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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