Every time I get behind the wheel of a Porsche Cayenne I’m struck by the fact that I’m driving a sport utility vehicle, not a high-performance sports car that the German automaker is known for. And while it is such a departure from the norm for Porsche, the Cayenne has become its global best seller, now accounting for about a third of all sales. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but there were seven different versions of the popular crossover SUV available in Canada for 2018 model year and as tested here is the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, a plug-in gas/electric hybrid vehicle. Not many people would, but interestingly, Porsche is a leader of the plug-in revolution with not just one, but three PHEVs in its fleet. The 2018 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid is the first PHEV in the premium SUV segment. It’s been said that Porsche builds sportiness into all its vehicles, whether it’s a sports car or SUV, and after driving the 2018 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid, it is every bit as sporty as the other Cayenne models, but without the raw power that some have at the touch of the throttle. The power here comes from a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 engine running in concert with an electric motor, combining to produce 416 hp and 435 lb/ft of torque. Energy is stored in a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 10.8 kWh. This plug-in model replaces the outgoing Cayenne S Hybrid and comes with a more powerful electric motor, producing 97 hp, up from 45. When you hear the word hybrid, your first thoughts might be slow and plodding, but that’s far from the case here. The Cayenne S E-Hybrid does the 0-100 km/h sprint in a sports car-like time of 5.9 seconds, according to the manufacturer. In recent AJAC Car of the Year testing, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid was a touch slower, clocking in at 6.0 seconds for 0-100 km/h and 3.9 seconds 80-120 km/h. Not too shabby when you consider we’re talking about a 2,350 kg vehicle. Braking distance from 100 km/h to 0 is 44.2 metres as regenerative braking kicks in to help replenish the battery. Fuel economy is rated at 11.3/9.8/10.6 L/100 km city/highway/combined in gasoline mode and 5/5/5.0 Le/100 km in electric mode. Porsche Intelligent Engineering with over 70 years of research and development. The steering, brakes, and suspension come together with an aggressive power to weight ratio to put forth one of the most incredible driving experiences on the planet. Porsche truly stands alone in a crowd and we truly believe once you get behind the wheel of one you will understand immediately.
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About Porsche Centre Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan is like no other place on Earth. Wide open spaces, endless living skies, roads that wind as far as the eye can see. Face it...our province was made for Porsche.
Porsche is utterly unlike any other vehicle you'll ever drive. Refined, powerful, luxurious and comfortable. It’s everything you could ever want in a vehicle – the finest in workmanship, technology and exclusivity.
As Saskatchewan’s first and only Porsche dealer, Porsche Centre Saskatchewan is your place to purchase, service and outfit your dream vehicle. Our certified sales professionals, the most highly trained service technicians in the industry and an ongoing commitment to customer care make the Porsche ownership experience entirely unique and enjoyable.
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