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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 jlips6 on 5/19/2010 10:32:08 PM , Rating: 2
I have to say, when I first heard Porsche was making an SUV, I had the same reaction. What the heck are you guys doing?

But as it turns out, it's actually a superior product. I know a guy who test drives cars and rates them as his weekend job. He says this particular car was the best he'd ever driven. So maybe there is something to this beyond just building a cash cow.

That being said, this is still a "I know a guy in the pub" sort of thing.
Therefore I propose that all dailytech readers band together and donate the money to buy me one of these things. I'll tell you how it is. Maybe I'll even send you pictures.
Who knows? It might even be so comfortable and excellent that I'll take a road trip to wherever one of you guys live to let you see it in person.
I won't actually let you ride in it, that would be asking a bit much.
But still, If you need your nose rubbed in something, feel free to donate.


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