As Porsche prepares to launch its first full-electric sports sedan, the Taycan, the automaker is introducing plug-in hybrid powertrains on its Cayenne Coupe SUV.
The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe will be equipped with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 gasoline engine combined with an electric motor that will together deliver 670 hp. The Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe combines a 3.0-liter single-turbo V-6 gasoline engine and electric motor to deliver 455 hp.
The Cayenne Coupe plug-ins join the Cayenne Turbo S E and Cayenne E-Hybrid in adding plug-in hybrid versions.
All four Cayennes plug-in hybrids are now available to order. Prices in Europe start at 91,684 euros for the Cayenne E-Hybrid and 95,968 euros for the Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe.
The twin-turbo plug-in has an electric-only range of 40 km (25 miles), while the V-6 plug-ins can achieve 43 km (27 miles) in electric mode.
The Cayenne was Porsche's third-best-selling model in Europe through June, with sales of 5,783, according to JATO Dynamics, down 25 percent from 7,753 in 2018. The smaller Macan crossover is the No .1 seller rising 16 percent to 14,055, followed by the 911 sports car, which dropped 42 percent to 7,388.
By hybridizing the Cayenne lineup, Porsche can deliver the driving performance expected from the brand, while meeting global emissions standards.
Adding electric motors to high-performance engines provides the boost that used to come from turbo-charging but without the lag, said Sam Fiorani, vice president at AutoForecast Solutions.
"With a 670-hp hybrid engine, Porsche can amp up the power of the Cayenne without hurting its emissions and showcasing the engineering that has always been a hallmark of Porsche," Fiorani said.
The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and its coupe variant sprint from 0 to 100 kph (62 mph) in 3.8 seconds, toward an electronically limited top speed of 295 kph (183 mph).