Cayenne Proves Porsche's Goal of Better Fuel Economy
New SUV Sees Significant Fuel Savings
As it prepares to launch its first hybrid vehicle this weekend—the Cayenne S Hybrid— Porsche announced that it is achieving significant fuel savings in all its new-generation Cayenne models.
With consumption reductions of 20 to 21 percent in its overall EPA fuel economy rating (with the hybrid), the 2011 Cayenne sport utility vehicle has achieved its goal of improved fuel efficiency and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
The basic principle of the “Porsche Intelligent Performance” philosophy, which is providing more power with lower consumption, increased efficiency, and reduced CO2 emissions, particularly applies to the new Cayenne model series that went on sale this year. The six-cylinder Cayenne model consumes 20 percent less fuel than its predecessor, while the V8 Cayenne S and Cayenne Turbo models have enjoyed similar reductions. At the same time, all of these new vehicles offer more power and better performance.
This reduction in consumption across the entire Cayenne range can partly be attributed to use of the new eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic transmission with automatic stop/start function and a wide gear ratio range. Also critical to the improved efficiency is the Cayenne’s weight reduction and intelligent lightweight construction. Engineers used a weight-optimized material mix and modified the vehicle’s overall construction, which included the development and use of a new lighter-weight four-wheel drive system. This 400-pound weight loss not only helped improve the Cayenne’s overall fuel consumption and CO2 emissions but also improved performance, agility, and handling.
Of course, the new highlight within the model series – the Cayenne S Hybrid – features a highly sophisticated parallel full hybrid drive system, which delivers even more impressive figures. Offering the performance of a V8 with the economy of a V6, it combines the power output of a supercharged V6 combustion engine with an electric motor.
The Cayenne S Hybrid has official fuel consumption estimates using current EPA test protocols of 21 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
About Porsche Cars North America, Inc.
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga., is the exclusive importer of Porsche vehicles for the United States. It is a wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Dr. Ing.h.c. F. Porsche AG. PCNA employs approximately 180 people who provide Porsche vehicles, parts, service, marketing and training for its 200 dealers. The dealers, in turn, provide Porsche owners with best-in-class service. Throughout its 61-year history, Porsche has developed numerous technologies that have advanced vehicle performance, improved safety and spurred environmental innovations within the automotive industry. The company continues to celebrate its heritage by adding to its long list of motorsports victories dating back to its first 24 Hours of Le Mans class win in 1951. Today, with more than 28,000 victories, Porsche is recognized as the world's most successful brand in sports car racing. PCNA, which imports the iconic 911 series, the highly acclaimed Boxster and Cayman mid-engine sports cars, high-end Cayenne sport utility vehicles and the four-passenger Panamera Gran Turismos, strives to maintain a standard of excellence, commitment and distinction synonymous with its brand.
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