By Otsile Kadiege
Earlier this year Porsche lifted the veils off the extensively revised Cayenne range and now the Stuttgart-based automaker has unveiled the range-topping Turbo E-Hybrid model derivative which gets an electric motor with more power, supplementing the mighty V8 powertrain. It also gets a battery pack with more electric driving range and improved charging times, and also boasts the Cayenne’s new look.
Exterior design and styling
On the outside, both body variants bear the distinctive front-end styling reserved for Turbo models, with enlarged cooling air intakes accented by shiny black airblades. As standard, the range-topping duo are fitted with Porsche’s innovative, high-resolution HD-Matrix LED headlights.
The wheel arch trims and exterior-colour rear bumper further underscore the performance-focused character of the models. Other distinguishing features of the Turbo E-Hybrid models include two twin tailpipes in brushed stainless steel and red brake callipers.
Interior styling and tech
Inside, aluminium inlays in the dashboard and the door panel trims highlight the heightened focus on performance. The roof lining is covered in Race-Tex. The standard equipment includes a heated GT sports steering wheel, a mode switch for fast and direct selection of the desired driving mode, and 18-way adjustable leather sports seats. Alternatively, 14-way adjustable leather comfort seats are available. Other highlights include a new cockpit with an all-digital instrument cluster in a curved and free-standing design with variable display options, a redesigned centre console and the optional passenger display.
Powering the new Turbo E-Hybrid models is a 4.0-litre V8 engine and an electric motor developing 441 kW and 130 kW respectively. The total system outputs are 544 kW and 950 Nm. Porsche claims the Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid completes the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 295 km/h.
Compared to its predecessor, the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid offers considerably greater electric range and shorter charging times. With an increased capacity of 25.9 kWh, the high-voltage battery installed beneath the load compartment floor enables an electric range of a claimed 82 kilometres. Porsche also claims the new 11 kW on-board charger shortens the charging time at a suitable wall charger or charging station to under two-and-a-half hours despite the increase in battery capacity.
Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid Coupé with GT Package
With the GT Package, the Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid Coupé brings to the hybrid model range selected performance features from the Cayenne Turbo GT. These include all chassis and control systems, including the air suspension, are specifically tuned for the new model. The body sits 10 millimetres lower. It also gets more dynamic steering response, high-performance Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB), performance tyres for the standard 22-inch GT Design wheels, PDCC and rear-axle steering.
On the outside, the GT Package stands out with a specific front section with black accents, black wheel arch extensions, carbon side-plates on the roof spoiler, the centrally positioned tailpipes of the titanium exhaust system from the Turbo GT and a carbon rear diffuser. The roof is also made of lightweight carbon fibre. The Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid Coupé with GT Package sprints to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 305 km/h.
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