• May 19, 2010
2011 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

Porsche North America has revealed American pricing for the all-new 2011 Cayenne on its consumer website, including the company's first hybrid model. When the Cayenne goes on sale in the coming months, the base 3.6-liter gasoline V6 model will apparently start at $46,700, with the normally aspirated 4.8-liter V8 S taking the tab up to $63,700.

The new hybrid model, which combines the 333 horsepower supercharged 3.0-liter V6 with an electric motor and battery will cost customers a minimum of $67,700. While that is $21,000 more than the base model, it is massively less than the $99,000 price tag for a similar Volkswagen Touareg hybrid in Germany. The Deutsche prices, of course, include a hefty Value Added Tax. The better comparison here would be the between the V8 powered S and the hybrid, which is also at the S trim level. There the price premium is only $4,000, which seems much more reasonable.

The EPA has not yet published fuel economy numbers for the new Cayenne, but in Germany, the S is rated at 22.4 mpg (U.S.) while the hybrid is rated at 28.7 mpg. The Europe-only Cayenne diesel is rated at an even more impressive 31.8 mpg.

Finally, while base pricing is live on Porsche's website for the 2011 model, the configurator is still that of the outgoing 2010 edition. Thus, if you'd like to see how much it's going to run you to outfit your dream Cayenne, you're going to have to wait a while – or at least call your local dealer. Thanks for the tip, Matt!



[Source: Porsche]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Too often do hybrids fail to achieve anything worthwhile... i die a little inside every time i see a car model with a hybrid version, yet the same model's diesel version gets better gas mileage. Not to mention the fact that car maker have failed to embrace the obvious solution: diesel hybrids. come on automakers! MAKE MORE DIESEL HYBRIDS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Jon, if diesels were THAT good why wouldn't automakers offer them to us? It just doesn't make any sense. Diesels are dirty also i believe diesel costs more and another issue could be the capacity of our refineries to produce it. Now mostly trucks use diesel in USA, should regular cars switch in big numbers price per gallon will go up. Also in EU diesel is subsidized, that is why people are buying it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @jon

        That is a marketing strategy to push diesel over Hybrid, it has nothing to do with the limitations of Hybrid technology, but it is go everything to do with the limitations of diesel and the investment the VW Group has in diesel tech.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "i die a little inside every time i see a car model with a hybrid version, yet the same model's diesel version gets better gas mileage."

        sucks to be you? who cares? a hybrid cayanne with double the mpg of the model it's replacing is going to shell shovel loads. a tdi cayanne will not in north america (the model's largest market). your worldview isn't shared by porsche buyers, deal with it.

        "Not to mention the fact that car maker have failed to embrace the obvious solution"

        They've addressed the obvious solution about 7,000,000 times, I guess you're willfully ignorant to their replies?
        • 4 Years Ago
        interesting responses everyone, i will say that i think a wankel hybrid is also a great idea. as for this comment "if diesels were THAT good..." well the answer is that the US government and the US automakers simply have not done enough to counteract the lack of diesels in the USA. in europe yes, diesels are subsidized, so maybe they should be here too! we're running out of oil, its a fact, plain and simple, therefore my philosophy is that we should be seeking efficiency in every way possible
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's not that easy to make a diesel hybrid , john , Peugeot and BMW are working on diesel hybrids , but the results aren't much better than normal diesels. diesel engines don't rev very high so they aren't as good at generating electricity as petrol engines and diesel engines themselves are heavy , add the electric motors and the batteries and you have a very heavy car , the amount of gas saved and the price of the car doesn't make them economically viable.

        i think the best solution are serial hybrids and Audi is on to something with their Wankel serial hybrid. a small , light Wankel engine that revs very high and generates electricity.

        http://www.autoblog.com/2010/03/01/geneva-preview-audi-a1-e-tron-extended-range-ev-with-wankel-rot/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hybrid mileage is stunning. The diesel is even more impressive. Now lets see them double those numbers. - Ravi Shanghavi, Ottawa, Canada
      • 4 Years Ago
      28mpg for a pig on wheels......not bad!

