Test Drive: 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid

Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid 2015_Test Drive_02The engine lineup of the Porsche Cayenne has been updated. Compared to their predecessors, all Porsche Cayenne models now offer more power and higher torque with lower fuel consumption.

In the new Porsche Cayenne S, a 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine replaces the 4.8-litre V8 naturally aspirated engine. The most interesting addition to the lineup is this Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which replaces the Cayenne S Hybrid. This plug-in hybrid provides both performance and efficiency, so it sounds like the perfect choice.

Borrowing its drivetrain from the Panamera S E-Hybrid, the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is powered by the charged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine paired with an electric motor. The combined total power output is 416 hp and 590 Nm of torque. With this much power, Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 5.9 seconds. On the other hand, car’s overal fuel consumption is just 3.4 l/100 km and the CO2 emissions 79 g/km.

The real fuel consumption depends on how much you get to drive with the electric power. When fully charged, the lithium-ion battery enables pure electric driving for maximum of 36 kilometres. However, this depends very much on your driving style and route. When driving with the petrol engine, the consumption is easily close to 10 l/100km.

The Porsche Cayenne S E-hybrid, like all other Cayenne models, come as standard with the 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is also a standard feature in the Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid. PASM offers three suspension programmes; Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus. As standard the car is equipped with steel springs, but air suspension is available as an option. It includes the level control system which offers six different vehicle heights depending on the driving situation.

In addition to the new engine choices, Porsche Cayenne also offers new technical features and updated exterior design. The front end, wings and bonnet have been completely redesigned to give the Porsche Cayenne a much wider and more powerful look. At the rear, the tailgate and the exhaust tailpipes have been redesigned. The rear lights are flatter and have more precise design.

New exterior and interior colours are available for all models. This hybrid version can be recognized from the hybrid emblems and the acid green colour which is featured in the brake calibers, Cayenne badge and needles of the instrument panel.