Porsche is expanding its range of hybrids sold in Australia the new Cayenne E-Hybrid. Following the old adage that racing ‘improves the breed’ the German sportscar maker has dominated the famed LeMans 24-hour race with hybrid cars for several years.
Cayenne E-Hybrid has a 3.0-litre V6 engine (250 kW) combined with an electric engine (100 kW) to generate system power of up to 340 kW. The apparent mathematical discrepancy here is due to the fact that the two powerplants provide their best at different times.
The maximum torque of 700 Nm is already available just above idling speed as that’s when the electric engine develops its top grunt.
The Cayenne’s plug-in hybrid drive provides acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds on its way to a top speed of 253 km/h. The new Cayenne E-Hybrid can drive up to a distance of 441km and reaches 135 km/h on electricity alone.
Porsche’s Sport Chrono Package is standard in the E-Hybrid. In the performance-focused Sport and Sport Plus modes, virtually all of the battery’s energy can be used for a boost. In Sport mode, the battery is charged just as much as is required for a new boost. In Sport Plus mode, the battery is recharged as quickly as possible. The other modes support maximum driving efficiency.
The fluid-cooled battery, stored beneath the loading floor in the rear of the car, consists of eight cell modules with 13 prismatic lithium ion cells each.
It takes 7.8 hours for the battery to be fully charged via a 230 volt connection with 10 amps. The optional 7.2 kW on-board charger and a 230 volt connection with 32 amps can fully charge the battery in 2.3 hours.
Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is standard. Optional features include the electric Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) roll stabilisation system. And … wait for it … a trailer connection for loads up to 3.5 tonnes.
Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid is priced from $135,600* in Australia with local deliveries scheduled to commence in third quarter of 2018.