The beautiful new 2020 Taycan EV might be basking in most of Porsche’s electrified limelight lately, having instantly become the world’s most revered electric four-door sports coupe as it thoroughly outhustled Tesla’s Model S around the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife race track in August, with a lap time of 7:42.34 compared to 8:50 for the Californian, but the Stuttgart, Germany-based automaker has nonetheless expanded and strengthened its entire E-Performance lineup for 2020.
Taycan aside, E-Performance is more about hybrids, a technology Porsche has long proven on the track as well. Ever heard of the 919 Hybrid EVO? It’s the race car that embarrassingly (to Mercedes) was quicker than a modern-day Formula 1 car on Belgium’s challenging Spa Francorchamps racetrack, where it broke Lewis Hamilton’s pole-setting 1:42.553 record from 2017 with a new 1:41.7 lap time in August of 2018.
The Spa record came just after the 919 Hybrid EVO posted the still best-ever (non-road-legal) Nordschleife lap time of 5:19.546, not to mention after the non-EVO 919 Hybrid won the FIA World Endurance Manufacturers’ Championship for the third consecutive year; one of the 2015 through 2017 series’ eight and then nine (2016–2017) annual races including the 6 Hours of Nürburgring.
Porsche has held the Nürburgring Nordschleife’s top podium position many times, its glorious 918 Spyder currently owning the record for fastest hybrid-electric production car at 6:57 minutes, unbeaten since September 2013, so one can only naturally believe its other hybrid production models would be worthy contenders on road and track. So far Porsche hasn’t contested them on the 20.832-km, 73-turn, 308-metre vertical road course, although it would be interesting to learn how much quicker the new Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid trims might be compared to older stock versions of the Cayenne Turbo S and Panamera Turbo S that managed the “Green Hell” in 7:59.74 and 7:52 minutes respectively (a Panamera Turbo, equipped with a roll cage, achieved an even quicker 7:38-minute lap time).
The Turbo S E-Hybrid drivetrain was new to the Panamera lineup for the 2018 model year, yet was only just made available in the Cayenne line for 2020. It makes a staggering 677 net horsepower in the Panamera and near
equal 670 horsepower in the new Cayenne, while combined torque is rated at 626 lb-ft in the Panamera and 664 for the Cayenne.
The Cayenne and Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid models are less about fuel economy than all-out performance, with zero to 100 km/h sprint times of 3.8 seconds (or 3.6 with the Lightweight Sport Package) and 3.4 seconds respectively, but they nevertheless improve on their less potent non-hybrid stable mates when it comes to fuel efficiency.
While official 2020 Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid fuel economy is not yet available, we can compare last year’s Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid to the Panamera Turbo. The hybridized model achieves a claimed rating of 12.3 L/100km in the city, 10.6 on the highway and 11.5 combined, compared to the regular twin-turbo V8’s rating of 12.8 city, 9.2 highway and 11.2 combined.
Considering the much stronger performance and increased weight of the Turbo S E-Hybrid, its near identical efficiency is impressive, while the hybrid’s plug-in capability allows for a claimed Le/100km rating of 4.9 combined. To achieve that rating you’d need to plug it in regularly and choose one of its more efficient drive modes whenever possible. The available drive modes include Hybrid Auto, Sport, Sport+, E-Power, and E-Charge, while 100-percent electric motive power is available for up to 50 kilometres per charge. Of note, the Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid and all-new Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe can drive solely on EV power for up to 40 km with zero local emissions.
Those wanting to make even more of a positive environmental impact by reducing their fuel consumption and emissions further can opt for the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid or Cayenne E-Hybrid, the former capable of an 11.1 city, 9.7 highway and 10.5 combined (or 4.6 combined Le/100km) rating, with the latter achieving a claimed 11.4 L/100km in the city, 10.0 on the highway and 10.8 combined (or 5.1 Le/100km) as per the 2019 Natural Resources Canada Energy Consumption Guide.
While more efficient, the E-Hybrid models are still strong performers, the 457 net horsepower Panamera 4 E-Hybrid capable of sprinting from standstill to 100 km/h in just 4.6 seconds, thanks in part to 516 lb-ft of combined torque, plus it has an EV range of 50 km. Alternatively, both the regular Cayenne and new Cayenne Coupe boast 455 net horsepower and 516 lb-ft of total torque apiece and can dash from zero to 100km/h in only 5.0 and 5.1 seconds respectively, while their fully electric range is 43 km.
While both E-Hybrid and Turbo S E-Hybrid plug-in power units can be had in the regular Cayenne and new Cayenne Coupe, the two electrified
drivetrains are also available in every Panamera body style, including the regular Panamera, long-wheelbase Panamera Executive, and the extended roofline Panamera Sport Turismo.
To learn more about the entire 2020 lineup of E-Performance models contact Porsche Centre Vancouver by phone at (604) 736-7911 or come visit us in our showroom at 688 Terminal Ave, Vancouver.
Story credits: Trevor Hofmann
Photo credits: Porsche
Date Posted: December 1, 2019