Just like with Porsche’s upgraded 2021 Panamera E-Hybrid models, the new 2021 Cayenne E-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid receive a larger battery for much more full-electric range.
Both new Cayenne E-Hybrid and Turbo S E-Hybrid’s drive systems have been comprehensively upgraded from their predecessors, with their all-electric range improved by approximately 27 percent due to greater battery capacity. The new battery grows from 14.1 to 17.9 kWh, all thanks to cell optimization leading to improved energy density.
This means the Cayenne E-Hybrid should be capable of increasing its EV running distance from about 22 or 23 kilometres to almost 30 km, a significant increase that could provide owners the ability to commute back and forth to the office with little to no tailpipe emissions. The Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid, which weighs more, won’t likely be able to achieve quite as much EV range as the non-Turbo variant, but its electric-only capability will nevertheless increase from about 19 or 20 km to approximately 24 or 25 km.
Additionally, Porsche has modified the way the internal combustion engine (ICE) recharges the battery. Now it will only charge to 80 percent while driving, instead of 100 percent, due to the final 20-percent charging process requiring more time and energy than it's worth. On this note, Cayenne E-Hybrid models wouldn’t be able to fully utilize their energy recapturing technologies, such as kinetic regenerative braking, if the battery was completely charged to 100 percent by the ICE, so therefore the upgrade causes the ICE to do less work and reduce fuel usage.
The new 17.9 kWh battery can also be charged at a higher rate when in Sport and Sport Plus modes, which means the 2021 Cayenne E-Hybrids should always have ample electric boost to enhance acceleration.
Total output of the new 2021 Cayenne E-Hybrid models remain an impressive 455 net horsepower and 516 lb-ft of torque, whereas new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid models continue to put out a stellar 670 net horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque.
Plug-in versions of the regular Cayenne and the Cayenne Coupe will receive the new E-Hybrid improvements for 2021, with the entire electrified Cayenne range including the $93,800 Cayenne E-Hybrid, the $100,400 Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe, the $185,600 Turbo S E-Hybrid, and the $191,200 Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe.
The regular Cayenne E-Hybrid can sprint from standstill to 100 km/h in just 5.0 seconds with its Sport Chrono Package before attaining a top track speed of 253 km/h, whereas a similarly equipped Cayenne E-Hybrid Coupe needs another 0.1 seconds to achieve the same zero to 100 km/h sprint time, albeit tops out at the same speed. Both 2021 Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe models, on the other hand, can blast from zero to 100 km/h in an ultra-quick 3.8 seconds before arriving at a top speed of 295 km/h.
New 2021 Cayenne E-Hybrid 2021 Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid models can now be ordered at Porsche Centre Vancouver, with deliveries expected in the spring of 2021. Contact Porsche Centre Vancouver now at (604) 736-7911, or visit us in our showroom at 688 Terminal Ave, Vancouver.
Story credits: Trevor Hofmann
Photo credits: Porsche
Date Posted: November 7, 2020