We’re pretty firm believers that sports cars are always going to be more enticing than SUVs, but the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid that Porsche recently released wants to challenge that assertion. The SUV is a super-powerful hybrid that can sprint to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and is limited to a top speed of 183 mph. That’s sports car fast, and the Cayenne can handle some twisty roads, too.
With 670 hp and 663 lb-ft of torque, the vehicle makes more torque than most of the rest of Porsche’s lineup. Yep, almost all of those gorgeous 911 variants come up short in a measuring contest against Cayenne’s power output. This is one seriously sporty SUV.
Power comes from a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine mated to an electric motor. The electric motor puts out 134 hp on its own. The rest comes from the gasoline engine. Transmitting all that power to the road is an 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and power goes to all four wheels.
As you might expect, adding the hybrid tech—like the 14.1-kWh lithium-ion battery and the dense motor—adds quite a bit of weight to the Cayenne, which is likely one of the reasons the vehicle makes so much dang power. It’s a freakish machine for an era when SUVs keep getting more and more outrageous. Porsche has set the price at $163,250 there’s a coupe version that adds $2,500 to the price.