New York Auto Show: 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid

Article by Christian A., on April 29, 2010

Porsche showcased at the New York Auto Show, the next generation Cayenne sport utility vehicle. With this occasion, the company is also presenting its new high-tech gas-electric hybrid model, a version which will register higher performance using less fuel and improving emissions.

The new North American Cayenne range offers 4 models- the 2011 Cayenne, Cayenne S, Cayenne Turbo and the Cayenne S Hybrid. S and Turbo models go on sale in July, with the 2011 Cayenne and Cayenne S Hybrid hitting the market by this fall.

The new advanced S Hybrid is powered by a combination of parallel systems, a supercharged V6 combustion engine and an electric motor, accumulating a power output of 380 hp. Using this combination, the S Hybrid will always perform in achieving maximum efficiency. The car shows lots of flexibility as the driver can choose to drive either with one of the units either with both of them, as they are connected by a decoupling clutch.

The new hybrid can be driven on short distance only on electric power, meaning 0 emissions and noise up to 60km/h. Porsche is preparing also other new models to showcase at the auto show, the most interesting of them represented by a light and dynamic 2011 Boxster Spyder roadster.

This version of Porsche's popular mid-engine sports car is the lightest Porsche available is on sale now with an MSRP of $61,200, weighing only 2,811 lbs.

Porsche gave the new Cayenne as new design language that is both clear and convincing. This design made the new Cayenne more sporting, more dynamic and more Porsche.

In designing the new generation of the Cayenne, Porsche set a number of objectives that were both diverse and challenging. For instance, the new Cayenne has to offer more interior space and greater levels of variability. This was achieved by extending its wheelbase by 40 mm (1.6 inches), it length by 48 mm (1.9 inches), it width by 11 mm (0.43 inches) and its height by 6 mm (0.24 inches).

As a result of this new design, the new Porsche Cayenne boasts of a more muscular and powerful stance on the road. However, the new Cayenne appears more compact and more dynamic while having larger dimensions. When viewed from any angle, the new Cayenne exudes the character of sporting and dynamic performance car. In addition, its shapes and design themes make the new Cayenne easily recognizable as a Porsche.

Indeed, the new Porsche Cayenne sports an unmistakable confident appearance, especially up front. Its front end is marked by a larger center air scoop as accentuated by two smaller air intakes at the side. Its newly designed air scoops don’t just highlight underline the Cayenne’s sporting elegance, but also express its superb performance level.

The unmistakable confident appearance of the new Cayenne is also conveyed by its wings that are now more strongly contoured than before as it rises up above the bonnet. The bonnet, meanwhile, expresses its dynamism its Porsche-typical V-shape and by the Powerdome.

Meanwhile, the Cayenne’s visual center of gravity is further lowered by its front end that tapers out low down. In addition, the Cayenne has outer air intakes that extend far to the outside, helping emphasize its sports car-like appearance.

To further reinforced the Porsche identity of the new Cayenne, all new models are provided with the same headlight graphics with extra lights at the inside. The silver-colored rings on the headlights as well as the darker panels within the headlight units give the Cayenne a greater presence on the road. Along with positioning lights on the side air intakes, these elements help the new Cayenne deliver a stunning appearance that exudes power and performance.

On the other, the new Cayenne now has exterior mirrors with a flatter design. Now, the mirror base is positioned on the doorsill, rather than in the mirror triangle. This new position and design allow the exterior mirrors to take up the lines of the front section and become more integrated with the Cayenne’s overall design. In addition, the new position and design help enhance aerodynamics, thereby reduce wind noise. An additional window in the former mirror triangle also helps improve visibility in tight bends.

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