Truly, if you airing into a Porsche dealership and ask for the best able car currently offered by the brand, you’ll get a four-door Cayenne or Panamera.
Tested actuality in new Cayenne Auto form, the “Turbo S e-hybrid” combines a twin-turbocharged, 404kW petrol V8 with a 100kW electric motor and 14.1kWh battery.
The aftereffect is a 500kW, 900Nm barbarian that represents a actively able – and almighty – motoring solution.
IT’S MEAN AND GREEN
The 500kW club is an aristocratic one, home to supercars such as Lamborghini’s Aventador, McLaren’s 720S and the Ferrari 812 GTS. So you shouldn’t be afraid to apprehend the best almighty Cayenne rips to 100km/h in a claimed 3.8 abnormal en avenue to a 295km/h top speed.
Driven evidently with a abounding battery, the Cayenne allotment an official ammunition amount of 4.4L/100km – beneath than a well-equipped Toyota Camry Hybrid. Like all constituent hybrids, the ammunition abridgement amount charge be taken with a fistful of salt, as the Porsche can run on array ability abandoned for about 40 kilometres (at speeds up to 135km/h) afore switching to petrol propulsion.
There are abounding altered alive modes and settings for the car’s systems, acceptance you to accept whether to gun for aiguille performance, best ability or about in between. Managing its array for aiguille abridgement or achievement is rewarding, and you can altercate that it’s allotment of Porsche’s motorsport DNA as drivers in Formula 1, Le Mans or the electric Formula E alternation charge adept activity administration in adjustment to succeed.
THAT SOUNDS LIKE FUN
It is – the tech is like a video game, and the amalgam Cayenne Turbo is hilariously quick and composed in the appropriate conditions. Variable-height air suspension, rear-wheel-steering, alive cycle confined and whopping 22-inch auto with carbon bowl brakes cabal to bastardize physics. It’s absolutely agreeable to drive, able of arising surprises continued afterwards the antecedent amusement aeon is over.
BET IT’S NOT CHEAP, THEN
There’s the catch. Priced from $292,600 additional on-road costs (about $320,000 drive-away), the range-topping Cayenne auto isn’t cheap. Our analysis archetype brought $42,000 in alternative extras, including a $22,000 failing action amalgamation bringing carbon fibre elements, 22-inch wheels, a sports bankrupt and more. We’ll agitation the amount of a “lightweight” backpack on a two-tonne-plus SUV addition time – it’s a little like acclimation a fully-loaded burger with chips and ice chrism done bottomward by diet cola.
It doesn’t advice that Porsche accuse added for being like lane befitting abetment and alive cruise ascendancy which are chargeless on the cheapest Toyota Yaris.
PORSCHE HAS OTHER OPTIONS FOR YOU
Customers who appetite to go after amalgam ability can save about $40,000 by allotment the accepted Cayenne Turbo, authoritative do with alone 404kW of power.
Those who appetite to bifold bottomward on electrification should accede the absolutely electric Taycan sedan, which starts at about $210,000 drive-away and runs to about $365,000 for the fully-loaded Taycan Turbo S. A high-riding “Cross Turismo” wagon adaptation with apart parallels to Subaru’s Outback arrives abutting year for those who appetite added space.