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Porsche's new Cayenne Hybrid generates 380hp

When we last visited Porsche's Cayenne S Hybrid SUV, the German automaker was finishing up road testing on prototypes. Today, however, Porsche is getting official with pricing for its large hybrid.

The new Cayenne S Hybrid will be priced from $67,770 -- this compares to a base MSRP of $46,700 for the standard entry-level Cayenne. The Cayenne S Hybrid uses the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine found in the Audi S4 which generates 333 hp. An electric motor generating 47 hp brings total system power for the parallel hybrid to 380 hp. Power is transmitted to all four wheels using an 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission.

Official U.S. fuel economy numbers have not yet been released for the Cayenne S Hybrid, but the vehicle achieves 28.68 mpg on the European cycle according to Porsche's German website. For comparison, the 400 hp, V8-powered Cayenne S achieves 22.4 mpg and the Cayenne Diesel (which is unlikely to come here) is rated at 31.79 mpg.

According to Porsche, the Cayenne S Hybrid is powerful enough to dash to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds and has a top speed of 150 mph.

The latest Cayenne is 1.9 inches longer than its predecessor and rides on a 1.6-inch longer wheelbase. Also, depending on the trim level, the new Cayenne is up to 400 pounds lighter than the outgoing version.

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RE: Cool?
By Reclaimer77 on 5/19/2010 7:16:27 PM , Rating: -1
I don't particularly care for them either, but it brings in the $$$ for Porsche. Same goes for the new Panamera. It's now Porsche's best-selling model -- go figure.

I LOVE IT. Right in the middle of the highest period of SUV hate, Porsche gave the ultimate F.U to the green movement. By releasing not JUST an SUV, but an SUV with a twin turbo'd V8 engine! Suck on that hippies!

You know the thing, compared to other SUV's, is an absolute blast to drive. You can't put a price on something that put's a smile on your face, and a frown on someone else.

I love it.

RE: Cool?
By Spuke on 5/19/2010 8:39:47 PM , Rating: 2
I LOVE IT. Right in the middle of the highest period of SUV hate, Porsche gave the ultimate F.U to the green movement.
That's an old fight for them as the green party (is it an actual party?) in Germany has been in their a$$ for quite a few decades.

RE: Cool?
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 5/20/2010 6:04:09 PM , Rating: 2
I think they are known in Germany as the brown party...

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