Yes, even Porsche has joined the hybrid club. It brought its first production-ready gasoline/electric creation to the 2010 New York Auto Show: the 2011 Cayenne S Hybrid.
Developed under the same platform and drivetrain that underpins the new Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, the Cayenne S Hybrid features a 333-horsepower 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, straight out of the Audi S4′s engine bay. That’s paired to a 47-horse electric motor by a clutch capable of being decoupled from either input source, allowing the Cayenne S Hybrid to run in either gasoline or electric mode exclusively. Put them both together and a whopping 428 pound-feet of torque is available, ensuring this hybrid values acceleration as much as it does fuel economy. An eight-speed automatic transmission rounds out the mechanical package.
Inside, a sophisticated Hybrid Controller system monitors and manages the center clutch, showing the driver which power mode the vehicle is running in. The SUV can be driven in electric mode alone up to 40 miles and is capable of coasting (or ‘sailing’ in Porsche-speak) at speeds up to 86 mph using just the electric motor to keep momentum. Not surprisingly, Porsche targets America as its biggest market for the Cayenne S Hybrid, as Europe has already embraced the diesel-powered Cayenne. The hybrid should also help Zuffenhausen lower its fleet emissions in the U.S. to meet upcoming CAFÉ regulations.
Pricing for the Cayenne S Hybrid will start at $67,700 not including destination charges, though an availability date has not yet been announced.