Forget the Turbo S, the Cayenne's next range topper opts for hybrid assistance for producing big power.
The next-generation Porsche Cayenne (pictured here) probably won’t debut until later this year, but company boss Oliver Blume will already confirm that the range topping version of the new crossover will be the Turbo S E-Hybrid. It’ll share the same biturbo 4.0-litre V8 with plug-in hybrid assistance from the newly revealed Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.
While Blume doesn’t offer any further details about the powertrain, it would likely produce the same 671 horsepower and 627 pound-feet as in the Panamera. The 14.1-kilowatt-hour battery provides the sedan with a 50-kilometre range on electric power. The eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic routes power to the front and rear axles, which allows the four-door to reach 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour) in 3.4 seconds and top speed of 310 km/h (192 mph).
“That’s kind of our idea, to promote the electric power and therefore make the top-of-the-line model a hybrid version, like the Turbo S,” Blume told Motoring.
It’s still not clear whether the biturbo V8 hybrid might also be available in the Sport Turismo. At launch, Porsche’s sole electrified powerplant for the wagon is the E-Hybrid that uses a biturbo 2.9-litre V6 for the internal combustion part of the drivetrain combo. It makes a fairly potent 456 hp and 517 lb-ft.
Porsche’s lineup will become increasingly electrified over the next few years, including additions like this pair of models and the production version of the Mission E Concept. Multiple rumors indicate the next 911 could have hybrid assistance, but there isn’t a final decision on that offering yet, according to Blume. “If you could come with a plug-in hybrid… it isn’t decided yet, but the concept of the new 911 will be able to integrate a plug-in hybrid,” he told Motoring. We expect the latest iteration of the sports coupe late next year, but it’s not clear whether the hybrid would part of the powertrain range at launch.