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The diesel-powered Porsche Cayenne has been a popular vehicle for fleet owners, but they'll soon be able to consider a hybrid powertrain for the luxury SUV since the 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid is coming to dealer showrooms this November.

We've known it was coming since 2007, but the Cayenne hybrid is, finally, Porsche's first production hybrid. Unsurprisingly, it doesn't come cheap: price of entry starts at $67,700 (excluding destination). Compare this to the base 3.6-liter gas-powered V6 model, which comes in at $21,000 less ($46,700). That may sound like Porsche is charging $20k for the 288-volt nickel metal-hydride (NiMh) battery, but what you're really paying for is the S trim level (the non-hybrid Cayenne S starts at $63,700).

What does your extra money get you with the Cayenne S Hybrid? The ability to go up to 37 miles per hour on battery power for a short distance. How far? Porsche's official PR says only "for a time." The Cayenne S Hybrid can also "sail" at cruising and highway speeds, which is when the gas engine turns off and disengages from the drivetrain until the driver steps on the accelerator.

The EPA certifies the hybrid SUV at 21 miles per gallon in the city and 25 on the highway. This is a big improvement over the non-hybrid base model (14/20 mpg) and way better than the stupid-expensive Turbo S model, which costs $104,800 and gets just 12/19 mpg. The Cayenne S Hybrid also offers 380 horsepower and peak torque of 428 lb-ft at just 1,000 rpm.



[Source: Porsche Cars North America, Inc.]

PRESS RELEASE

2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid in Dealer Showrooms this November

The company's first production hybrid mixes Porsche performance with fuel efficiency

ATLANTA, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Next month Porsche begins selling its 2011 Cayenne S Hybrid sport-utility vehicle through its 197 authorized U.S. dealers, giving fuel-efficiency minded consumers who also enjoy performance and handling a clear choice in the hybrid arena.

The Cayenne S Hybrid accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds on its way to a top test track speed of 150 mph, yet it delivers an impressive estimated 21 mpg city/25 highway under current EPA regulations. Its base MSRP is $67,700 (excluding destination), and like all Cayenne models, it is not subject to a gas-guzzler tax.

Like most hybrids the Cayenne S Hybrid can drive for a time on electric power alone at speeds up to 37 mph. However, it delivers efficiencies at cruising speeds through its ability to 'sail' or coast with the combustion engine turned off. It can do this for up to one mile, and this not only saves fuel but also minimizes emissions.

In the Cayenne and Panamera model lines the 'S' designation indicates a V8 under the hood. But the 'S' in the Cayenne S Hybrid name is there for a different reason – to indentify the true performance character of this SUV's highly sophisticated parallel full hybrid system. With a combined power output of 380 horsepower from the supercharged V6 combustion engine and an electric motor, the Cayenne S Hybrid delivers performance nearly equal to the Cayenne S with its 400-horsepower V8 and fuel economy estimates that exceed those of the Cayenne with the V6 engine.

The all-new Porsche Cayenne has earned some significant awards since going on sale this summer. It is the 2011 Motor Trend Sport/Utility of the Year® and also recently received the Auto Pacific Motorist Choice Award for Best Premium Active Lifestyle Vehicle.

Hybrid Manager seamlessly coordinates the two power units

Through continuous interaction between the 3.0-liter supercharged V6 and electric motor, the Cayenne S Hybrid focuses on maximum efficiency. Depending on driving conditions, either drive unit can operate independently or together. The 47-horsepower (34 kW) electric motor is the ideal partner for the 333-horsepower engine, which produces high torque at low engine speeds, with peak torque at 428 lb-ft at just 1,000 rpm.

Both power units are connected by a decoupling clutch, which ensures that the Cayenne S Hybrid may be driven either by the electric motor or the combustion engine alone, or by both drive units together. The Hybrid Manager constantly coordinates their complex interaction, and intelligent management of the clutch makes the transition among various driving modes seamless and comfortable.

