2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid Tiptronic Test Drive and Review

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The Bottom Line


exterior styling meets a interior

Achieves improbable between SUV size, sedan efficiency and sports car involvement

a hybrid sport ute for performance


Basic luxury like leather ($3,655) and assist ($1,095) aren’t

Steep $86,510 as-tested pushes temptingly close to territory

Addictive thrust it all too easy to drain the 22 gallon tank


Price: (base), $86,510 (as equipped)

Supercharged 3.0 liter V6 + electric 288 volt NiVH battery

output: 380 horsepower, 428 lb-ft of

8-speed Tiptronic automatic with auto start/stop

economy: 20 mpg city /24 mpg highway

brakes: 14.2 vented 6-piston calipers; Rear 13 vented rotors, 4-piston

Test options include interior ($3,655), air suspension convenience package ($4,520), assist ($1,095)

Towing 7,716 pounds

Curb 4,938 lbs

Performance: 0-60 mph in 6.1 150 mph top speed

Guide Review 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Tiptronic

Porsche purists cried … when the Cayenne in 2002, claiming the German ute was diluting the brand’s sporty appeal. Fast forward to the third generation, and the Cayenne lineup has gained power and hundreds of pounds of flab, increasing efficiency with the of a supercharged, parallel hybrid a setup that has also its way into Volkswagen#8217;s more Touareg.

The cabin of my Cayenne S test car is a delightfully well space; a Panamera-like console an air of sedan coziness, the dashboard is in smooth leather and the interior pleasantly spacious#8212;though its rakish and small rear window outward visibility an iffy

But you wouldn’t buy a Porsche to look out the window; you write that for the luxury of blurring the windshield and straightening out kinky, curving within those parameters, the S Hybrid performs surprisingly considering its capacity for fuel-sipping. the engine can shut off while at speeds up to 86 mph, moderate tip-in brings the 3.0 liter V6 to creating a perceptible nudge in

Eco nerds note: a Prius-like Energy Flow chart a visual interpretation of how electric/gas is getting distributed and recouped all four wheels. The supercharged combustion mill offers acceleration, especially when the button is depressed and the driver is to generously lay into the throttle. I averaged mid-20 mpg figures behaving myself, I dipped the teens when my inner 16 got the best of me.

Steering effort feels but communicative at low speeds, tightening up as the gains momentum, and the brakes are strong. Highway velocities a deliciously quiet hush creeps into the cabin, a quality that counters the driver-oriented cockpit and dynamics.

In fact, the Porsche Cayenne S offers a bit of a mixed metaphor in how it the performance/fuel economy matrix: on one this is a technologically advanced car achieves impressive mpg figures to a wiley combination of supercharged, internal combustion and advanced formulations. It’s also a grippy SUV whose performance belie its fuel economy The Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid the best of both worlds#8212;performance and economy#8212;but those seemingly qualities come at a rather price, especially when pesky option boxes are

So there you have it: The Porsche S Hybrid supports F. Scott maxim that the rich are than you and me.#8221; With the resources, they can drive performance cars without the of single-digit fuel economy#8212;that is, they have the self-control to lay off the gas

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