Porsche Preps Cayenne Hybrid for Sale As Early as 2009
IT is hard to imagine a less likely candidate for the hybrid treatment: the Porsche Cayenne, a 5,000-pound S.U.V. that ranks among the fastest, most powerful trucks ever built.
But Porsche insists that its deep-pocketed clientele — whose concerns have involved acceleration, not conservation — will still appreciate a Cayenne that uses less fuel.
The German sports car company, which first announced its hybrid program in 2005, revealed the result at auto shows last fall in Frankfurt and Los Angeles. The Cayenne Hybrid combines a 34-kilowatt electric motor with a 3.6-liter, 290-horsepower V-6 and nickel-metal-hydride battery pack. The company says the Cayenne will be able to cruise on electricity alone — at least for short distances — at speeds up to 75 m.p.h.
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