Porsche plug-in hy­brid ar­rives

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Porsche has an­nounced the range-top­ping vari­ant for its Cayenne large SUV, with the Turbo S E-hy­brid priced from $288,000 plus on-roads in wagon form and $292,700 in coupe guise.

Ar­riv­ing in show­rooms in the fourth quar­ter of this year, the Turbo S Ehy­brid is $46,400 and $39,100 dearer than the Turbo ver­sion of the Cayenne wagon and coupe re­spec­tively.

For the Cayenne Turbo S E-hy­brid, Porsche has bor­rowed the same pow­er­train from the Panam­era Turbo S E-hy­brid – a plug-in hy­brid set up that teams the Turbo’s 404kw 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with a 100kw elec­tric mo­tor that in­creases power out­put to a heady 500kw.

The Turbo S E-hy­brid’s 500kw out­strips the likes of the Mercedes-amg GLE63 S, 430kw, Maserati Le­vante Tro­feo, 441kw, Range Rover Sport SVR, 423kw, Lam­borgh­ini Urus, 478kw, BMW X5 M, 423kw and Bentley Ben­tayga W12, 447kw, but falls short of the Jeep Grand Chero­kee Track­hawk and its 522kw su­per­charged 6.2-litre V8.

At 900Nm, torque is also up 50Nm over the Panam­era and 130Nm over the Cayenne Turbo’s 770Nm, with the Turbo S E-hy­brid’s torque out­put only matched by the Audi SQ7 and its tur­bocharged diesel V8.

In the Turbo S E-hy­brid, power is chan­nelled to all four wheels via an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion, al­low­ing for a zero-to-100kmh sprint time of 3.8 sec­onds while on the way to a top speed of 295kmh.

The Turbo S E-hy­brid uses a 14.1kwh lithium-ion bat­tery that has a pure-elec­tric range of 40km and al­lows the Cayenne to travel up to 135kmh on zero-tailpipe-emis­sions power.

Charg­ing the bat­tery takes 2.4 hours when us­ing a 400-volt con­nec­tion and 16-amp fuse, while us­ing a 230V10-amp house­hold socket takes six hours.

As be­fit­ting its sta­tus as top-spec model for the range, the Turbo S E-hy­brid scores a num­ber of per­for­mance-ori­ented fea­tures, such as Porsche Dy­namic Chas­sis Con­trol, PDCC, ac­tive roll sta­bil­i­sa­tion, Porsche Torque Vec­tor­ing Plus, a rear­axle dif­fer­en­tial lock, car­bon-ce­ramic brakes, Power Steer­ing Plus, Sport Chrono pack­age, three-cham­ber air sus­pen­sion with Porsche Ac­tive Sus­pen­sion Man­age­ment, PASM, and 21inch al­loy wheels with body-coloured whee­larch ex­ten­sions in the wagon only.

Twenty-two-inch RS Spy­der De­sign wheels are stan­dard on the coupe ver­sion in Aus­tralia and op­tion­ally avail­able on the wagon, while rear­axle steer­ing, LED Ma­trix head­lights, a head-up dis­play, adap­tive cruise con­trol, lane-keep as­sist and Night Vi­sion with ther­mal imag­ing cam­era are op­tion­ally avail­able on both.

The coupe is fur­ther dif­fer­en­ti­ated by its adap­tive rear spoiler, two-seat sec­ond row and an op­tion­ally avail­able car­bon-fi­bre roof.

Ad­di­tional stan­dard equip­ment in Aus­tralian mod­els in­cludes four-zone cli­mate con­trol, rear side airbags, LED head­lights, am­bi­ent light­ing, pri­vacy glass, key­less en­try and start, dig­i­tal ra­dio, panoramic sun­roof and a 12.3-inch touch­screen infotainme­nt sys­tem with Ap­ple Carplay, USB-C ports, sat-nav with real-time traf­fic in­for­ma­tion and Porsche Con­nect.

Stan­dard safety kit ex­tends to cruise con­trol with a speed lim­iter, pedes­trian pro­tec­tion, front and rear park as­sist with sur­round-view cam­eras, and lane-change as­sist.

Through the first seven months of the year, Cayenne sales have seen a sig­nif­i­cant 80.4 per­cent lift due to the all-new model ar­riv­ing in June last year, up to 839 sales from 465.

De­spite the in­crease, it sits fourth in the $70,000-plus large-suv seg­ment, trail­ing the BMW X5, 1990, Range Rover Sport, 1516, and Lexus RX 1135.

CHARGE: Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-hy­brid pair heads Down Un­der from $288,000 plus on-road costs.

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