Geneva preview: Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

February 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

The Cayenne Hybrid is not an eco-car by any stretch of the imagination, but its powertrain does at least turn its fuel economy and emissions from the catastrophic to the merely upsetting. All models in the new-generation Cayenne range are lighter and more economical than their outgoing equivalents, thankfully, with fuel economy improved by up to 23%. Improvements include a new eight-speed automatic gearbox with better-space ratios, a stop-start system and energy recovery features.

The hybrid is claimed to offer the performance of a V8 with the economy and performance of a six-cylinder: it returns 34.4mpg and emits 193g/km of carbon dioxide. The system combines a supercharged 3.0 V6 (333bhp) and a 47bhp electric motor, giving a peak torque of 580Nm at just 1000rpm. The Hybrid can operate in electric-only mode for short distances at up to 40mph, and for the engine to disengage again in ‘sailing’ mode to cruise along at up to 97mph.

The Mk2 Cayenne goes on sale in the UK in late May; the Hybrid is priced from £57,610.

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