Porsche, more than any other manufacturer, has a laser focus on making sure enthusiasts know hybrids don’t have to be boring. The Panamera Turbo S e-Hybrid has been on the market for over a year now, and the 670 horsepower super sedan can beat the pants off of most things that would have been considered a supercar just a decade ago. Sure, hybrids are nice for saving a bit of cash at the pump, but Porsche has made sure that the highest power cars in its fleet are hybrids. Continuing that line, Porsche has added hybrid power to the Cayenne Turbo for 2020, giving the world a Cayenne Turbo S e-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo S e-Hybrid Coupe. This means you can not only can you have your instant-torque power boosting cake, but you can eat it, too as you crawl around big cities on silent EV-only power emitting zero hydrocarbons. Win win!
By combining a 4-liter twin-turbo V8 with a powerful electric motor, the new range-topping Turbo S e-Hybrid Porsche SUV will offer that same 670 horsepower for absurd acceleration. The turbocharged engine makes 541 horsepower on its own, and the addition of a 134 horsepower worth of electric propulsion. The Turbo S e-Hybrid models will both reach sixty miles per hour from a standstill in just 3.6 seconds, which is downright astonishing considering the size and heft of the Cayenne. Both the standard Cayenne and Cayenne Coupe versions are electronically limited to 183 miles per hour. Can you even fathom rocketing along at just shy of 200 miles per hour in an SUV?
The Turbo S e-Hybrid models come with PCCB brakes, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, and Sport Chrono packages as standard. Also included are a special set of 21-inch “Aero Design” wheels and wheel arch flares painted in body color rather than black matte. Available as options for the new e-Hybrid are a Sport Exhaust system and rear axle steering. Both of which are pretty much mandatory, right?
If you’re going to go to the trouble of getting the most powerful SUV in the Porsche lineup, you should probably also order the Cayenne Coupe model with the available Lightweight Sport package. This pack includes a carbon fiber roof, 22-inch GT Design Wheels, the Sport Design Package, the Carbon Interior Package, a Heated Multifunction Sport Steering Wheel in Alcantara, an Alcantara roof liner, black and silver Houndstooth seat centers and various exterior body parts in carbon fiber. All of that sounds pretty rad to me!
Slightly less interesting, Porsche has also made the standard Cayenne e-Hybrid available in Cayenne Coupe guise now. That model carries over the same drivetrain as the regular Cayenne e-Hybrid—a 3-liter turbo V6 and electric motor with a total output of 455 horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque—only in the lower-roof Cayenne Coupe body. Still cool, but not nearly as awesome as the fire-breathing Turbo S e-Hybrid model.
The Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe and Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe are all expected to reach U.S. Porsche dealerships in the first quarter of 2020. The starting MSRPs are $161,900 for the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, $164,400 for the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe and $86,400 for the 2020 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe, all excluding $1,350 for processing, delivery and handling.