Arrival: 2011 Porsche Cayenne

We’ve commenced a new analysis method for our long-phrase autos here at Motor Trend, whereby person editors will successfully “personal” the cars for all or most of the time we have them in the fleet. The concept is to enhance the good quality of our lengthy-expression reports, to get outside of what can usually boil down to a collection of impressions, and also get to the nitty-gritty of what it really is in fact like to stay with the motor vehicle underneath test.

“Owning” our new Porsche Cayenne extended-termer may possibly not appear like taking a single for the crew, but bear with me. I could have ordered the Turbo car. Soon after all, a 500-horsepower Sports Uility Vehicle  that’ll nail -60 in the reduced 4s and has a claimed prime speed of 172 mph seems wickedly entertaining. But, no, in the interests of journalistic endeavor, I ordered the S Hybrid.

Why so? It can be technically intriguing. The powertrain is composed of a 333 bhp, supercharged three.-liter V-six and eight-pace automated transmission with a compact 47-bhp electric motor. Whole system output is 380 bhp and 427 pound-ft, in contrast with the four hundred bhp and 369 pound-ft delivered by the 4.eight-liter V-eight in the typical Cayenne S. It really is also philosophically interesting.


While today’s diesels can produce remarkable functionality and a diesel is provided in Euro-spec Cayennes, Porsche engineers are not completely convinced oil-burners are appropriate for the brand name. So this is Zuffenhausen’s choice: a performance-oriented hybrid. And I want to locate out whether the hardware delivers on the guarantee.

It failed to get much more than a handful of clicks on the possibilities configurator to send the S Hybrid’s sticker soaring from the $68,675 base value to $93,285. The 20-inch Cayenne SportDesign II wheels additional $2730, XM radio $750, and a trailer hitch $650. The Top quality Package deal As well as price $eleven,650, but it contains the air suspension along with PASM, the 26. 4-gallon prolonged fuel tank, and forteen way power seats with memory-amid other goodies-that I figure will make the S Hybrid a killer road-trip car.

Alright, now about that color. It is named Sand Yellow, expenses $3140 added, and we ordered it since the photo/video clip guys desired one thing to liven up the prolonged-phrase fleet’s color palette. Not my 1st option, I’ll admit, but, hey, I’ll get 1 for the staff.

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