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Friday, 20 February 2009

Porsche releases pictures and details on Cayenne S Hybrid

Porsche needs the North American market to survive. This is why it is betting on hybrid powertrains as well as in diesel units. And the first vehicle to receive the new system is Porsche's Guinea pig, Cayenne. The German company has released information on the new vehicle, which will be on sale by 2010.

As any hybrid, it is powered by two engines, a combustion and an electric one. But, as it is Porsche's tradition, the hybrid system has a difference: the electric engine is not beside the combustion powertrain, but between this engine and the transmission.

This is, according to Porsche, what allows the car to reach speeds of up to 132 km/h and a fuel consumption of 11.1 km/l. The electric engine also works as an alternator and recharges the nickel metal hydride (NiMH) battery that is placed in the spare tyre compartment. Summing up, the German automaker promises a V8 performance car with a four cylinder fuel consumption. Considering it is equipped with a 3-litre V6 from Audi with direct fuel injection and 333 bhp, this is quite an achievement. Soon in a Porsche dealer near you.

Source: Porsche via Autoblog Green

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