If Santa’s list indicates you’ve been good this year, ask him to leave a shiny new toy under the tree that will benefit you as well as the environment: the new Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid. Unlike other hybrids, the Cayenne has gusto, delivering a total output of 416hp at 5500 rpm for a 0-60 mph jump in just 5.4 seconds. Not too shabby for an electric mini SUV.
Keeping with tradition, Porsche broke the rules and delivered a car that handles and responds more like a luxury sports car than a typical lethargic hybrid. Its creators deliberately designed the interior around their 918 Spyder, ensuring all controls are within fingertip reach. A raised console provides comfort and reduced distance between driver and steering wheel, while test drivers were also impressed with the response on speed-limitless German country roads. The 8-speed Tiptronic S provides smooth gear transition, while Porsche Traction Management system delivers a new all-wheel drive system unlike any other design. The result is sports car-type handling and response that resembles a Boxster, not a hybrid.
The profile of the Cayenne S was completely redesigned, creating a sophisticated yet sportier appearance. Sharper lines and an improved front-end air intake provide a more energetic, athletic look, in place of the “soccer mom” facade. The entire car now cries for a detour via a windy, hilly road before picking up the kids from school.
This year, if you’re looking to trim the tree with a little something extra, keep the Cayenne S E-Hybrid in mind. A showpiece that drives like a Porsche while going green is a gift Santa would be proud of.