porsche elite living africa 2Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid. (Photo: Porsche)Porsche is expanding its range of hybrids with the new Cayenne E-Hybrid even further, and combines the best driving dynamics in its class with maximum efficiency



The porsche features a 3.0-litre V6 engine (250 kW/340 hp) combines with an electric motor (100 kW/136 hp) to generate total system power of 462 hp (340 kW). The maximum torque of 700 Nm is already available just above idling speed; the boost strategy matches that of the 918 Spyder super sports car. The plug-in hybrid drive of the Cayenne enables acceleration from 0 to 62 mph in 5.0 seconds and a maximum speed of 157 mph. Where possible, the new Cayenne E-Hybrid can cover a distance of up to 27 miles and reach a speed of 83 mph on electricity alone.

Alongside the launch of the Cayenne E-Hybrid, Porsche is expanding the range of comfort and assistance systems for the entire Cayenne series with additional options such as a new head-up display, massage seats and 22-inch diameter alloy wheels (UK market availability to be confirmed).

The Cayenne E-Hybrid is the latest stage in the Porsche e-performance journey. While the power output of the combustion engine moderately improves on its predecessor by seven horsepower to 340 hp (250 kW), the performance of the electric engine is now over 43 per cent higher at 100 kW (136 hp). Combined, they deliver a total system power of 462 hp (340 kW).

The extent of the boost support and battery charging during the journey depend on the driving mode. In the performance-focused Sport and Sport Plus modes, virtually all of the battery's energy can be used for a boost. In Sport mode, the battery is charged just as much as is required for a new boost. In Sport Plus mode, the battery is recharged as quickly as possible. The other modes support maximum driving efficiency.

Battery capacity has improved significantly in the Cayenne E-Hybrid, along with the distance on electricity and the boost reserves: in comparison to the previous model, capacity has increased from 10.8 to 14.1 kWh. Within 7.8 hours, the high-voltage battery is charged fully via a 230 volt connection with ten amps. If the optional 7.2 kilowatt on-board charger and a 230 volt connection with 32 amps are used as an alternative to the standard 3.6 kilowatt charger, the battery is ‘filled up’ again after only 2.3 hours.

Porsche has redesigned the Cayenne E-Hybrid drivetrain. The hybrid module consists of a highly-integrated combination of electric motor and separating clutch. In contrast to the previous electro-hydraulic system with the spindle actuator, the separating clutch is operated electro-mechanically, which ensures even faster reaction times. The transmission acquires the new Tiptronic S, newly developed for the entire Cayenne range with eight speeds. The automatic gearbox not only offers even more comfortable and smoother starting, but also significantly speeds up shifting. Interruption of tractive force during shifts has also been reduced further.

Porsche is also expanding its range of assistance systems and optional features for the entire model range with a variety of innovations. Other new features available in the Cayenne are massage seats, a heated windscreen, independent heating with remote opera