Porsche Talks Up Hybrid’s Speed, Not Its Release Date

By dancurranjr On March 5th, 2009


Porsche has revealed more details about its upcoming hybrid-electric Cayenne SUV, including a 0-60 m.p.h. acceleration time of 6.8 seconds and that the hybrid system will have enough power to briefly run as fast as 86 m.p.h. in all-electric mode.

Porsche plans to unveil the Cayenne hybrid early in 2010, but there’s no word yet on when it will go on sale in the United States.

The hybrid system relies on a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, electric motor and nickel-metal hydride batteries. The battery pack weighs 154 pounds and fits in the Cayenne’s spare tire well. Porsche also developed a new eight-speed automatic transmission for the Cayenne hybrid.

U.S. fuel economy ratings aren’t to be available until shortly before the Cayenne hybrid goes on sale here.

Porsche also plans to offer a hybrid version of its new Panamera sedan, which makes its public debut at the Shanghai, China, auto show this spring. There’s no word on when sales of that model begin, but the gasoline-powered Panamera is to hit U.S. dealerships in fall 2010.

SOURCE: Detroit Free Press

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