Porsche Cayenne Coupe goes green with new E-Hybrid models

Daniel Fowler
August 14, 2019

Potentially changing all perceptions about hybrid cars is the latest offering from Porsche - the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupé.

U.S pricing for the regular 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is $161,900 and if you want the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe, that starts at $164,400. There are still options, though, like a louder sport exhaust and rear-axle steering.

The twin-turbo 4,0-litre V8 engine offers 404 kW while an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed transmission adds 100 kW. 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. The price is just as high as the output, with the Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe starting at $165,750 including destination. It uses that same electric motor and battery with a 134-hp electric motor, which propels the plug-in hybrids to 60 miles per hour (96.5 km/h) in 3.6 seconds.

The data look much better when charging: While many plug-in hybrids do not achieve more than 3.7 kW charging power, the AC onboard charger in the Cayenne delivers up to 7.2 kW.

Both models include 18-way Adaptive Sport Seats as standard equipment. By contrast, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe and Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe feature two seating positions with separated individual bucket seats.

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Additionally, it comes with 20-inch alloy wheels which are standard with the fashion-forward variant, and it also features a pair of slightly lower seats in the second row on account of its fixed glass panoramic roof. Two versions of the package will be available and they save up to 48 lbs (22 kg) of weight. The $86,400 model serves as a stylish alternative to the now available Cayenne E-Hybrid.

The 2020 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe works with the same 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 and e-motor as in the Cayenne E-Hybrid, putting out an identical 455 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque combined.

On the open road, pure electric driving will give you a speed of up to 135km/hr, acceleration from 0-100km/hr in 3.8 seconds and overall a top speed of 295km/hr.

For most South Africans, our first port of call when it comes to hybrid cars is the Toyota Prius, which isn't exactly a vehicle that's exciting to drive. The Coupe E-Hybrid also gets carbon-ceramic brakes, an active anti-roll bar, and other goodies.

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