Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid SUV available this November
Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid SUV mixes Porsche performance with fuel efficiency
Porsche is finally releasing its 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid SUV, the companys first production hybrid car. Available for U.S. sale this November, the Cayenne S Hybrid starts at a base price of $67,700 (excluding destination), only $4000 more than the non-hybrid Cayenne S, but still very expensive when compared to many other hybrid SUVs. It's release does, however, give fuel-efficiency minded consumers who also enjoy performance and handling a good choice in the hybrid arena.
The Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid comes with a 3.0-liter, supercharged V6 engine and an electric motor provide a total output of 380 horsepower and maximum torque of 428 lb.-ft. This results in 0–60 mph in 6.1 seconds.
According to Porsche's press release the Cayenne S Hybrid can go up to 37 miles per hour on battery power "for a time." Unfortunately, Porsche was not more specific about what that means. What separated the Cayenne S Hybrid from conventional hybrid SUV vehicles is that it can "sail" for about a mile at cruising highway speeds, meaning the combustion engine turns off until the driver steps on the accelerator.
The Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid is certified by the EPA at 21 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, a significant improvement over the non-hybrid base model which gets 14 mpg in the city and 20 mpg on the highway.