Porsche claims that the Sport Chrono-equipped Turbo E-Hybrid will crack 60mph from a standstill in 3.4sec, which is one-tenth faster than a Porsche Cayenne Turbo E-Hybrid. As with the dealing with, you’ll be hard-pressed to detect the shaved tenths of a second on the highway, the place the Cayenne stays blisteringly, virtually anti-socially, quick.
Peak torque stays at a monstrously excessive 590lb ft and is offered wherever between 2000 and 4500rpm, which is simply the place you want it for devastating point-to-point tempo. Together with the slick eight-speed auto that has an uncanny potential to second guess your wants, it permits the Turbo to make mincemeat of the straights between corners and any vehicles that occur to be in your method, all of which can be left within the wake of your bellowing, belching non-obligatory sports activities exhaust.
You may as well get the Coupe in S E-Hybrid trim. This additionally makes use of a V8 engine and plug-in powertrain, however energy is decreased to 519bhp whereas the 0-60 is 4.7 seconds. Nonetheless a lot quick, then.
As talked about, the S is now a V8 – with no hybrid intergration. This engine is magnificent, actually. It is fast, versatile, usable, thrilling, comfy and bombastic with the sports activities exhaust. Sure, it’s seen service in quite a few VW Group merchandise, however the Cayenne offers out its 443 lb ft of torque like a croupier on the On line casino de Monte Carlo.
The E-Hybrid is a 3.0-litre V6 PHEV. On paper, it is simply as quick because the V8 S however except you have to cut back your BIK it is not the one to go for. It transitions from petrol to electrical easily and its integration with the gearbox is elegant. When it’s at full chat, the 176bhp electrical motor decadently imbues the torque gaps of the three.0-litre V6 and it feels prefer it’s doing a ok impression of a V8. The issue that it is simply not as broad because the V8.
Boggo Cayennes include an up to date 3.0-litre V6. It feels torquier than the outdated one and is a good choice for these on a (relative) funds.
But for all its pace and skill, the Coupé nonetheless isn’t a enjoyable automotive within the conventional sense. There’s satisfaction available from working its exact and honed controls and real awe at its otherworldly potential to devour any highway you throw at it with such jaw-dropping composure, however the sense of connection isn’t deep sufficient and there’s all the time a nagging sense that the automotive is doing a lot of the work. However then it’s a leviathan SUV and never a stripped-out sports activities automotive, so maybe we’re being unfair.
Arguably a greater indication of the form of use the automotive is admittedly meant for is revealed whenever you knock all of the settings again. Row again from Sport Plus mode and the Cayenne Coupé is remodeled right into a hushed, stress-free and intensely speedy GT automotive. Even on mammoth 20in wheels, there’s a plushness to the trip, the air springs including simply sufficient waft, whereas solely actually ragged and torn Tarmac betrays these huge rims, when there’s a slight brittleness to proceedings. It’s quiet too, the skin world relegated to nothing greater than a really distant whoosh across the door mirrors and the odd thump from the suspension over a very deep pothole or sharp ridge.