2017 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid
From a name still synonymous with sports cars, comes the 2017 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid utility. We admit we were among those skeptical when the original Cayenne SUV debuted in 2003, but this plug-in hybrid version proves there’s room for sportiness and electrical efficiency in an all-wheel drive utility.
And it’s quick with a big hit of torque right off the line. That comes from a robust sounding supercharged 3-litre V6 engine partnered with an electric motor producing a combined 416 horsepower. The switch between power sources is buttery smooth… making acceleration uncompromisingly exciting. An 8-speed Tiptronic gearbox automatically delivers shifts that also come on fast.
Like most Euro plug-ins, its 10.8 kWh lithium-ion battery provides electric mostly for commuting; of about 14-miles. Total driving range is 480 miles.
Overall, driving dynamics are “right there” for any Porsche… little over or under steer. Active Suspension Management allows for very little body roll as well.
Inside, it’s roomy with more Porsche Sporty DNA. The seats are very comfortable with brawny bolsters. You’re riding high above the road, with headroom to spare.
Before you get in, Porsche Car Connect can adjust the cabin’s temperature to your liking while charging… leaving more power for the miles ahead.
The 2017 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is now at dealers starting just under $80,000.
Engine: 3 liter
Price: Starting just under $80,000