seconds and take it to a top speed of 183 mph.
Available in either the standard Cayenne body style or the sleeker Cayenne Coupe, the Turbo S E-Hybrid comes standard with a load of standard performance features, including giant carbon-ceramic brakes, active anti-roll bars, a torque-vectoring rear end, and the brand’s Sport Chrono package, which adds the likes of a steering-wheel-mounted mode selector switch and launch control. The top-end model also includes a 7.2-kilowatt charging cable that allows the crossover’s 14.1-kilowatt-hour battery pack to get a full charge in less than two-and-a-half hours on a 240-volt plug with a 50-amp circuit.
Gallery: 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, Coupe Turbo S E-Hybrid, and Coupe E-Hybrid
The Turbo S E-Hybrid offers more than 19 miles of all-electric driving range when placed in its emissions-free E-Power setting. There are also Hybrid Auto, Sport, and Sport Plus modes, as well as E-Charge and E-Hold settings, the latter of which maintain the battery pack’s state of charge or use the V8 engine to add juice on the go.
The extra oomph of the Turbo S E-Hybrid comes at a cost, though, and the model wears a starting price of £123,349 RRP (add £2,597 for the Coupe). That’s nearly £25,000 more than the cost of the standard Cayenne Turbo.
Fortunately, Porsche also adds the Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid for those on a five-figure budget. The £71,424 RRP model serves as a stylish alternative to the currently available Cayenne E-Hybrid which starts from £68,358 RRP. Like its squarer sibling, the Cayenne Coupe E-Hybrid relies on a 335-bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 engine and a 134-bhp electric motor for motivation. The combined efforts of the two power sources net 455 peak bhp.
Given the Coupe E-Hybrid shares its battery pack with its Turbo S E-Hybrid stablemates, the model has an all-electric driving range of 22 miles before switching over to its petrol-electric Hybrid Auto drive mode. Unlike the more powerful models, though, the lesser E-Hybrid trim forgoes standard performance kit such as carbon-ceramic brakes, an active anti-roll bar, and the 7.2-kW charger (a 3.6-kW charger comes standard). Still, Porsche notes that the E-Hybrid is optionally available with almost all of the Turbo S E-Hybrid’s ancillary performance items, save for its torque-vectoring rear end.
Regardless of your tastes or budget, you'll need to wait a few months to get your hands on the latest crop of Cayenne models, as the Turbo S E-Hybrid, Coupe Turbo S E-Hybrid, and Coupe E-Hybrid are all due to arrive during the first quarter of 2020. However, UK order books are open now.
The most powerful Porsche Cayenne is a plug-in hybrid
Stuttgart. Porsche continues to consistently focus on e-mobility, with the Cayenne range of sporting five door, four-wheel drive cars following the Panamera Gran Turismo in now featuring a plug-in hybrid as its flagship model; the new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupé are announced today.
These two new additions to the Cayenne model series draw their system output of 680 PS (500 kW) from the intelligent combination of a four-litre twin turbo V8 engine (550 PS/404 kW) and an electric motor (136 PS/100 kW) integrated into the eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission. The maximum system torque of 900 Nm is available from just above idle speed. Both models accelerate from a standing start to 62 mph in 3.8 seconds and where possible can reach a top speed of 183 mph.
This exceptional performance is matched by a high level of efficiency: the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupé can drive for up to 19 miles with zero local emissions. The WLTP weighted Combined fuel economy is 52.3 – 58.9 mpg, and CO2 (NEDC) is 85 – 90 g/km.
In addition to the two top models, the hybrid range from Porsche now includes the new Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupé with system power of 462 PS (340 kW), torque of 700 Nm, and electric range of up to 22 miles. The Cayenne E-Hybrid sister model, updated for the new model year and now featuring a gasoline particulate filter, is also available to order once again.
