2018 Porsche Cayenne
2018 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid. Photo: Supplied
2018 Porsche Cayenne
2018 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid. Photo: Supplied
2018 Porsche Cayenne
2018 Porsche Cayenne
Dom Tripolone | May, 02 2018 | 0 Comments

Porsche has blended hybrid technology from 918 Spyder with its latest plug-in hybrid SUV. 

Priced from $135,600 before on-road costs, the Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid fleshes out the German marque's updated range, joining the base Cayenne and sportier S and Turbo models in local showrooms. 

Porsche has made several improvements to the new-generation Cayenne's powertrain, namely to the hybrid system which now utilises the same boost strategy used in the 918 Spyder. 

The boost strategy enables the electric engine to work with all the standard sports chrono driving modes, which means that the system's maximum torque is available as soon as you press the accelerator pedal. The battery will charge depending on driving mode: Sport mode will charge just enough for another boost while the Sport Plus setting will charge the batttery as fast as possible, while other driving modes have a more efficiency bias. 

On top of the boost function, Porsche has improved performance from the electric engine by 43 per cent, which translates to an output of 100kW. The German car maker has also squeezed an extra 5kW out of the 3.0-litre V6 turbocharged petrol engine with combined outputs of 340kW and 700Nm. 

Power is delivered to all four wheels via a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The extra performance forces the Cayenne from 0-100km/h in just 5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 253km/h while drinking just a claimed 3.4L/100km. 

The 14.1kWh battery can be charged in under eight hours with a standard connection or in just over two hours with an uprated system. 

However, the Cayenne is more than performance statistics as it features a range of luxury features including a head-up display, massage seats, heated windscreen, 22-inch alloy wheels, digital radio and a surround view camera. 

Porsche has also loaded up the luxury family hauler with a decent amount of safety kit which includes adaptive cruise control with emergency stop function, autonomous emergency braking and lane change assist.

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