Stroll right into a Porsche dealership within the coming months and also you’ll discover that the speediest model of their largest automobile—the Cayenne—is now a hybrid. Get behind the wheel for 9 hours on the sweeping again roads of central Oregon, as I did, and also you’ll uncover simply how far we’ve come from the concept hybrid means “wheezy and underpowered but thrifty.”
The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is none of these issues. It’s a well-mannered monster that makes use of a 100-kilowatt motor to spice up its four-liter V8 engine, offering 670 horses—that’s extra energy than the Lambo Urus. Mash the pedal and the velocity and smoothness are extra akin to a bullet prepare than a household hauler. The thought behind this dual-drive system got here from Porsche’s 918 Spyder hybrid supercar. Its complicated chassis-control programs are related, too: At larger speeds, the rear axle steers as much as three levels in the identical route because the entrance tires, for extra secure turning. Above 131 miles per hour, its air suspension routinely dips to cut back drag. For max inexperienced cred, you may swap to E Energy mode and drive emission-free—as much as 83 miles per hour for brief stretches.
The complicated powertrain of the Turbo S E-Hybrid might not be for everybody, nonetheless—except you’re actually late to your youngsters’ soccer video games. Within the coming months and years, Porsche will unveil pure electrical SUVs that shall be far easier. Nevertheless it stays to be seen whether or not they’ll be this enjoyable behind the wheel.
Contained in the Telluride, Kia’s New Excessive-Efficiency Crossover
MSRP: from $161,900
zero–60 in three.6 sec.
Torque: 663 lb-ft
High Velocity: 183 mph
Max Cargo: 56.eight cu. ft