2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Review: Watch Out, Lamborghini

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 23:01

Three seconds flat, 11.3 seconds at 120.1 mph. That’s the current record for the quickest SUV MotorTrend has ever tested, set by the 641-hp Lamborghini Urus just over two months ago. Already, it’s in danger. By a hybrid. Meet the 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid.

With 670 hp and 663 lb-ft combined from its gasoline-electric powertrain, the Turbo S E-Hybrid out-muscles the all-gas Lambo by 29 hp and 36 lb-ft, making it the most powerful production SUV we’ve driven. It gets there with the Cayenne Turbo’s twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 making 541 hp and 567 lb-ft and the Cayenne E-Hybrid’s electric motor making 134 hp and 295 lb-ft, blended together with lots of software and delivered to all four wheels all the time. Porsche says it’ll hit 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, but forget I even mentioned that number. The standard Cayenne Turbo does it in 3.2 seconds.

You’re right, the electric motor, 14.1-kW-hr battery, and the fat cables connecting them add weight. Enough weight to counterbalance the 129 hp and 96 lb-ft advantage? Not likely. Enough to stop it from becoming the first SUV we’ve ever tested that hits 60 mph in under 3 seconds? Maybe.

It’s hard to know from behind the wheel. Like the new Cayenne Turbo, the Turbo S E-Hybrid has gone to a top-notch finishing school. When we pitted the Cayenne Turbo against the Urus in our Super (Stupid) SUV Showdown, I wrote “The Porsche is like driving the Lamborghini without setting your hair on fire, and where’s the fun in that? It’s like they both went to the same finishing school, but the Porsche was a straight-A student and the Lamborghini was all, ‘C’s get degrees!’” The Turbo S E-Hybrid is no different in that regard, it’s just quicker.

Rather than the 911 GT2 RS philosophy, it’s the more similar and more obvious Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid philosophy. Ridiculously quick, yes, but something of a sleeper. It’s all E-Hybrid badges and typical SUV shape. Most people will have no idea how quick it is, the kinds of supercars it can dust at a stoplight. Sure, it’s got a Porsche crest, but it’s still an SUV, right?

You’d think that from the driver’s seat. You sit up high, as you do in an SUV. The driving experience is somewhat disconnected from the world, isolated like a luxury sedan, not a hot rod. Speed builds up almost without your noticing. 80 mph feels like walking. It doesn’t feel fast until 130, not that I’d know. Pulling out of a parking lot, you have to look at the speedometer if you’re even a little heavy on the throttle, because you’ll be doing freeway speeds in seconds. Floor it, and you’re likely to get cited for “exhibition of speed,” or whatever the constabulary’s euphemism for accelerating too hard is in your state.

Thankfully, it’s not just a sledgehammer. All Turbo S E-Hybrids come standard with all the equipment needed to handle that kind of power. Carbon-ceramic brakes, active anti-roll bars, torque vectoring, air suspension, active dampers, and the Sport Chrono package are all standard. Rear steering is optional if you really like handling or being able to make tighter U-turns. So is a sport exhaust system, which is barely loud enough to hear inside the car, where you mostly get intake noise instead. 21-inch wheels and sticky summer tires are the norm, but you can get 22s if you want.

If you really want to go nuts with it, though, the squashed-roof Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid Coupe is billed as the sportier of the two. It gets three different lightweighting packages that can knock 70 pounds off the curb weight, likely enough to offset the battery in the trunk. Much of it comes from the best possible place, exchanging the panoramic sunroof for a carbon-fiber piece, thereby lowering the center of gravity.

Speed parts aside, you won’t forget it’s a hybrid, and not just because of the Acid Green brake calipers. The engine doesn’t fire when you start the vehicle, and the default E-Power mode will cruise you around on pure electric propulsion until the battery runs out or you stomp on the throttle (Porsche hasn’t provided an EV range estimate, but figure around 20 miles). Turbo S E-Hybrids get the faster 7.2-kW charger standard, so you’ll have a full battery any time you plug in for two and a half hours. There’s also Hybrid Auto mode, plus submodes that allow you to recharge the battery, or at least maintain whatever charge level it’s already at (Sport and Sport Plus modes also charge the battery so it’ll always be ready to add a performance boost).