      Looks like the Hybrid will be a seller.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The new look is nice.

      I keep imagining taking that front body work, cutting it at the character line under the intakes, above the fog lights, and all the way up to the windshield cowl, with the fenders similarly trimmed...

      and putting that on a low height car, with the wheel wells moved up on the fenders, and the whole hood and front fascia mounted aggressively low.

      That chopped and dropped front end would look slick on a much-shortened and lightened Panamera-based 928 Coupe,

      Such a coupe with a very sleek roofline and back end, a modern take on a mix between the original 928's long sleek lines, and the 996/997 Targa glass-roof and hatch-back.

      With the V8 and V8 Turbo engines, and PDK gearbox, in RWD or AWD options as a GT coupe.

      The front end of this new Cayenne is remarkably aggressive, compared to previous, and panamera. I hope this is a trend of improvement, since the new Cayenne looks better from most angles than the SUV it is replacing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's a freaking truck. 50 large for a freaking truck??? Somebody obviously has way more money than sense.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ stbham , i know it's crazy , but there are people on God's green Earth who are willing , get ready for this, to pay extra for luxury and better handling ! it's crazy !
        • 4 Years Ago
        Pretty much all large SUVs are expensive.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You should really go to a dealership if you think that is expensive. I sold Ford, Lincoln, Mercury-s in 2004. Probably the majority of my new vehicle sales were $50K "trucks" (1 tons equipped comfortably for daily driving - 50K, Navigator - 50+K, Aviator with options - 50K, King Ranch - 50K, Excursion - 50K) . Granted I live in TX. They were Fords, tho. Not Porsches.

        Or think of it this way, Porsches cheapest vehicle is the Boxster. You can get into this for about the same price. Try to find another manufacturer who's cheapest model and fully capable SUV wear the same price.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You get a lot more "value" buying a Cayenne than a Boxster/Cayman. $47K gets you 300hp in a Cayenne, but only 255hp in a Boxster.

      Perhaps if Porsche priced their sports cars more in line with other makers with regards to their power and specs, they might sell enough sport cars and not need to disgrace the brand selling SUVs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you think USD$47K is expensive, let me tell you something, If you guys ever visit Malaysia, and you spot 1 of these on the street, you are looking at USD$180K machine, not USD$47K, for the exact same car! If this car come here with that 47K price tag, most of us here who are driving an entry level C-Class could trade-in their C-class and upgrade to a Porche with spare change! Yes, a Merc C-Class 2.0, it cost USD$60K here! So you guys over there, count your blessing, cause we know we are out of those over here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It so tries to be an Infiniti ...

      which is a good thing as this is the best looking Cayenne so far. But design-wise it's still substandard, on par with VW group offerings.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like a Rogue!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think they've gone too far as it is not far from not looking like a Porsche.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Heh, Porsche makes a diesel SUV. Could they try pissing off their "true enthusiasts" any more?

      Personally, I don't mind the way it looks and I think if Porsche can keep most of the original's performance & abilities intact, the hybrid should be a good sell.
        • 4 Years Ago
        as a Porsche fan and owner, i would get the diesel Cayenne. i have a 911 for the road and track and nothing beats a diesel off road.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you even bothered reading this article, then you're not one of the "true enthusiasts" that I make fun of. They're the ones who believed Porsche died after 1995 and has been replaced by another run-of-the-mill automaker just bent on making money off the brand. Also, never said a diesel Cayenne is a bad thing. I'm not saying there should be a diesel 911, but if there ever should be a diesel in the Porsche family, the Cayenne would be the most suitable.
      • 4 Years Ago
      yes, the germans know the art of ripping you off

      i mean, the rear windscreen wiper on the 911 and the floormat on all their models are several hundred dollar extras...
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