Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid - Porsche's most powerful SUV yet
It's clear that the big SUV is still a massively popular choice of car for a lot of lease customers. You can't really argue with all that space, comfort, and practicality. The situation gets a little more complicated when you factor in the environmental aspect though. Adding a dose of electricity in the form of a hybrid goes a long way to alleviating that problem. And if you're looking to lease the ultimate hybrid SUV there's one obvious contender in the shape of the new Porsche Cayenne.
Especially now Porsche is introducing the most powerful model in its SUV model line – the Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid.
The third generation Cayenne first launched earlier this year with revised looks and updated technology. Porsche has now topped off the current range of this hugely successful SUV with a brand-new top model for you to choose.
The most powerful Cayenne is still a plug-in hybrid as before, but Porsche has upgraded the technology in this successor to the old Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid in a number of ways, achieving significant gains in electric range and performance.
The range-topping Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid is available in two distinct styling options: SUV and Coupe.
Both body variants bear the distinctive front-end styling reserved for Turbo models, with enlarged cooling air intakes accented by shiny black airblades. The wheel arch trims and exterior-colour rear bumper also underline the performance-focused character of the models, as do the two twin tailpipes in brushed stainless steel and red brake callipers. High-resolution HD-Matrix LED headlights also come as standard in the new Turbo E-Hybrid models, offering greater comfort and safety in the dark.
The new Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid models also come as standard with adaptive air suspension. This two-chamber system enhances comfort and safety in equal measure while also offering an even wider spectrum between the Comfort and Sport Plus suspension settings. Porsche's Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) and rear-axle steering are also available as options.
Inside the cabin, aluminium inlays in the dashboard and the door panel trims, and a Race-Tex roof lining highlight the heightened focus on performance. 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 also available.
The range-topping Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid also benefits from all of the new features introduced in the upgraded range. These 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 optional passenger display.
But the thing that really matters is hidden beneath the bonnet of the new Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid.
A 175bhp electric motor supplements the power from the extensively reworked 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. Add them both together and you've got an astonishing 730bhp and 950Nm of torque underneath your right foot.
The performance of the Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid more than justifies its billing as the top of the line, sprinting from 0 to 60mph in just over 3.5 seconds and hurtling on to a top speed of 180mph.
Compared with its predecessor, the new model also offers considerably greater electric range and shorter charging times. With an increased capacity of 25.9 kWh, the high-voltage battery enables an electric range of up to 50 miles while the new 11 kW on-board charger can shorten the charging time to under two-and-a-half hours despite the increase in battery capacity.
If that's not enough for you, Coupe versions of the new Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid can also be specified with Porsche's GT Package.
This adds lower suspension, wider front wheels, the rear-axle steering for greater agility, and fade-resistant ceramic composite brakes to the car.
On the outside, the GT Package also includes a model-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, a carbon rear diffuser, and carbon fibre roof for better weight distribution. The end result is a more aggressive look, a few tenths of a second shaved off the sprint time, and an increased top speed of almost 190mph.
In SUV terms, the Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid is destined to be the one to beat.
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