Driven 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid

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PORSCHE Cayenne 3.0 S Hybrid Tiptronic S Automatic 8-speed 5dr

Driven: 2011 Porsche S Hybrid

For many people, the is an assault on Porsche’s brand The tall and heavy SUV would to be the polar opposite of the sports that have defined But, alas, the Cayenne has Porsche’s bestselling vehicle.


It placate the traditionalists, but the redesigned does try to fit in better with the of the Porsche family. It’s bloated and heavy looking and it’s more sports-car-like with its high and wide console and 911-style gauge (with the tach in the middle). As the Cayenne steers with precision and corners very for a vehicle of its height and weight.

The optional adaptive air suspension, might be worth skipping. It has settings, but the comfort setting so little damping of jounce and that it fails to live up to its — normal or even modes are better.

The new hybrid of the Cayenne works against the improvements, and moves this SUV away from the Porsche

The hybrid pairs a supercharged Audi V-6 with an electric A clutch between the two can decouple the from the rest of the powertrain. most other hybrids, the engine can cut out when you lift off the even at highway speeds, means you can be coasting along at 70 mph and down at the tach and see the needle at 0 (although it actually says rather than 0).

The total system output is 380 hp and 427 of torque, fed to all four wheels via an automatic. It’s EPA rated at 20 mpg 24 mpg highway.

It sounds like a slick system, and some of it are. You really can’t the engine cut out and restart — the of the tach needle is the only And I saw fuel economy as high as an 26 mpg, on a hour-long highway and 26 mpg again, on the return leg with suburban driving.

But there’s a price to pay.

is the sticker price. For the Cayenne S that’s nearly $70,000, is perhaps not too shocking. This is a after all.

But, it’s a Porsche, one needs to that the starting price is that: a place to start. My example piled on some worth of extras, and what was is what was still missing at a blind-spot warning system, a warning system, cooled keyless ignition, a backup even satellite radio.

so everyone knows that are expensive. But the Cayenne Hybrid extracts a price in driveability, and something I don’t expect in a A stop-and-go slog up the miserable Van expressway was a herky-jerky affair in the Hybrid, thanks to ragged tip-in and regenerative brakes are very touchy at the top of the pedal

The latter, particularly, never to be annoying in around-town driving as

Bigger throttle inputs get you the non-linear initial response, but the disappointment comes from the of the powertrain. Whether it’s the V-6, the electric motor, or combination thereof, the dominant is a hollow, metallic resonance will never be mistaken for rasp of a 911.

Compared to the Cayenne S, the Hybrid gets an 4 mpg in the city, and 2 on the highway. Based on alone, it would take 120,000 miles (at $4-per-gallon and 45/55 percent city/highway to recoup the Hybrid’s additional And that whole time, driving a vehicle with that are touchy, initial response that’s jerky, and an note that’s devoid of any excitement.

Oh, and it’s also slower seconds to 60 mph versus 5.6 seconds). but I’ll take a V-8 Cayenne S any

PORSCHE Cayenne 3.0 S Hybrid Tiptronic S Automatic 8-speed 5dr

2011 Porsche Cayenne S

Base price (with $68,765

Price as tested: $

Standard Equipment:

3.0-liter V-6

Electric motor, NiMH

Paralell full hybrid system

8-speed Tiptronic S w/auto stop-start

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PORSCHE Cayenne 3.0 S Hybrid Tiptronic S Automatic 8-speed 5dr
PORSCHE Cayenne 3.0 S Hybrid Tiptronic S Automatic 8-speed 5dr
PORSCHE Cayenne 3.0 S Hybrid Tiptronic S Automatic 8-speed 5dr
PORSCHE Cayenne 3.0 S Hybrid Tiptronic S Automatic 8-speed 5dr
PORSCHE Cayenne 3.0 S Hybrid Tiptronic S Automatic 8-speed 5dr

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