Porsche’s Cayenne Turbo and Cayenne S E-Hybrids Bring Huge Power And Huge Efficiency

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Despite a 6,000 lb curb weight and 729 hp, the Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid shredded Parcmotor Catelloni in Spain
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While the base E-Hybrid comes on the Cayenne’s seriously good steel spring suspension, the S E-Hybrid comes with the same two-valve, two-chamber air suspension that blew me away on the Cayenne S. The ride quality on offer here is excellent, as is the speed with which the suspension reacts to changes in the road. There were (once again) times when I had the SUV in Sport Plus mode and forgot about it.

America has a problem. Well, actually it has a lot of problems, but the (small) one I’m talking about here is that it just doesn’t seem to “get” plug-in hybrids. Sure, they sell here, but how often do people actually plug them in? Even though there are real benefits to doing so. We also tend to think of PHEVs as being efficient, rather than as a performance vehicle but Porsche is trying to change that with the newest versions of its Cayenne E-Hybrid.

Yeah, holy shit. This thing is amazing. Sure, it’s still a very heavy SUV, but it’s shockingly agile and thanks to big carbon ceramic brakes, hauling that weight down from stratospheric speeds for corners is possible for more than a single lap. I’m not usually a huge fan of “high-performance SUVs.” It just seems like you’re asking one vehicle to do everything and the results aren’t usually great. Just look at the Lamborghini Urus Performante for evidence of this.