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Only a few more days remain before the arrival of the 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid. It'll carry a $21,000 premium over the plain-Jane V6 Porsche Cayenne, but for your $67,700 you'll hold onto the performance and gain a helping of frugality. The supercharged, 333-horsepower six-cylinder with battery help does 0-to-60 in 6.1 seconds and 25 miles per gallon is the highway return. Plus, you get a max speed of 37 mph in electric operation and all that instant torque. You'll find more info in the press release after the jump, and your checkbook is probably on your dresser if you're ready to do this dance right now.

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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
      From everything I have ever read it would seem that a diesel is a better option, whether it be the Range Rove diesel or the Cayenne diesel.
      Why is it so hard/impossible to get a diesel SUV in this country?
      Linda Smith
      • 4 Years Ago
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      Think Green, and Buy Green. That is for America's Benifit...... God made green
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      tides ...... luxury cars are a wonderful new way to express your support for a green earth. and sensitivty the issues of the middle east and a clean earth. Also for an exciting new industry. The only one who I can see objecting is an evil greedy oil slick,who wants to make a profit at the expense of us all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Porsche Wake Up!! Whats next? a Crew Cab? They should make affordable sports cars like the old 944 and stay away from yuppy SUV's.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Porsche tried buying VW by playing Gordon Gekko and using Wall street witchcraft. It backfired on them and as fate would have it, VW ended up buying Porsche. Why can't Porsche obtain Touraeg's diesel engine or Audi's potent Le mans winning diesel engine ? Why would they choose to follow the trend set by a Japanese company ?

      Looks like rich people like hybrids and thats why Porsche is giving them a hybrid. The rich in America would choose to depend less on foreign oil and depend more on chinese excavated rare earth materials for Hybrid batteries. I don't understand the logic.

      Who would you guys choose to depend on? Foreign oil or foreign rare earth materials and foreign oil ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        If I was rich I wouldn't get the Hybrid, I would wait for the Turbo S :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Looks like rich people like hybrids and thats why Porsche is giving them a hybrid"

        why ask questions when you already know the answer?
      • 4 Years Ago
      So, in 2 days...haha
      • 4 Years Ago
      "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."

      Is it just me or does anyone else think it's totally crazy that the turbo model is almost 3 times the cost of the base Cayenne? WOW
        • 4 Years Ago
        the turbo is 2.24 times more expensive, not 3 times more. if you start putting options on the normal Cayenne, options that are standard on the turbo, you will notice that the turbo isn't actually very expensive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love this truck! Although I'm still not entirely sold on the hybrid function, it is a step in the right direction.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It makes sense for Porsche because they will sell them and make money on them. I think it's a killer package and I'm trying to talk my sister into this rather than an RX400h.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Agreed. What's the point of paying thousands of dollars extra and creating the waste associated with a battery to gain THREE miles per gallon.

      At least the Escalade doubled it's MPG, and only held what a two thousand dollar premium?
        • 4 Years Ago

        I didn't see that on the EPA's website, but thanks for pointing out that's an E85 figure.

        Also, yay for another reply to be downvoted! =D
        • 4 Years Ago
        As far as I'm concerned, they're both luxury SUV's and they're both hybrids. There aren't many of the combined class, so while you may never cross-shop an Escalade for a Cayenne (at least I sure damn hope not) they are technically competitors as they're both rarities in their field.

        All I'm saying is give us big results (100-200% increased fuel economy or greater) or don't even do a hybrid.

        Diesels/turbo diesels are a heck of a lot cooler and in many cases more efficient to begin with, so let's start there.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was going based off of FuelEconomy.gov to give US EPA figures.

        I was also mentioning the mileage increase, by PERCENTAGE, per model. I wasn't at all saying "this model has better mileage than that model" but was pointing out that while the Cayenne's hybrid gives it 31% better city mileage, the Escalade's gives it 100% better city mileage, which IMO makes it much more worth it.

        Also, the 3.0 liter diesel makes 405-410 ft-lbs (depending on year and tuning) torque, which is kind've the point when you're moving this much mass.

        Anyway, the debate is lost upon the majority, so I digress.
        • 4 Years Ago
        City Fuel Economy in l/100km

        Escalade: 15.3
        Escalade Hybrid: 10.4

        Cayenne S: 14.5
        Cayenne Hybrid: 8.7

        So it does offer a similar mileage increase as the Escalade.

        Porsche does offer the Cayenne with a diesel engine in certain markets, but it only has 240hp.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And it is a utility vehicle (albeit a very nice one) so mpg does make a difference for something like this. Probably will be peoples daily driver.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its about $4K more than the Cayenne S with 20 less HP (380 vs 400), but 20% better mileage. I can see people buying into that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This green movement seems to be going a bit too far.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Necturus? Is that YOU?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm not particularly impressed by the Cayenne hybird... :(
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