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by Tim Beissmann

The new 2015 Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid plug-in will be more than $10,000 cheaper than the conventional hybrid model it replaces when its reaches Australian showrooms in November.

At $139,200, the Cayenne S E-Hybrid undercuts the outgoing S Hybrid by $10,700, despite featuring plug-in charging capability and a more powerful electric motor, and claiming a 59 per cent drop in combined cycle fuel consumption, down to 3.4 litres per 100km.

The S E-Hybrid is one of five initial launch variants that will go on sale in Australia on November 8.

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The Cayenne Diesel kicks off the range at $104,700, up $4100. Its 3.0-litre turbo diesel V6 produces 193kW and 580Nm, up 13kW and 30Nm. In addition to worldwide standard specification, local Diesel variants gain larger 19-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, auto-dimming rear-view and side mirrors, and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

The prices of the Cayenne S and Cayenne Diesel S rise $1400 each to $139,900 and $143,200 respectively. All S models come with 20-inch alloy wheels, Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), electric sunroof, heated front seats, and metallic paint.

The Cayenne S trades its 4.8-litre V8 for a new 3.6-litre twin-turbo V6. Power and torque climb 15kW and 50Nm to 309kW and 550Nm, while fuel consumption falls below around 10 per cent to 9.5-9.8L/100km.

Peak power from the Cayenne S Diesel rises 2kW to 283kW, while torque carries over at 850Nm. Combined cycle fuel consumption dips 0.3L/100km to 8.0L/100km.

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Headlining the initial range is the Cayenne Turbo, the price of which has increased $9200 to $230,800. The performance model retains its 4.8-litre twin-turbo V8, though power and torque rise 14kW and 50Nm to 382kW and 750Nm, helping the Turbo reach 100km/h from rest in 4.5 seconds.

Standard features of the local Cayenne Turbo include 20-inch RS Spyder alloy wheels, integrated wheel arch extensions, and LED headlights with PDLS.

 

2015 Porsche Cayenne prices:
Cayenne Diesel $104,700 (+$4100)
Cayenne S $139,900 (+$1400)
Cayenne S Diesel $143,200 (+$1400)
Cayenne S E-Hybrid $139,200 (-$10,700)
Cayenne Turbo $230,800 (+$9200)




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