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A high-performance plug-in hybrid version of the Porsche Cayenne SUV will expand the German brand’s portfolio of electrified models.

Like the already on-sale Panamerica plug-in variant, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is pitched as a flagship model in the SUV range.

Both the traditional SUV and coupe Cayenne body styles are getting the plug-in treatment. The powertrain combines a 4.0-litre petrol V8 engine with a 100kW electric motor to offer a combined output of 680hp and 900Nm of torque. Power is routed to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 14.1kWh battery pack is installed beneath the load-space floor and can be recharged within six hours at a conventional 230-volt power output, or 2.4 hours via a 7.2kW AC charger.

Both models have a top speed of 183mph and can sprint from 0-62mph in 3.6 seconds. Porsche claims a range of 25 miles on electric power alone, at speeds of up to 84mph, while fuel economy is measured at between 72 and 76mpg, with CO2 emissions of 85 to 90g/km.

As a range-topping model, the plug-in Cayenne standard specification includes an electric roll stabilisation system, ceramic brakes, 21-inch lightweight alloy wheels and air suspension. Optional extras include 22-inch alloy wheels and rear-wheel steering.

A less performance-focused hybrid has also been added to the Porsche Cayenne Coupe range, alongside the existing Cayenne E-hybrid. Power output is 460hp with 700Nm of torque and a 22-mile electric driving range, and the two versions also now employ a petrol particulate filter to meet latest emissions regulations.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.