Again, what separates the Cayenne S Hybrid from conventional hybrid vehicles is its ability to 'sail' or coast when it does not need drive power and the driver lifts off the accelerator at cruising and highway speeds. In this mode the gasoline engine is switched off and disengaged from the drivetrain, enabling the vehicle to move along without combustion or electric power with engine drag forces and their braking effect being eliminated to reduce driving resistance. As soon as the driver presses the accelerator in the sailing mode, to pass another vehicle for example, the gasoline engine smoothly starts within a fraction of a second and engine rpms are increased to match the current vehicle speed. Thanks to the Hybrid Manager, the Cayenne S Hybrid is able to accelerate dynamically in gears at higher speeds much like a conventional Cayenne.

The hybrid system uses a 288-volt nickel metal-hydride (NiMh) battery fitted beneath the luggage compartment and regenerative braking, the process of storing electricity regained from applying the brakes and driving under normal conditions. This energy is then available for boosting and electric drive, again saving fuel in the process.

The North American Cayenne lineup also includes the Cayenne, Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo. They are powered by a 300-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 in the Cayenne, a 400-horsepower 4.8-liter V8 in the Cayenne S, and a 500-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.8-liter V8 in the Cayenne Turbo. The Cayenne, Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo SUV models are on sale now, and their base MSRPs (excluding destination charges) are as follows: Cayenne, $46,700; Cayenne S, $63,700; and Cayenne Turbo, $104,800.

About Porsche Cars North America, Inc

A wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Dr. Ing.h.c.F.Porsche, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. and its 197 dealers offer U.S. customers some of the most technically advanced and high-performance vehicles in the world. Porsche is also synonymous with supreme quality and first-class customer treatment. Also, Porsche is fully and publically committed to being a leader in significantly lowering emissions, and saving fuel. The company's guiding credo is "Porsche Intelligent Performance" and the goal is to prove that Porsche's high performance and efficiency are not contradictory terms. A dramatic example of this is the highly-anticipated 918 Spyder – a super sports car that is also a planned plug-in hybrid. Of course this is nothing new for Porsche, which for 62 years has developed numerous technologies that have advanced vehicle performance, improved safety and spurred environmental innovations. Obviously, one expects such achievements from the most revered race car brand in the world --- one that has accumulated more than 28,000 motorsport victories. Today, PCNA imports the cars that are the product of this great history, including the iconic 911 series, the renowned Boxster and Cayman mid-engine sports cars, the high-end Cayenne sport utility vehicles and the four-passenger Panamera Gran Turismo cars.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Or, you can buy the exact same vehicle for $61,300, but you have to swap the Porsche badge for a VW badge. (The VW Toureg Hybrid has the same supercharged V6 engine, actually derived from Audi's S4...)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Only $104,800. Makes me wanta pee in my pants.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Just get a Nissan Juke instead.

        /Save yourself $86,000 and a pair of pants.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hybrid complexity, and the possibility of the batteries needing replaced is a big question mark in hybrid vehicle trade-in values.

      It is quite possible, that a hybrid model of the same car will have a much lower trade-in.
      Easy to say the batteries will last ten years. OK, I'll bite. Then what?
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Easy to say the batteries will last ten years. OK, I'll bite. Then what?"

        Then you replace them for a few hundred dollars and keep rolling. My dad's Prius had some battery issues when it had about 250,000 miles on the clock. He bought a replacement pack from a wrecked Prius for $450 and replaced it. It was a total nonissue.

        Name me any modern vehicle that doesn't need a few grand in work done at a quarter million miles.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All that technology and it's still a huge overweight POS.

      This car is nothing but a huge phallic symbol. Completely unnecessary German over-engineered garbage.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I hate that Porsche is putting their engineering effort into non-sports cars, because their sports cars aren't advancing as fast as the competition. A Nissan 370Z can outrun a Boxster/Cayman, and a Nissan GTR can outrun a 911 Turbo, and there's no way a Datsun should be faster than a Porsche!

        And the engineering to make SUVs more efficient is wasted. Eventually, CAFE standards and gas prices will make 2.5 ton vehicles extinct.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is exactly why most hybrids do not sell well. The exception being the Prius (or other small cars).

