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Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid priced at $80950

Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid priced at $80950

The 2018 Porsche Cayenne E-Hybrid has been announced, pairing a powerful V6 motor with a plug-in-rechargeable electric motor assist system. Maximum speed on battery power alone is 83 miles per hour.

The Porsche "E-performance" model adopts the same hybrid boost strategy as the 918 Spyder supercar.

As expected, the new Cayenne E-Hybrid improves on its predecessor in every measurable aspect.

Being a large SUV, the Cayenne E-Hybrid is ideal for road trips and weekends away. It also gets 22-inch wheels, the first ever for a Porsche.

The latest Porsche plug-in hybrid includes the third iteration of Porsche's hybrid powertrain since 2017. The result is a total system output of 455 horsepower from 5,250 to 6,400 RPM and 516 lb-ft of torque from 1,000 to 3,750 RPM.

With a total of 455 hp, the new plug-in model moves from zero to 60 miles per hour in 4.7 seconds.

The Cayenne E-Hybrid's positioning within the Porsche lineup is unique. A new eight-speed transmission, equipped across the entire Cayenne range, offers quicker shifts than before.

The hybrid module, with its combination of electric engine and separating clutch, now uses the previous an electromechanically-operated clutch rather than the previous electro-hydraulic system with a spindle actuator. Interruption of tractive force during gear changes has also been reduced further.

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The hybrid can only be had with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive, but multiple drive modes let the driver choose how power gets to the ground.

Further widening the gap between it and the Cayenne S, the Cayenne E-Hybrid will come standard with the Sport Chrono package when it goes on sale early next year. The other modes support maximum driving efficiency. When this mode is selected, the Cayenne changes and combines the drive sources automatically for ultimate efficiency. The E-Power mode powers the auto using just the electric motor until the battery is depleted. The excess energy is channeled into the battery for later use. We'll have to test the Cayenne E-Hybrid's system when we get in the vehicle to see how it does. Sport and Sport Plus modes are focused on performance with varying degrees of power. The V6 engine is active continuously in these modes.

Beyond the usual Sport and Sport Plus drive modes (which will keep the engine on at all times), there are four more hybrid-specific drive modes: E-Power, Hybrid Auto, E-Hold and E-Charge. We should note that those figures are based on the European range testing cycle; generally, when vehicles are tested by the EPA, those figures will drop. This is an increase of around 30 per cent.

Supporting these capabilities is a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery placed underneath the loading floor in the boot. In Sport Plus mode, the battery is recharged as quickly as possible. Alternatively, with the optional 7.2 kW on-board charger and a 230 V, 32 A connection, the recharge time is shortened to 2.3 hours. Both are improvements over the outgoing model.

The charging process can be managed and monitored via Porsche Communication Management (PCM) and remotely using the Porsche Connect app.

The Porsche Charging Service gives you access to public charging stations through a wide range of local networks without the need to log into each individual provider, with billing covered directly through a Porsche ID account.

Coinciding with the launch of the new variant, Porsche is introducing some fresh options for the Cayenne. It projects all the relevant driving information directly into the driver's line of vision in a full-colour display. Inside, the E-Hybrid has Acid Green needles on the tachometer and Sport Chrono dial. I'm not as sold on that part of Porsche InnoDrive; I tested a similar system in an Audi A5 and found that it had trouble distinguishing between the many speed limit signs posted on usa roadways. A more advanced adaptive cruise control system is also added to the line-up. The system is also capable of recognizing speed limits and adjusting vehicle velocity in cases where temporary speed restrictions are in place.