The 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is an absolute powerhouse that delivers an astonishing 670 hp and 663 lb-ft from its twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 and hybrid system. If you’re interested in transporting your kids to school in supreme luxury, but you also want to be able to do over 180 mph, then this is the SUV for you.

Although a few Porsche purists probably still wince at the thought that their revered brand builds vehicles like the 2022 Cayenne Turbo and 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid both models are respectable ways to park a fun-and-practical SUV in your driveway.

Over and above the goodies you get in the base model, the Turbo S adds nice-to-haves such as a panoramic roof, 21-inch alloy wheels, and an adaptive rear spoiler. Inside, the seats now offer 18 different adjustments and memory settings, the steering column is electronically adjusted, and the infotainment system gets a 14-speaker Bose to surround sound system.

Unlike many hybrids and most EVs, the 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid use an eight-speed automatic rather than a continuously variable transmission, so you feel it shifting gears under electric power. Mostly, it’s the interruption of acceleration you feel, something we’ve forgotten about as automatic transmissions has gotten smoother and more seamless in recent years (or have been reduced to single-gear designs for EVs).

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo is so powerful and so fun to drive, it’s easy to forget you’re piloting an SUV. It’s precise steering, adjustable air suspension, and responsive engine combine to make it feel more like a sports sedan. And the all-wheel-drive Cayenne doesn’t just handle like a vehicle half its size, it also offers a compliant ride and high refinement. It’s exceedingly quick, too. The Cayenne Turbo is powered by a 541-hp twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 engine with a conventional eight-speed automatic transmission.

In our testing, it went from zero to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. The 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid‘s power and performance are even more extreme. It uses the same twin-turbo V-8 from the Cayenne Turbo, but Porsche has enhanced its power with a 134-hp electric motor sandwiched between the 4.0-liter and its responsive eight-speed automatic. Total output is a mind-boggling 670 horsepower, and speeds as high as 83 mph are possible without the gas engine ever switching on.

The system also can operate in a battery-saving mode that only burns gas or the two systems can work together, and its operation is exceedingly smooth. Its battery pack can complete a full recharge in about 2.5 hours when connected to a 240-volt, 30-amp source, and the SUV has a pure electric range of more than 20 miles. Did we mention it can also sprint to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and cover the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds at 121 mph? It’s one of the quickest SUVs we’ve ever tested.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid version provides the best fuel economy with an EPA rating of 42 MPGe combined. The Cayenne Turbo model is rated 14 mpg city and 19 mpg highway. Rivals such as the BMW X5 M and the Jaguar F-Pace SVR have slightly better ratings. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy test route, the Cayenne Turbo delivered an impressive 25 mpg. For more information about the Cayenne Turbo’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Futuristically luxurious, the interior of the Porsche Cayenne Turbo is as visually impressive as the SUV’s performance is thrilling. Build quality is exceptional, and the cabin is completely customizable since Porsche allows you to individually select everything from the interior trim to the seatbelt colors to the surface materials. There’s also an endless list of optional luxuries, including more supportive sport seats, massaging front seats, heated and ventilated front and rear seats, and four-zone climate control.

All Cayenne Turbo models come with a heated steering wheel and heated front and rear seats. The slick gauge cluster is similar to Porsche’s 911, with an analog tachometer flanked by two 7.0-inch screens that display selectable information, including navigation maps. The driving position is perfect, and the interior space is generous.

Although a third row is not offered, the Cayenne Turbo seats five comfortably, and its adjustable back seat provides plenty of head- and legroom. Cargo volume is also ample, although some competitors such as the BMW X5 M and Mercedes-AMG GLE53 offer more. There are 27 cubic feet of space behind the Cayenne’s rear seats and up to 60 cubes with the rear seats folded flat. Every Cayenne includes a power-operated liftgate.

Infotainment and Connectivity

The Cayenne Turbo gets Porsche’s latest and simplified infotainment system and features a responsive and easy-to-operate 12.3-inch touchscreen mounted in the middle of its dashboard. With a configurable home menu and many personalized settings, the system is easier to use than previous versions, which we have complained about in the past.

Every Cayenne Turbo has Porsche Connect Plus, which includes a 4G LTE mobile Wi-Fi hotspot, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. We recommend the optional Burmester audio system that pumps 1455 watts through 21 speakers, although it’s pricey. The optional rear-seat entertainment system attaches two 10.0-inch displays to the back of the front seats.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

To help keep occupants safe, a long list of driver-assistance technologies is standard on the Cayenne Turbo, including forward-collision warning, automated emergency braking, and front and rear parking sensors. A handful of other active driver aids are optional, including a night-vision system, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist. For more information about the Cayenne Turbo’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

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 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid

 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid

 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid

 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid

 2022 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid

Full Specifications

2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED
$194,650 (base price: $163,150)

POWERTRAIN
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve 4.0-liter V-8, 541 hp, 568 lb-ft; permanent-magnet synchronous AC motor, 134 hp, 295 lb-ft; combined output, 670 hp, 663 lb-ft; 14.1-kWh lithium-ion battery pack

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink
Brakes (F/R): 17.3-in vented, cross-drilled carbon-ceramic disc/16.1-in vented, cross-drilled carbon-ceramic disc
Tires: Pirelli P Zero Corsa PZC4, F: 285/40ZR-21 (109Y) N0 R: 315/35ZR-21 (111Y) N0

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 114.0 in
Length: 193.9 in
Width: 78.1 in
Height: 65.9 in
Passenger volume: 107 cu ft
Cargo volume: 23 cu ft
Curb weight: 5623 lb

C/D
TEST RESULTS
Rollout, 1 ft: 0.2 sec
60 mph: 3.2 sec
100 mph: 7.8 sec
130 mph: 13.4 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.0 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 1.9 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 2.3 sec
¼-mile: 11.5 sec @ 121 mph
Top speed (mfr’s claim): 183 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 149 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.01 g

EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST)
Combined/city/highway: 17/16/18 mpg
Combined gasoline+electricity: 44 MPGe
EV range: 11 miles

 

2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo

VEHICLE TYPE
front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback

PRICE AS TESTED
$137,810 (base price: $125,850)

ENGINE TYPE
twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 244 cu in, 3996 cc; Power: 541 hp @ 6,000 rpm; Torque: 567 lb-ft @ 1,960 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

CHASSIS
Suspension (F/R): multilink/multilink; Brakes (F/R): 16.3-in vented, tungsten-carbide-coated disc/14.4-in vented, tungsten-carbide-coated disc; Tires: Pirelli P Zero Corsa PZC4, F: 285/40R-21 (109Y) N0 R: 315/35R-21 (111Y) N0

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 113.9 in
Length: 193.9 in
Width: 78.0 in
Height: 65.8 in
Passenger volume: 107 cu ft
Cargo volume: 27 cu ft
Curb weight: 5148 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
Zero to 60 mph: 3.5 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 9.0 sec
Zero to 130 mph: 15.9 sec
Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.7 sec
Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.8 sec
Top gear, 50–70 mph: 3.4 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 12.1 sec @ 115 mph
Top speed (drag limited, mfr’s claim): 177 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 150 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 1.00 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 16 mpg
75-mph highway driving*: 25 mpg
Highway range: 590 miles

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/city/highway: 17/15/19 mpg

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