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Porsche Cayenne 4S Hybrid: The Prius of Porsche

Porsche Cayenne 4S Hybrid

We honestly believe the writer of the article below from the New York Times should be fired for that headline. Read the review verdict anyway below.

The Porsche is different. Squeeze the gas, and at just 1,000 r.p.m. — barely above idle — the 47-horse electric motor and 333-horse engine serve up a monumental 428 pound-feet of peak torque. Within 6.1 seconds, you’ve breached the 60 m.p.h. barrier, 1.3 seconds quicker than the new Cayenne V-6, and just a half-second behind the V-8.

The Hybrid, paradoxically, adds back the fat that was trimmed from the lineup at large. With its battery nestled below the cargo floor, where the spare tire fits in other models, the Hybrid weighs 4,938 pounds, about 400 more than the V-8.

Although the V-8 version is more nimble, the Hybrid is remarkably fluent in Porsche’s language, which instantly translates as “faster, please.” As ever, the biggest worry, despite Samson-strong brakes, is leaving enough room to rein in this monster when it lulls you into driving it like any Porsche.