Porsche launches most powerful Cayenne of all time

After the successful debut of the new Cayenne in early 2023, Porsche is topping off the comprehensively revised third generation of this successful SUV with its most powerful variant ever – a 544kW plug-in hybrid.

Porsche has upgraded the technology in this successor to the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid in a number of ways, achieving significant gains in electric range and performance in particular. Day-to-day usability and driving dynamics benefit notably from the changes.

An electric motor with 130kW of power supplements the extensively reworked 441kW 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 engine. Together, the two power units deliver a combined power output of 544kW and maximum torque of 950Nm.

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The performance of the Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid more than justifies its billing as the top of the line, with the 0-100km/h sprint achievable in 3.7 seconds. It has a top speed of 295km/h, and offers greater electric range and shorter charging times.

With an increased capacity of 25.9kWh, the high-voltage battery installed beneath the load compartment floor enables a higher overall electric range. The new 11kW on-board charger shortens the charging time at a suitable wall charger or charging station too.

The new Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid models come standard with adaptive air suspension that features new two-chamber, two-valve technology. This makes it possible to adjust the rebound and compression stages of the suspension’s operation separately.

This technology enhances comfort and safety in equal measure while offering an even wider spectrum between the Comfort and Sport Plus suspension settings. The suspension combines confident handling in dynamic cornering and suppression of pitch and roll.

Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) is also standard in the Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid. The rear-axle steering feature is available as an option. Available as an SUV and Coupé, both variants bear the distinctive front-end styling reserved for Turbo models.

The wheel arch trims, and exterior-colour rear bumper further underscore the performance-focused character of the model. Other distinguishing features of the Turbo E-Hybrid model includes two twin tailpipes in brushed stainless steel and red brake callipers.

Inside, aluminium inlays in the dashboard and the door panel trims highlight the heightened focus on performance. The roof lining is covered in Race-Tex. The standard equipment includes a heated GT sports steering wheel.

A mode switch for fast and direct selection of the desired driving mode, and 18-way adaptive and adjustable leather sports seats also feature. Alternatively, 14-way adjustable leather comfort seats are also available.

The new Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid also features a new cockpit with an all-digital instrument cluster in a curved and free-standing design with variable display options, a redesigned centre console and optional passenger display.

Innovative, high-resolution HD-Matrix LED headlights – standard in the new Turbo E-Hybrid models – offer greater comfort and safety in the dark. Locally, both variants also grab privacy glass, lane change assist, a head-up display and DAB+ digital radio.

Porsche dynamic chassis control, adaptive cruise control with emergency stop, lane keep assist, crossroad assist, front seat ventilation (standard on SUV, no-cost option on Coupé), 4-zone climate control and soft close doors are also included.

The new Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid is the second of three hybrid models that Porsche will be introducing during 2023. It is available in SUV form from $288,400 in Australia. The Coupé version starts at $ 297,200. Both prices are plus on-roads.

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