Speeds of up to 83 mph with just electric power
Like all Porsche plug-in hybrids, the new top-of-the-range model in the Cayenne family is also one of the most sporting vehicles in the premium segment – not in spite of its hybrid powertrain, but because of it. In the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid models, the electric motor is located between the V8 engine and the eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission.
The two motors are interconnected via a separating clutch inside the hybrid module, referred to as the Electric Clutch Actuator (ECA). In E-Power driving mode, the electric motor can, on its own, propel the car up to a maximum speed of 83 mph. It can also be used in the other modes for an additional power boost. These modes can be selected via the standard Sport Chrono Package (Hybrid Auto, Sport and Sport Plus). Porsche has taken this boost strategy from the 918 Spyder super sports car.
The lithium-ion battery is installed beneath the load space floor and has a gross capacity of 14.1 kWh. The high-voltage battery can be fully charged within 2.4 hours with the standard 7.2 kW onboard AC charger, when using an appropriate industrial socket connection. The charging process takes six hours from a conventional domestic socket. Charging can also be scheduled via Porsche Communication Management (PCM) or the Porsche Connect app (for smartphones and Apple® Watch).
Roll stabilisation system, air suspension, and ceramic brakes as standard
The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupé come with extensive factory-fitted equipment as standard: features include the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) electric roll stabilisation system, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) rear axle limited slip differential, the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) high-performance braking system, 21-inch lightweight alloy wheels in Aero design including wheel arch extensions in body colour and the Sport Chrono Package. The adaptive three-chamber air suspension, including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), ensures a broad spectrum of characteristically responsive Porsche driving dynamics and a comfortable ride. Lightweight alloy wheels of up to 22-inch diameter and rear-axle steering are also available as optional extras.
Full connectivity and auxiliary air conditioning as standard
All Cayenne models include full connectivity as standard. This enables online navigation with real-time traffic information, smart online voice control, and extensive Porsche Connect services – including searching for public charging stations. Additional features of all Cayenne derivatives include wireless Apple CarPlay® and new USB-C ports. All hybrid models from Porsche also have auxiliary air conditioning as standard. This can be remote-controlled directly via the PCM and via the Porsche Connect app, and enables the vehicle to be heated and cooled even when the ignition is not switched on.
All Cayenne models feature LED headlights, cruise control with speed limiter function, camera-based pedestrian protection and Park Assist at the front and rear – including a rear-view camera system in the Cayenne Coupé models. Optional extras include LED matrix beam headlights, a head-up display, Night Vision with thermal imaging camera, and the Porsche InnoDrive digital co-pilot including adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, road sign recognition, active lane guidance, junction assistant and emergency braking.
A double debut: Cayenne Coupé as a V6 and V8 hybrid
With the Cayenne Coupé, Porsche has added a more sporting variant to its successful SUV model line. Highlights of the coupé include sharper styling with a unique roof and rear section, an adaptive rear spoiler, a sports style rear seat bench with two or 2+1 seating options, and two roof design alternatives: a panoramic fixed glass roof as standard or an optional carbon roof.
Like the SUV, the Coupé is now available in two different hybrid versions: in combination with 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 and 3.0-litre V6 turbo engines. The new Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupé has a system output of 462 PS (340 kW) and a system torque of 700 Nm. In conjunction with the standard Sport Chrono Package, it sprints from a standing start to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds (5.0 seconds with the lightweight sports packages) and has a top speed of 157 mph. The WLTP weighted fuel economy is 60.1 – 70.6 mpg, and CO2 (NEDC) is 72 – 75 g/km.
On sale now
All four versions of the Cayenne E-Hybrid are now available to order from Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland; prices start from £68,358.00 RRP for the Cayenne E-Hybrid and £71,424.00 RRP for the Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupé.
The new Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid models are priced from £123,349.00 RRP for the Turbo S E-Hybrid and £125,946.00 RRP for the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupé.
Customers will also be invited to explore the potential of their new car, and further develop their own skills behind the wheel, by participating in a bespoke driving experience around the unique tracks at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.