Earlier this year, we flew out to Southern California to drive the latest Porsche Cayenne. As it turns out, they weren’t done, inviting us to drive two new plug-in hybrid performance models: The Cayenne S E-Hybrid and the Turbo E-Hybrid.

The catch? Heading east instead of west to Barcelona, Spain.

We started off in the top-performing Turbo E-Hybrid. Hot laps on the track meant we could experience all 729 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque, mostly derived from a 4.0-liter, twin-turbo V8 engine. The rest is provided by a 130kW electric motor, energized by a 25.9 kWh battery. If you want to keep things quiet, expect up to 55 miles of electric-only power; plenty of range, just remember to plug in when you can.

On-road and on-track, the included two-chamber, two-valve adaptive air suspension improved both ride quality and handling, and the standard Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus kept the power where it needed to be.

Keep in mind that the Turbo E-Hybrid replaces the Cayenne Turbo, and it’s available in both SUV and coupe style…

As is the Cayenne S E-Hybrid. It combines the same battery and motor with a smaller, but still potent turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, totaling 512 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. Switching into the E-Power driving mode makes running everyday chores a breeze.

KYLE SCANLON: “If you need to just pop out for some groceries or do a quick errand, E-Power mode has got you. You don’t have to use any of your fuel and there’s plenty of miles on the charge to do a nice round of errands, you know, wherever it is that you happen to live. And if you live 10 miles away from town, I think you’re going to be just fine. You’re not going to run into any issues, there shouldn’t be any range anxiety because Porsche has designed this to have enough miles on it that you are not going to have to worry about that while under the E-Power mode.”

Porsche’s E-Performance Cayennes are impressive— unfortunately, so are their prices. Arriving Spring 2024, the S E-Hybrid starts at $100,000 delivery and $106,000 for the coupe. The Turbo E-Hybrid starts near $149,000 and $153,000 for the coupe.

We’ll have more on these incredible luxury performance utilities and more Quick Spins… soon!