Unlike many hybrids and most EVs, the Cayenne hybrids use an eight-speed automatic rather than a continuously variable transmission, so you feel it shifting gears under electric power. Mostly, it’s the interruption of acceleration you feel, something we’ve forgotten about as automatic transmissions have gotten smoother and more seamless in recent years (or have been reduced to single-gear designs for EVs).

What you’ll really feel, and the only thing that’s really objectionable about the Turbo S E-Hybrid (and the less powerful Cayenne E-Hybrid) is the brake pedal. Some automakers have done great work making their hybrid and EV regenerative brakes feel like traditional mechanical brakes. Porsche is not one of them. The brake pedal travel is very short, and the initial application is very grabby. Braking smoothly requires an extremely light touch, though if you’re light enough, you can actually feel the exact point in the pedal travel when it switches from regenerative to mechanical braking. The blending between the two could use more work; there’s an obvious increase in stopping power when the mechanical brakes take over that’ll ruin your perfect limousine stop. The actual stopping power, regardless of pedal feel, is phenomenal, which you want it to be with this kind of power.

Buying a 670-hp plug-in hybrid SUV to save the Earth while hauling ass is the exact kind of moral licensing I can get behind, and the new Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is as much the ultimate embodiment of that as it is a mouthful. If you can, too, you can get one early next year for $163,150 (or $165,650 for the Coupe model).

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BMW 530e Now Available With Wireless Charging in the U.S.

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 22:39

BMW has announced the expansion of its inductive charging program to the U.S. market, which will allow owners of the 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid sedan to wirelessly charge their vehicle’s lithium-ion battery. The program will be available only in California. Originally introduced in 2018, BMW limited the wireless charging program to Germany, its home market, before its expansion to other markets.

Spots for qualified California residents will be limited to 200 units, according to BMW. The automaker has also set up a questionnaire asking about owners’ local electrical grids and their garage space to determine eligibility. If deemed eligible, the customer will get a confirmation number to take to one of 33 BMW dealers in California to complete a 36-month lease for a 530e.

Qmerit will complete hardware installation in the garage with all costs and maintenance covered by BMW. Once the 3.2-kW ground pad is installed, an electrified BMW vehicle like the 530e can charge wirelessly by parking over it. Charging starts once the vehicle is over the pad and will turn off once the battery is full. It takes the ground pad three and a half hours to fully charge the BMW 530e iPerformance’s 9.2-kilowatt-hour battery pack. If small objects are detected by the ground pad, it will immediately turn off.

The BMW 530e iPerformance plug-in hybrid is available in rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations. It utilizes a 2.0-liter turbo-four coupled to an electric motor, a lithium-ion battery, and an eight-speed automatic transmission. Combined output is 248 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. On a single charge, the 530e can travel up to 16 miles in EV mode while the 530e xDrive can go up to 15 miles before the gas engine kicks in.

Source: BMW

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2020 Honda Odyssey Gets 25th Anniversary Edition, Standard 10-Speed

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 21:08

The Honda minivan that may have shuttled you around to school, soccer games, and pool parties when you were growing up is now turning 25. To celebrate the anniversary, Honda is offering a 25th Anniversary package, and it’s making the 10-speed automatic transmission standard on all trims.

The 2020 Honda Odyssey sports a chrome roof rack, chrome rear bumper protector, body side moldings, and lower door garnish when buyers opt for the 25th Anniversary package. These models also receive special exterior badging as well as illuminated sill plates and a key fob with 25th anniversary logos. The package costs $1,500, or $2,800 when equipped with an exclusive set of 19-inch wheels.

Equally important, the Odyssey ditches the nine-speed automatic transmission that was previously standard on the LX, EX, and EX-L trims. All models now receive the smooth-shifting 10-speed automatic that we really like. Idle Stop is also standard on all models.

