This Porsche Isn’t Your Grandmother’s Hybrid
Have you heard of a hybrid vehicle that emits pops from the exhaust system when decelerating or accelerating through the gears? You will hear those sounds reminiscent of a sports car engine when you drive the new 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. This isn’t your grandmother’s hybrid.
Porsche decided that the development of a hybrid powerplant was not going to take away the pure joy of driving their cars. So, they paired a 541 HP twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 gas engine with a 100 kW electric motor. The result is 670 peak horsepower, 0-60 in 3.6 seconds, and a top speed of 183 MPH. The electric motor is installed between the engine and the 8-speed Tiptronic transmission and uses a clutch to add power when needed. Porsche has stated that the hybrid system is using the same boost principle as the 918 supercar; the electric motor adds instant boost during acceleration and can operate the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid as an electric car as needed.
The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid uses a plug-in system for battery replenishment. It carries an onboard 7.2 kW charger and with a 220 volt supply can fully recharge in six hours. Owners with smartphones can check the vehicle’s status, schedule the charging process, and heat or cool the car in advance either from the power grid if plugged in or from the battery pack.
There are five drive modes offered with the Cayenne E-Hybrid:
- E-Power: By default, this is the vehicle when first started. It is in electric mode and remains that way until the battery needs charging. Pushing the accelerator beyond a variable set point will also engage the gas engine for acceleration.
- Hybrid Auto: This is an automatic mode where the software determines the balance of gas and electric motor power.
- E-Hold: When chosen, this stops further use of the electric motor and maintains the current battery charge state for future needs.
- E-Charge: This mode uses the gas engine to recharge the battery and power the car.
- Sport and Sport Plus: Sport mode maintains the battery at a specific level so power is always available for performance driving. In Sport Plus the battery is recharged as quickly as possible by the gas engine for optimum performance. Sport Plus charges the battery more quickly than E-Charge mode.
Other features of the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid include:
- An air suspension system with five ride heights and several suspension settings.
- Porsche Active Suspension Management, which adjusts the damping of each wheel individually
- An active spoiler on the rear of the roof which activates above 131 MPH
- Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control which controls vehicle roll during turning maneuvers by automatically adjusting the torsional rigidity of the front and rear anti-roll bars
- Off-road features including disengagement of the chassis control system and off-road driving modes which change powertrain, rear differential, and chassis settings.
- Safety features including adaptive cruise control with stop and go, pedestrian protection, lane-keeping assist, traffic sign recognition, available swiveling LED headlights, and an available heads-up display with a night thermal camera.
Interior comfort and layout is classic Porsche, with 18-way adjustable front sport seats. You can get a massage feature but that reduces the adjustments to 14! The Porsche Advanced Cockpit display has been redesigned to include the hybrid features but is still reminiscent of the 918. The tachometer is still centrally placed in the cluster as it should be. A Sport Response button on the leather-wrapped steering wheel offers the most aggressive performance response for 20 seconds after being pushed.
For more information on the powerful and technologically advanced 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, please contact Manhattan Motorcars by calling us at 877-599-2376.