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2011 Porsche Cayenne "test mules"  (Source: AutoCar)

2011 Porsche Cayenne interior  (Source: AutoCar)
Porsche's heftiest model benefits from hybrid power

DailyTech first talked about the Cayenne Hybrid way back in 2007. At the time, the vehicle was to be powered a 280hp 3.6-liter V6 engine paired with a 50hp electric motor. The powertrain was to be shared with the Cayenne's cousin, the Volkswagen Touareg.

A lot of time has passed since our original July 2007 story and quite a bit has changed with the Cayenne and the powertrain which will be used in the production version of the vehicle. The production hybrid will now be based on the second generation Cayenne which brings a wealth of advancements to the table. For starters, the vehicle now has a 1.57" longer wheelbase to add more rear passenger legroom. Also, the second generation Cayenne itself is now 440 lbs lighter than the first generation model thanks to the use of aluminum for the hood, doors, front bumper, and various drivetrain/suspension components. Less weight is always a good start when trying to extract better fuel economy from a vehicle.

The Cayenne Hybrid is able to save additional weight over its siblings with a Torsen 4WD system nabbed from the Audi Q7 crossover. The Torsen system is lighter than the multi-plate clutch 4WD system used on the standard Cayenne models.

The Cayenne Hybrid ditches the 280hp 3.6-liter V6 in favor of a smaller, supercharged 3.0-liter TSFI V6 engine which also sees duty in the Audi S4. The engine produces a healthy 325 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque. The electric motor adds in another 50hp and 184 lb-ft of torque according to AutoCar (for comparison, the 4.8-liter V8 used in the Cayenne S develops 394hp). For those that would like the ability to cruise along in near silence, the Cayenne Hybrid can travel just over one mile on battery power alone at up to 31 mph.

The hybrid powertrain is said to be good enough to scoot the Cayenne Hybrid to 62 mph in 6.5 seconds and return 34.5 mpg on the European cycle.



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Just Over A Mile...?
By EJ257 on 1/26/2010 9:36:42 AM , Rating: 5
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the Cayenne Hybrid can travel just over one mile on battery power alone at up to 31 mph.


Is this a joke?




RE: Just Over A Mile...?
By MrBlastman on 1/26/2010 9:44:35 AM , Rating: 5
No, not at all. It as serious as this porsche is at being a super-duper, stealth assassin super weapon!

If you take a look at it for a moment, you will notice that it has a large storage area located in the rear of the vehicle. I gander you could fit about 5 Ninjas in there (six maybe if they are really flexible). With the super-duper 1 mile range of "stealth mode," you could inject a crack Ninja squad into just about anywhere!

The tinted windows in the back are meerly a ruse and a distraction too. Everyone knows Ninjas are invisible. Even IF there was no window-tint in the back, you could not see the ninjas until it was too late; late as in staring at them with your eyeballs after they flipped over you, cut your head off and impaled in on a pike and turned it to face them.

You get the idea though. That is is why the car is black. It is a secret Ninja death weapon. Do not question the author! ;)


RE: Just Over A Mile...?
By mars2k on 1/26/2010 9:54:06 AM , Rating: 5
File this under a big "Who gives a Sh--?"
Cayennes have always been the prefered ride of those who have a lot of disposable income, want a designer label and don't know what they're doingwhen it comes to cars.
Now they can get one with a battery


RE: Just Over A Mile...?
By Supa on 1/26/2010 1:51:48 PM , Rating: 3
Let's see, one mile is good for ... hmm ...

sneak out or back to the driveway without waking the wife.

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RE: Just Over A Mile...?
By tygrus on 1/27/2010 7:48:28 PM , Rating: 2
1.2 mile on battery does not represent a large reserve capacity.
Further reduce the engine size to take off 50HP. Add 50HP to the electric motor. Increase storage to handle 10miles on battery. Large downhill to recharge, assist long climbs and more ICE off time.


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