I love the opening line of a post about the Porsche Cayenne Hybrid on GreenCarReports.com: “Hell is freezing over pretty frequently these days, it seems.” Kind of feels like that for us Porsche fans in recent years. Diesel this. Hybrid that. 4 door 911.
Porsche worlds are colliding all over the place!
It looks like the 2011 Cayenne Hybrid is going to start hitting dealers late in 2010. It’s supposed to get 26 mpg according to German Automobilwoche. Here are a few reminder points that make this SUV pretty amazing:
- Direct-injected, supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine
- 333 horsepower
- 221 lb-ft of torque from the electric motor ALONE
- Tuned to give maximum electric assist at highway speeds (unlike most hybrids tuned for city driving)
- Claimed all-electric running at speeds up to 86 mph
- 0 to 62 in 6.8 seconds
Price hasn’t be set yet for the Cayenne Hybrid, but it’s expected to be in the $125,000 range.
I’ve long loved the idea of the hybrid. Even though the Prius is a bit on the ugly side, it seems like the gold standard for hybrids. At one point I wanted to buy a Prius, double the battery banks and mod it to get 100+ mpg. For some reason the Prius appeals to the techie side of me. So the Cayenne Hybrid, especially when they start talking about speeds up to 86 mph on battery alone, is pretty enticing. Course, if I was going to consider a Cayenne, realistically it would take a Turbo to get me into the driver’s seat.