The base 2020 Honda Odyssey starts at $31,785, up $500 from last year. That makes it less expensive than the base 2020 Toyota Sienna ($32,535), but more expensive than the 2020 Chrysler Voyager.

Odyssey EX models—which feature the Honda Sensing safety suite and other upgrades—are up $530 at $35,785. EX-L, Touring, and Elite see smaller price increases between $200 and $250, with Elite reaching a starting price of $48,415.

Source: Honda

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2020 Chevrolet Corvette C8 Gets Into First Crash on Public Road

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 20:12

Ever since the all-new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette broke cover, we’ve been reporting on the C8 ‘Vette’s series of new firsts. Its mid-engine layout tops the list, followed closely by its controversial new look. Now we have another: its first crash in the real world.

From the looks of the photo that first circulated on the Instagram handle Wrecked Musclecars, the Elkhart Lake Blue 2020 Corvette crash occurred on a winding mountain road reportedly somewhere along California Route 120 between the towns of Moccasin and Groveland. It appears two other vehicles were involved in the crash, a Ford Ranger and a Chevy Equinox.

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Videos of the scene, which popped up which popped up elsewhere online, provided a little more color about what happened. The good news is that apparently no one was injured in the wreck, and that a bunch of support staff for the Corvette in question were on the scene. From the looks of it, the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette crash site was near a tight mountain turn. They likely weren’t thrilled about all the attention, but what can you do?

It had to happen sometime, right? At least everyone was OK, and we’re betting that 2020 Corvette was more than likely a preproduction prototype that was headed for the crusher anyway.

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Will Jaguar Land Rover Use BMW’s Small Car Platform for New SUVs?

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 19:00

Jaguar Land Rover’s partnership with BMW seems to be getting more expansive. Autocar reports that both automakers could share architectures for future vehicles, with Jaguar potentially using BMW’s FAAR platform for small SUVs. That platform can underpin gas-only vehicles, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and all-electric models.

BMW’s latest front-drive platform could underpin the next generation X1 and Mini Countryman, both of which currently utilize the UKL architecture. In addition to a standard small crossover, Jaguar is also planning a second model that could use the BMW FAAR platform: a swoopy coupe-like crossover, says Autocar. Neither upcoming Jaguar model has a name yet. The next generation Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque could also move to the FAAR architecture. Additionally, a new entry-level Land Rover that could revive the Freelander name is tipped to be in the cards.

Earlier this year, BMW and Jaguar Land Rover announced a partnership for electrified powertrains. But that appears to be just the tip of the iceberg. The partnership also appears to include BMW sharing internal combustion engines with Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. According to Autocar’s sources, sharing powertrains with BMW will help minimize the costs of Jaguar Land Rover’s own Ingenium engine lineup. The money saved would then be allocated to Jaguar Land Rover’s electrification, connected car, and autonomous vehicle projects, which will appear in future models.

Gaining access to BMW’s FAAR platform would give Jaguar Land Rover a modern front-drive-based platform. The current front-drive platform used in the Jaguar E-Pace and Range Rover Evoque dates back to 2012. Both vehicles in that platform are quite heavy for their size; the E-Pace P300 R-Dynamic HSE we tested last year weighed in at a whopping 4,248 pounds.

Source: Autocar

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GT500 Tech Trickles Down to 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 18:32

Ford recently debuted the GT500, its most powerful street-legal car ever. But since it’s only available with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, purists may want to stick with the manual-only GT350R. Fortunately, the car receives a few key updates for 2020 to keep it competitive.

First and foremost, the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R boasts an updated front suspension. The suspension geometry has been redesigned, and the setup now includes a high-trail steering knuckle from the GT500. To improve steering, Ford put in a new steering rack and recalibrated the electric power steering control system. Also for 2020, GT350 models receive new exterior colors, including Grabber Lime, Twister Orange, Iconic Silver, and Red Hot Metallic.

