You might have thought there were enough mega-powerful SUVs out there in this strange world we occupy, but Porsche apparently doesn't. This is the new, 2020 Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid. With 670 horsepower, it's more powerful than any other SUV Porsche has ever made, and any road-going 911 save the GT2 RS. And even that crazy 911 only manages to beat it by 20 hp.
All that power comes from a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 making 541 horsepower—the same one you get in the non-hybrid Cayenne Turbo—and a 134-hp electric motor that's sat within the SUV's eight-speed automatic gearbox. It's the same basic combo you find in the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid, though in the sedan, the two propulsion sources are paired with a dual-clutch transmission, and not a traditional torque-converter auto like you get in the Cayenne. The SUV makes more torque too—663 lb-ft verses the Panamera's 626 lb-ft.
The results of all this: 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and a limited (!) top speed of 183 mph. One wonders what would happen if the limiter was removed. . .
Of course, all the hybrid accoutrements—including the 14.1-kWh lithium-ion battery that powers the electric motor—is heavy. To make it handle in spite of its mass, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid gets active anti-roll bars, and torque-vectoring with an electronic limited-slip rear differential standard. To make it stop, get carbon-ceramic brakes are part of the basic equipment list, too. For even more fun, you can option rear-wheel steering and a sports-exhaust, too.
You can get your Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid in regular SUV or slightly more rakish Coupe guises. Both will arrive at dealers in the first quarter of 2020, with the base price for the SUV set at $163,250 and the coupe commanding a $2500 premium.
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