It wasn’t that long ago that the Lamborghini Urus was crowned crossover king of Volkswagen Group. But it appears that reign will be short-lived, because when the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid comes out, it’ll be the most powerful big car of the VAG lineup.
The powertrain that currently lives in Porsche’s Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid (a 4.0-liter twin turbocharged hybrid V8) will soon be added to the Cayenne range, EVO has learned in an interview with Porsche boss Oliver Blume. He didn’t mention a specific power output, but we can probably expect something similar to the Panamera’s figures, which are 671 HP and 627 lb-ft of torque combined.
It’s only 20 or so horsepower, but that still means the new Cayenne would make more power than the 650-horse Urus. Will the Urus go hybrid in response? Who knows! It’s not like Porsche and Lamborghini have ever competed with each other before.
From EVO’s story:
We may have expected a higher-output version of the current Cayenne Turbo to arrive at some point, but the introduction of this model is confirmation that the hybrid V8 arrangement can work within the more confined MLB-Evo platform used by the Cayenne, and so isn’t just restricted to the MSB platform that was co-developed with Bentley and is utilised by the Panamera. This news also lines up with Audi’s confirmation that its incoming RS7 – a model that uses a similar MLB platform to the Porsche SUV – will also pick up a version of the same powertrain. The recently revealed Cayenne Coupe will be available in Turbo S E-hybrid form too.
Of course, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is still sitting high and mighty at 707 horsepower. That one’s got everyone beat. Yeah, America!
Porsche hasn’t officially announced anything about the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid yet, but you’ll probably see it at one of the upcoming auto shows this year. Be ready for it.