New Cayenne for 2010

Porsche Cayenne – it’s the perfect complement to a 911 for those days you need to carry passengers or lug loads. So we’re impressed by the first pictures of the all-new Cayenne for 2010. Up until now, Cayennes have been thirsty beasts, so the introduction of the S Hybrid is no surprise. The combination of the sophisticated drive and a massive 180kg weight saving means the car is capable of 34.4mpg (New European Driving Cycle) which in anyone’s books is good. Here is Porsche’s description of the Hybrid: “In the intelligent interaction of the three-litre supercharged V6 and the electric motor, the Cayenne S Hybrid focuses on maximum efficiency from the overall system. Depending on driving conditions, the vehicle reaches this target with either only one drive unit operating by itself or with both drive units working together. In this context the 34 kW (47 hp) electric motor is of course the ideal partner for the 333 hp compressor engine with its high torque at low speeds. Together, the two drive units deliver maximum system output of 380 bhp and peak torque of 580 Nm/427 lb-ft at just 1,000 rpm, with the same kind of performance as the Cayenne S with its V8 power unit. “The two drive units are connected to one another by a separator clutch masterminded by the Hybrid Manager. Indeed, this separator clutch is essential to run the Cayenne S Hybrid either on its electric motor or combustion engine alone, or with both drive units operating together. Given a reserved, moderate style of motoring, for example in a residential area, this allows the driver to cover short distances on electric power alone and therefore absolutely free of emissions and with hardly any noise, driving at a speed of up to 60 km/h or almost 40 mph. “To ensure fast acceleration when setting off, the electric motor may however serve to provide additional thrust through its boosting effect. Intelligent management of the separator clutch makes the transition among the hybrid-specific driving modes most inconspicuous, comfortable and quick for the driver. At the same time the combustion engine may be completely switched off at speeds of up to 156 km/h or 97 mph, being fully disengaged from the drivetrain when no further power is required. In this so-called sailing mode, cruising along without power, the drag forces exerted by the combustion engine and their braking effect are eliminated in the interest of lower drive resistance and fuel consumption.” If you’d rather be a badge-carrying Global Warmer, then you’ll be delighted that you can still buy a Cayenne Turbo, with a 4.8-litre V8 that generates a worthwhile 500bhp. Even this manages to return 27.6mpg, though. In all, there are five models in the new Cayenne range: Cayenne, Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Hybrid and Cayenne Turbo.

911 GT3 R Hybrid

This is a hybrid version of a racing 911 which features two electric motors driving the front wheels, in addition to a conventional 4.0-litre, 480bhp flat-six/rear-wheel drive configuration in the back. The car will be launched at Geneva and make its racing debut in Nürburgring long-distance events, including the 24 Hours meeting on May 15-16 2010.

Instead of batteries, the two 60kW electric motors use energy obtained from braking as a power source. A ‘flywheel generator’, with a rotor spinning at speeds of up to 40,000rpm, allows the motors to convert the ‘wasted’ heat energy of braking into stored energy for brief bursts of power under acceleration.

In effect, the motors double as both generator and power source.

On the face of it, it would appear to be similar to the ill-fated ‘KERS’ system in Formula One. The flywheel is located next to the driver for optimum weight distribution. As a result of the new system saving energy, the ‘rolling laboratory’ will be more fuel efficient, too – vital in a 24-hour race.

The company is playing down the chances of the new car scoring an overall victory at the ‘Ring in May, however.

2010 Porsche Porsche 997 Turbo S

Porsche has unveiled a new 911 Turbo S supercar. Making its debut at the 2010 Geneva motor show, it’s the first appearance of the uprated Turbo in the 911 lineup for six years.

Previously the Turbo S has appeared as a run-out special as both 993 and 996 versions of the 911 reached replacement, but this 997 iteration is a range-topping model in its own right.

And it’s usefully more powerful than the current, standard turbocharged 997 – the Turbo S boasts 523bhp and 516lb ft, respective rises of 30bhp and 37lb ft. Impressively, the fuel economy remains at 24.8mpg. Not a typical evo selling point, we admit, but it’s a rather good figure for a four-wheel-drive supercar.

That four-wheel traction, plus the standard fitment of Launch Control, means a 0-62mph-time of 3.3sec is claimed, with 124mph arriving in 10.8sec and a 196mph maximum. We’ve bettered those figures in a standard 911 Turbo already, though, and you can see Chris Harris going for a full-bore start on video here.

The 997 Turbo S will set you back £123,263 in Coupe form and £130,791 if you fancy a drop-top. That may sound steep, both representing rises well north of £20K, but the pricing appears far better value when you delve deeper: no important option box has gone unticked, with paddle-equipped PDK dual-clutch auto transmission, dynamic engine mounts, Porsche torque vectoring, Sport Chrono and ceramic brakes all standard. There are some lovely 19in RS Spyder alloys on the outside and swathes of leather and luxury inside, too.