First Drive 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid

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First Drive: 2011 Cayenne S Hybrid


It may be another gut for purists, but Porsche’s foray volume products and new segments with a hybrid model for the second-generation Porsche Cayenne. the Cayenne S Hybrid isn’t an overweight Toyota Prius. the hardware and the software feature — or at least unusual approaches to hybrid execution.

The result is that the Porsche doesn’t drive like any hybrid.

New hybrid hardware

primary propulsion for the most Cayenne comes from rightly considered a high-performance when installed in a lighter and automobile. Borrowed from the S4 sport sedan, the 3.0-liter V-6 produces 333 hp and 324 lb-ft of torque. is transmitted to all four wheels an eight-speed automatic transmission by Aisin.

But it’s what’s between the and transmission that turns the into a hybrid. An electric measuring 5.5 inches long, just ahead of the torque It’s good for 47 hp and 295 lb-ft of and raises combined output of the S Hybrid to 380 hp and 427 lb-ft.

Electricity for the and accessories like air conditioning and a steering pump are supplied by a nickel-metal-hydride battery stashed the cargo floor.

The final piece of hybrid-specific is a dry, multiplate clutch between the engine and the electric and it’s the Cayenne hybrid’s distinctive feature. The clutch can the V-6 from the rest of the drivetrain, the Cayenne to coast or move electric power without the of a spinning (but not firing)

It may sound complex, but the Cayenne’s looks quite simple and when you view the technical in our photo gallery. The path of the flows naturally from the of the car, starting with the V-6 and continuing through the clutch, motor (highlighted in red), converter, eight-speed automatic, and case to the four wheels it finally meets the road.

The hybrid system operates in different modes. The first is electric operation, available at throttle and speeds up to about 30 A button labeled E-POWER on the console alters the throttle map so more pedal travel the gas engine starts up.

But even with E-Power you’ll need an absolutely road or a slight downhill if you to maintain or increase your At best, it’s useful for cleanly, and patiently motoring your subdivision before you hit a thoroughfare.

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