      A hybrid SUV like this only saves a small percentage of fuel costs.. yet cost so much more.

      Taking combined MPG for the Hybrid version at 23 mpg... and compared to the combined MPG of the regular at 17 mpg... at $3/gallon. The annual savings is only about $550 per year (12,000 miles per year avg).

      Even if gas is $5/gal and the driver does 15,000 miles per year. $1150 per year savings.
      And the driver keeps the car for 10 years. .... that is less than $12k of savings in fuel.

      Even the best case scenario... this fails to save money. The driver would need to be willing to part with another $9,000 just to help with the environment.

        • 4 Years Ago
        My mistake Turbofrog... I misread. Thinking the hybrid was of the same spec as the base model.

        In that case, it works. Sort of. Depending on the miles driven and the price of gasoline.

        I estimate payback of that $4,000 in about 6 - 8 years. Which is fine in my opinion. Good, not great. But when you add in the incentive to reduce CO2, and foreign oil imports. That makes it worth it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Umm, if you read the article, an equivalently specced non-hybrid Cayenne is only $4K cheaper. So even at today's prices, that's a pay off in less than 8 years. Which, granted, is probably longer than most Cayenne owners will keep their cars - but the market has also demonstrated that hybrids have better residuals, so the total ownership cost is often lower.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @DC_Saab95

        You're right. Which is why I was comparing hybrid fuel savings with pure BEVs, and not the prius. I only mentioned it because it is the only hybrid that sells well.

        180 gallons a year is nice. But imagine saving 240! Which is what an EV would save over even the best hybrid. And 400 gallons a year, which is what an electric SUV would save.

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        My point is this:

        The savings in fuel must be justified. And a $9,000 premium does not do it for hybrid saving even 180 gallons per year. Not at these gas prices. Not in the U.S. at least.

        My philosophy, and this goes to GM especially.... "DO IT CHEAPER, OR DON'T DO IT AT ALL"!
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm sorry; comments like this torque me off: "A hybrid SUV like this only saves a small percentage of fuel costs.. yet cost so much more."

        From Edmunds, the combined EPA mileage for Cayenne S & SHybrid is 18 & 23, resp, for a 5mpg gain. A Toyota Pious gets 50mpg, while the comparable Yaris only gets 32mpg, for a 18mpg difference. Since 18 is 3.6x bigger than 5, the Pious driver saves a lot more fuel, right?

        Funny thing about math -- @23mpg over 15k miles, the Cayenne burns ~652 gallons; @18 it burns 833 for a savings of ~180gallons each year. Similar comparison between the (smaller, less-safe) Yaris and the Pious show that the savings is 168 gallons in one year.

        So ACTUALLY, the Cayenne S Hybrid driver is saving MORE gas over the non-Hybrid than the Pious driver over the Yaris... Of course, still burning more in an absolute sense, but you are only arguing marginal gains here.

        If a Hybrid SUV doesn't work for you, then don't buy one. As for me, I will seriously consider one, along with the diesel Touareg.

        GM was right to fit hybrid technology to city buses first (Allison, right?). Incremental gains on the worst offenders is better than big gains on tin cans that weren't burning any fuel to begin with.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is why many people believe that Battery Electric Vehicles will not be a significant part of the new car market for the next decade.

        Because they compare it to the market growth trend of hybrids over the last 15 years.

        Marginal improvements of fuel economy yet major upfront expense.

        **BEVs will not follow this trend, because they offer complete savings from gasoline.

        A BEV can provide owners much more fuel savings than a hybrid ever could.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Look, i'm not a Porsche buyer, but i think Lexus has it right with their RX H.
      0-60 in 7.4 seconds, almost 300hp, and it pulls 29mpg combined.

      The Porsche may be faster, but the fuel economy advantage of the RX is huge.

      I'll give it to Porsche though; they made a hybrid that's actually worth buying and not a total joke. Good MPG for the speed and size of the car; but i think environmentally conscious buyers will look elsewhere. And people who are willing to fork over extra $ for a hybrid are usually the environmentally conscious type.
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