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2012 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid Tiptronic Review

High-Performance Hybrid SUV

A three-quarter front view of a 2012 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid Tiptronic

In short: A sporty and luxurious hybrid SUV.

fter expanding its fleet to include both 4-door sports coupes and high-end SUVs, Porsche is finally throwing its hat into the hybrid ring with the all-new Cayenne Hybrid, a fuel-saving sport ute that doesn't skimp on performance. Delivering a combined 380 horsepower from its supercharged V6 and 288-volt electric motor, this hybrid SUV isn't just for tree-huggers — although we're sure they'll appreciate the Cayenne's improved fuel economy and efficient energy usage.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile limited new vehicle warranty; 12-year limited anti-corrosion warranty; Porsche roadside assistance

Base Price: $67,700 / As Tested: $86,510

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, all-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door SUV

Engine: 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine with 288-volt electric motor
Horsepower: 380 hp @ 5,500-6,500 rpm (combined gas and electric motors)
Torque: 428 lb-ft @ 1,000 rpm
Transmission: 8-speed Tiptronic S

Curb weight:
4,398 lbs
Wheelbase: 114 in
Length/Width/Height: 190.8/76.3/67.4 in

4-wheel ventilated disc brakes with ABS and brake assist
Suspension: double wishbone front; multilink rear; front and rear stabilizer bars

Traction: Porsche Stability Management; traction control

0-60 mph: 6.1 seconds
Top Speed: 150 mph

EPA City:
20 mpg
EPA Highway: 24 mpg

Safety: dual advanced front airbags; thorax side airbags; integrated curtain airbags

Likes: performance; build; handling

Dislikes: range; style; quality


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