Other than that, the GT350R carries on as usual with a carbon-fiber wing, carbon-fiber wheels, and oversized front splitter. Along with the carbon-fiber bits, the model sheds extra weight by removing the rear seats and exhaust resonators. The GT350R has a 5.2-liter flat-plane-crank V-8 engine that spins all the way up to 8,200 rpm and makes 526 hp. The engine pairs exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission. Red brake calipers, Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 2 tires, and red interior stitching are also included on the GT350R.

The 2020 GT350R starts at $74,530, including a gas guzzler tax. Compare that to the upcoming GT500, which will cost $73,995.

Ford updated the standard GT350 last year, and we liked the changes the Blue Oval made to its rev-happy pony car. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel of both the revised GT350R and the GT500 to see which is the better ‘Stang for the track.

Source: Ford

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2020 Nissan Maxima arrives, 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 gets new goodies, IndyCar goes hybrid: What's New @ The Car Connection

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 18:00
2020 Nissan Maxima adds active safety tech, starts at $35,100 The sporty sedan gets standard safety tech across the range and a top-of-the-line SR version with more features—and a bigger price. No, you're not crazy; Alfa Romeo recalls 22K Stelvio, Giulia models for optimistic gas gauges Alfa Romeo says sedans and crossovers can display more...
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2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch is the family SUV that wears boots and Wranglers

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 17:30
The 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch may be the answer to the question: "What do I drive when I need to take more than five to a roundup?" CarsDirect on Friday reported that the popular edition of the Expedition will return for 2020 and cost $74,290, including destination charges. Available in both Expedition and longer Expedition Max sizes, the...
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2020 Nissan Maxima adds active safety tech, starts at $35,100

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 17:00
Nissan's range-topping Maxima sedan is getting a few tech upgrades for the 2020 model year, along with a tiny bump in price. Starting at $35,100 ($255 more than 2019), including mandatory destination charges, the 2020 Maxima now comes standard with Nissan's active safety suite on all grades. This package comprises six driver assistance systems...
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No, you're not crazy; Alfa Romeo recalls 22K Stelvio, Giulia models for optimistic gas gauges

The Car Connection News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 16:00
Alfa Romeo announced last month that it would recall nearly 22,000 Stelvio crossovers and Giulia sedans for fuel gauges that showed higher fuel levels than the actual amount. The recall covers 2018-2019 models and will begin next month. More than 11,000 Giulia sedans are affected and more than 10,000 Stelvio crossovers are affected. According to...
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Former head of Savills Manchester dies

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 15:14
Patrick Joynson, a former head of Savill’s Manchester office, died last week.
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Stream Top Gear on the MotorTrend App Starting August 30!

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 15:00

For more than a decade, we’ve followed them around the world. Vietnam. The Makgadikgadi and the Kalahari. Bolivia’s “Death Road.” The North Pole and the Transfăgărășan Highway. Starting August 30, Top Gear is coming to MotorTrend—with 24 seasons of classic Top Gear UK (yes, including all the Clarkson-Hammond-May years) in the U.S. and Canada.

Available exclusively on the MotorTrend App, the Ultimate Top Gear Collection launches with 170 episodes of Top Gear UK spanning season 2 through 25, the Top Gear UK India Special, and three seasons of Top Gear: Extra Gear. Plus, you’ll also enjoy episodes 1-5 of the Best of Top Gear compilation, a MotorTrend exclusive.

Before you can finish binging all that, more Top Gear–related shows you know and love will be added to the collection. Every Tuesday we’ll roll out more content, including episodes from seasons 1 and 2 of Richard Hammond’s Crash Course and James May’s Cars of the People. With the MotorTrend App you’ll have access to more than 240 hours of Top Gear, all available to stream at any time, plus all your favorite MotorTrend and Velocity shows for just $4.99 a month.

During Labor Day weekend, we’re airing a three-day mini marathon of your favorite Top Gear UK episodes on MotorTrend TV from 8 p.m. to midnight ET. MotorTrend TV will also air one episode of Top Gear UK every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning September 3.

“Our marriage with the Top Gear franchise is made in car heaven,” said Alex Wellen, global president and general manager, MotorTrend Group. “As the leader in automotive entertainment, MotorTrend is excited to embrace the world’s #1 automotive entertainment show, and to bring fans greater access to Top Gear’s unique stories and larger-than-life personalities. We encourage everyone who enjoys humor, adventure, travel, speed and, of course, some truly cool cars to join us on this unique ride.”

