Tax break approved for 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid

Article by Christian A., on December 8, 2010

Porsche’s 2011 Cayenne S Hybrid has been named as a Qualified Hybrid Motor Vehicle, making it eligible for the Alternative Motor Vehicle Tax Credit.

Porsche’s first production hybrid, the Cayenne S Hybrid is able to sprint from a standstill to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 6.1 seconds and it has a top speed of 150 mph (241 km/h), while offering 20/24 mpg US (city/highway). It has a base price before federal tax credit of $67,700, excluding destination charges.

Those who have bought a new Cayenne S Hybrid sport utility vehicle before the end of 2010 may be eligible for a one-time tax credit of up to US$1,800.

This luxury SUV is likely to appeal to those who are looking for more environmentally-friendly cars that remain to be flashy and powerful. The "S" badge on the Cayenne S Hybrid doesn’t mean that a V8 is what’s used to power this SUV, which weighs 4,938 lbs (2,239 kg).

Rather, the 2011 Cayenne S Hybrid is equipped with a highly sophisticated parallel full hybrid drivetrain that Porsche developed.

It consists of a supercharged V6 and an electric motor. The SUV features a combined power output of 380hp, very close to what the 400hp that the V8 delivers. Because the SUV uses a unique 'sailing mode' and features many other technical improvements, fuel economy is even better than what a V6 powered Cayenne offers.

Unlike the previous generation, the new Cayenne is without a doubt, more of a Porsche than ever before. Both efficiency and dynamism have been increased. The interior offers more space with the weight being lighter. It also reveals the future of technology while displaying an elegant and athletic design. The new Cayenne, like all Porsche models before it, was created under the Porsche Intelligent Performance philosophy.

That is, it offers more power but uses less fuel while also having better efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions. One of the variants will be the Cayenne S Hybrid, the first ever production car from the brand to make use of a hybrid drive. With this model, Porsche hopes it will pave the way for a new generation of vehicles when it comes to modern efficiency.

In fact, compared previous generations, fuel consumption in the new version is better by as much as 23%. Considering the available information, Porsche revealed that there will be a total of five models made available for the range.

Three of these will have fuel consumption, under the New European Driving Cycle, of under 10 liters per 100 kilometers. For the two remaining models, the CO2 emissions rating is still below the 200 grams for every kilometer limit. The first is the Cayenne Diesel which stands at 195 g/km with the second one being Cayenne S Hybrid having CO2 emissions of 193 g/km.

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