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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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wtf
By goku on 5/20/2010 3:28:05 AM , Rating: 2
why the hell would Porsche be lazy and use a supercharger instead of a turbocharger? If I can get a nissan or a volvo with a turbo, I'd expect a Porsche to have one as well. There is no reason to use a supercharger over a turbocharger today except for cost. Great advancements have been made to turbochargers to the point where they have almost none of the drawbacks. A turbocharger would be especially useful in a so called "hybrid" vehicle if they actually cared about fuel economy.




RE: wtf
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 5/20/2010 7:12:53 AM , Rating: 2
To be honest, Audi gets more power and torque out of its 3.0-liter V6 with a supercharger than BMW does out of its 3.0-liter inline-6 with a turbo.


RE: wtf
By Spuke on 5/20/2010 9:56:54 AM , Rating: 2
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To be honest, Audi gets more power and torque out of its 3.0-liter V6 with a supercharger than BMW does out of its 3.0-liter inline-6 with a turbo.
Audi does but it's not like BMW can't get more power out of that engine. And they have with the new "is" cars.

http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Content/Vehicles/20...


RE: wtf
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 5/20/2010 11:10:53 AM , Rating: 2
I know about the is, but the Audi S4 still gets more power and slightly less torque than even that performance model.

AND it gets better fuel economy to boot -- even with AWD vs RWD for the 3er.

So the supercharger ain't so bad IMHO ;)


RE: wtf
By Spuke on 5/20/2010 11:46:51 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
I know about the is, but the Audi S4 still gets more power and slightly less torque than even that performance model.
Don't get me wrong!! It's an awesome car, just saying that BMW isn't that far behind. At least, not enough to make a difference IMO. BTW, I think the S4 makes a bit more than its rated power. I'd much rather have the S5 though. ;)


RE: wtf
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 5/20/2010 12:11:35 PM , Rating: 2
S5 = drool. So sexy.


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