The Porsche Cayenne has always struck some folks as a bit of an oxymoron, but the German maker has arguably done as good a job as any manufacturing putting the “sport” back in sport-utility vehicle. Now, however, Porsche is going a step further, and with the upcoming launch of its 2011 Cayenne S Hybrid, it hopes to prove that an SUV can be mean and green.
Though the hybrid-electric vehicle, or HEV, is still about a year away from production, we were given a chance to log some miles when Dr. Michael Leiters, the project’s program manager, rolled into town with one of his first prototypes.
At first glance, you’d not spot anything different about the 2011 Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid – not unless you’d parked on a scale, where it would weigh in about 400 pounds more than the base Cayenne V-6. Considering all that the carmaker has packed into the various nooks and crannies of the big ute, that’s not as much as you might expect.