Porsche chose the New York Auto Show as the first North American venue to showcase its second-generation Cayenne luxury SUV, including the high-performance Turbo model and fuel-efficient Hybrid.
The Cayenne S Hybrid, the first production hybrid from the German sports car maker, is powered by a 3.o-liter V6 engine that is supercharged and mated to a 47-hp electric motor for a total of 380-hp and 427 ft-lbs of torque. Porsche claims the Cayenne S Hybrid can travel up to 40 mph on just electric power and can cruise on pure electric power at speeds of up to 97 mph. Interestingly, Porsche has chosen to leave the hybrid badging off the rear of the Cayenne and instead paste it on the front fenders. Whether this is to highlight or hide the car’s alternative powertrain, we’re not sure.
Also offered is a new Cayenne S model with a 400-hp V8 as well as the range-topping Turbo, with its twin-turbo 4.8-liter V8 engine making 500-hp. The fully-capable SUV has actually grown slightly with just over an inch of extra space between the wheels. This should help provide a little extra leg room.
Set to arrive in dealers later this year, the Cayenne starts at $46,700 and the Cayenne S starts at $63,700, while the S Hybrid will fetch a small premium on top of that at $67,700. The Turbo model then takes a big jump, all the way to $104,800. In Canada, pricing is set at $58,200 (V6), $76,000 (S), $80,800 (S Hybrid), $123,900 (Turbo).