You’ll want to binge the Ultimate Top Gear Collection as soon as you can, because MotorTrend and the BBC are bringing you an all-new American version of Top Gear. Casting for the hosts is happening now and will be announced soon, so get to MotorTrend’s Facebook and Instagram pages and tell us who you want to see as the hosts of the next Top Gear. Then sign up for all of MotorTrend’s Top Gear news at

Top Gear has an estimated worldwide audience of 350 million people. The past catalog of seasons allows MotorTrend streaming video subscribers to see the best episodes starring the iconic trio of Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, as well as the subsequent crew of Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, and Rory Reid. That massive catalog joins MotorTrend’s already vast collection of nearly 4,000 hours of the best automotive content anywhere, including hit shows like Roadkill, Dirt Every Day, Fast N’ Loud, Wheeler Dealers, Overhaulin’, and much more. So if you haven’t already, subscribe and get the MotorTrend App!


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Porsche Technology Apprenticeship Program Celebrates 20 years

Motortrend News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 15:00

Ever wonder how some of the world’s best automotive technicians got to the top? It’s a good question, especially today when the automotive industry advances quicker than ever in terms of new technology. Indeed, there’s a large demand for skilled technicians; the U.S. Department of Labor predicts that around 46,000 new jobs in the field will need to be filled by 2026.

Porsche, for one, is a carmaker well-positioned to continue to feed the technician pipeline. The Porsche Technician Apprenticeship Program (PTAP) this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, and since its inception has led to more than 700 technicians joining the Porsche workforce. Today the company boasts 1,100 technicians spread across 191 U.S. dealerships, with more than a 3rd of those technicians graduating from the PTAP.

Interested in such a career? Porsche says the program’s standards are high, with most applicants having already completed Universal Technical Institute’s Automotive Technology curriculum. Of dozens upon dozens of applicants, Porsche selects just 12 for each new PTAP class. Each one endures an interview process consisting of a psychological assessment, a mechanical knowledge test, and a personal interview.

Make it into the program, though, and courses are taught in Easton, Pennsylvania, Eastvale, California, and Atlanta, Georgia, by Porsche Master Level Technicians. The full school takes 23 weeks to complete and consists of 16 core and 38 online courses. Students also practice servicing engines, brakes, and electrical systems in a hands-on setting in order to get the feel of working in a real Porsche dealership. Additionally, they must have an automotive job outside of the program.

Upon graduating, students begin working at Porsche dealerships across the U.S., where they can then climb the ladder toward bronze, silver, and gold certifications. Some eventually become instructors, with others going into technical support and management.

Sound like it’s up your alley? Get all the details here.

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Audley Group submits plans for first zero carbon scheme

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 13:30
Audley Group has submitted plans for its first carbon neutral development in Kintbury, Berkshire.
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Kadans announces second UK science park

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 13:20
Science park investor Kadans has bought its second UK research hub in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
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Unite buys site for £48m scheme

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 13:19
Student accommodation giant Unite Group has bought a site in Nottingham for a 620-bed development in Nottingham.
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British Library appoints CBRE

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 13:19
The British Library has appointed CBRE to oversee facilities management for its estate, including sites in St Pancras and Boston Spa in West Yorkshire.
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RESIcast: Lenders need to understand the operation game

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 12:12
Shifting sands of service-driven property – particularly across residential – have changed the game for real estate lenders. In our property podcast, leading institutions including Barclays, LaSalle and AEGON explain how the financiers are evolving.
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High street vacancy rates hit four-year high

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 10:17
The number of empty retail units in town centres is at a four-year high, with a vacancy rate of 10.3% in July.
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Sony confirms move to Liverpool's Echo Building

Property Week News Feed - Mon, 08/12/2019 - 09:45
Sony has confirmed its move to Liverpool city centre’s Echo Building, as tipped by Property Week last year.
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