Necessity is the mother of invention. The depleting resources and the constant ever-increasing needs of the consumers have led the automobile companies to focus on renewable or alternate energy resources that do not hamper the performance or the comfort of the user. The Porsche Cayenne e-hybrid is one of the best performing and a substantial step towards eco-friendly automobiles.
The time in quarantine has aided us with a lot of time to introspect and reflect on our actions and perceptions. The novel coronavirus has forced us to see things that we neglected or ignored previously. Transportation is one of the most prominent degraders of the environment that has prompted the world to save our planet before it is too late. The automobile industry has shifted its gears in the right direction by incorporating electric and other less harmful alternates over fuel. Since the first car ever made in 1886, the world of cars and automobiles has undergone a rigorous make-over. Over two centuries, from the most basic vehicles to smart and supercars – there’s something for every need and requirement.
Porsche is one of the most renowned luxury car manufactures. To say they have been keen on technological advancement and luxury might be an understatement. They were the first car company to initiate in the world of hybrid cars and models that struck the right balance between performance as well as luxury. The first hybrid car (a vehicle that uses two or more distinct types of power, such as submarines that use diesel when surfaced and batteries when submerged) was designed and produced by the founder of Porsche, Ferdinand Porsche in 1900-1905 and was known as the Lohner-Porsche Mixed Hybrid. This was only the beginning of an era that would change the automobile industry forever.
Almost every luxury automobile company starting hopping on the same bandwagon, from regular cars to sports car companies created their versions of the technology. One of the proud addition to the automobile line-up of Porsche is the motorsport SUVs with a plugin e-hybrid to elevate the perception of performance and luxury.
The 2019 Porsche Cayenne e-hybrid and Porsche Cayenne Turbo S e-hybrid set a benchmark for the Porsche cars in regards to design, efficiency, performance, and comfort. Kick-starting the new decade with a new version of the Cayenne, the ridiculously powerful 541-hp seemed to now be the beta dog. The 2020 versions skip the 335-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 for a better 4.0-liter V-8 while the Turbo S hybrid uses the 541-hp twin-turbo V-8. Ripping to 0 mph in mere 3.2 seconds, this beast of a car covers a quarter-mile time of 11.5 seconds at 121 mph, crowning itself to be the quickest SUV in comparison with Lamborghini Urus, Tesla Model X and Mercedes-Benz GLC63 S Coupe.
There are six driving modes available in both the variants: E-Power operates on electricity alone; E-Charge simultaneously charges the battery and powers the car, E-Hold maintains the battery’s current state of charge for use later, Hybrid Auto utilizes both the engine and electric motor, and Sport and Sport Plus focus all systems on performance and keep the gas engine on and ready. The unique 21-inch wheels, body-color wheel-arch extensions, and polarizing Acid Green paint for the brake calipers are constant.
On the same day, Porsche announced the Turbo S E-Hybrid variant of its standard Cayenne in a sleeker and more chic or car-like version, the Cayenne Coupe. This stylish version does not compromise of any element. Powered by a 3.0-liter V6 with an electric motor sandwiched between the engine and its standard eight-speed automatic transmission and The 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet torque makes it a cakewalk for the car to hit 0 miles per hour in just 4.7 seconds. The Cayenne Coupe e-hybrid comes with 14.1kWh battery. While its stronger sibling, the Porsche Cayenne Coupe Turbo S e-hybrid uses the beefier 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 making it easy for the achieve 60 mph takes just 3.6 seconds, and the top speed is bumped up to 183 mph. Porsche’s carbon-ceramic brakes, adaptive dampers, and torque vectoring carry the legacy ahead.
The eight-way power sport seats, a fixed glass panoramic roof, and 20-inch alloy wheels only add into the style quotient of this potent automobile. Though sleek and moving away from the traditional SUV design, the Cayenne Coupe still rides on the same wheelbase, hence there is no effect on the legroom of cabin storage. The 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen, onboard Wi-Fi, Apple CarPlay, and the dual-zone automatic climate control along with the eight-way power-adjustable seats, create a sporty environment for all the passengers. There are other additional features to choose from, like a louder sport exhaust and rear-axle steering. The seats can be outfitted in a classic Porsche hound’s tooth pattern cloth, or the standard 10-speaker stereo can be replaced by either a 14-speaker Bose setup or a 21-speaker Burmester 3D High-End system, and other exciting features can be customized into the car. Bespoke activities like the Exclusive Manufaktur program is available with the Coupe as well.
Cars like the Porsche Cayenne series are the future of automobiles and transportation were striking the right balance between luxury, technology, performance, and efficiency becomes a crucial aspect of judgment.