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Boxster is in for a service - service advisor said "we have a 70 plate boxster as a loan car" - I happened to remark that I had driven a few 718's and whilst i really liked 'em i wouldn't mind something different.

 

Pitched up this morning and get the key to a brand new e-hybrid - quite well specc'ed - put a 100 or so miles on it today - its a nice thing - not sure if I would have one ( just not the market "space" that I want from a car) - but its fast and quiet and has lots of toys - and BIG wheels

Kind of a moody blue colour 

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13 hours ago, Paul P said:

Pitched up this morning and get the key to a brand new e-hybrid

Bloody virtue-signalling woke liberal socialist...

 

 

Have you driven hybrids before? What's your impression?

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Have driven a couple of Mitsubishi phevs ( 1st generation ) which were odd 

this car is so unlike anything I have driven for a long time so it’s hard to seperate the hybrid from the rest. 
 

most obvious is the silent manoeuvring and pull away. When you “start” the car you simply turn it on and somewhere after 5 to 10 mph the engine cuts in.  I like that and that electric low speed thing certainly is better than stop start in a regular engine. 
 

the regen brakes are “sharp” Very un Porsche like in the amount of pedal pressure required to make it slow down. 
 

In driving at speed I don’t think I could tell what the batteries were doing really.  It’s an 8 speed auto and it’s fast      If you are doing 60 and want to get to 70 Quickly it shifts down so top Is more of an overdrive (like my boxsters pdk )

it’s a plug-in hybrid and it hasn’t been plugged in so there wasn’t much in the batteries (it only had 100 miles on the clock at collection) so I guess it’s limited on what it can do given it’s only getting regen braking to charge it so far  

i might plug it in at home overnight just to see what difference it makes 

i tried it in sport mode for about a mile.  Was noticeably horrible with respect to lurching gear changes 

Not a fair test given the battery charge level but my initial feel is “yeah, and ?”

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Paul P said:

 

i tried it in sport mode for about a mile.  Was noticeably horrible with respect to lurching gear changes 

Interesting, didn't know they had Tip boxes rather than PDK. 

https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/porsche/cayenne

"All come with an eight-speed auto – Tiptronic rather than double-clutch PDK, because it’s handier for towing horseboxes and speedboats, which is the sort of thing that Cayenne buyers like to do"

 

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7 hours ago, iborguk said:

Interesting, didn't know they had Tip boxes rather than PDK. 

https://www.topgear.com/car-reviews/porsche/cayenne

"All come with an eight-speed auto – Tiptronic rather than double-clutch PDK, because it’s handier for towing horseboxes and speedboats, which is the sort of thing that Cayenne buyers like to do"

 

all Cayenne's are tips, our diesel is, but it runs ok TBH

As far as the older Hybrid Cayenne's they did about 20 miles max on electric, complete WOT in my opinion

Can't wait to see what the full electric Macan might be in due course though

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Just now, Stuart21UK said:

all Cayenne's are tips, our diesel is, but it runs ok TBH

As far as the older Hybrid Cayenne's they did about 20 miles max on electric, complete WOT in my opinion

Can't wait to see what the full electric Macan might be in due course though

Yes I feel the same way re potential of the electric Macan. 

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33 minutes ago, iborguk said:

Yes I feel the same way re potential of the electric Macan. 

I fear the price may make it unattainable for me mind

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When I had my Boxster serviced at Tonbridge, they lent me a brand new hybrid cayenne and I thought it was hideous. Far to big for south London and permanently beeping at me driving around the side roads. Very disappointing. I would have loved a new Boxster but not possible to make requests apparently 

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I parked next to an ehybrid cayenne yesterday. Thing that caught my eye was it had yellow calipers. I thought 'PCCBs?'. No just yellow calipers. Other than that I have nothing. 

Thing that amazes me is that these things seem to post incredibly low emission/high fuel economy figures that no-one will ever achieve in a million years. Keeps the VED low though.

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Out of interest, what insurance excess did you have to agree to?

When my Macan was in for new exhaust tips I had to agree to a £1,000 excess on the courtesy car. Given I hadn't been informed of this prior to arrival I was somewhat shocked and it made me just drive straight home very carefully and park it up.

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50 minutes ago, JurassicGTS said:

Out of interest, what insurance excess did you have to agree to?

When my Macan was in for new exhaust tips I had to agree to a £1,000 excess on the courtesy car. Given I hadn't been informed of this prior to arrival I was somewhat shocked and it made me just drive straight home very carefully and park it up.

I think it’s 800

from memory for anything valued over 60k its 800 and you can’t pay to have it reduced.  

 Under 60k you can pay 20 quid for an excess waiver.  
 

 

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4 hours ago, Paul P said:

I think it’s 800

from memory for anything valued over 60k its 800 and you can’t pay to have it reduced.  

 Under 60k you can pay 20 quid for an excess waiver.  
 

 

I hadn’t considered that until they produced the documents. The one they lent me had a handful of miles on it and didn’t come close to any kerbs!

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1 minute ago, TV8 said:

I hadn’t considered that until they produced the documents. The one they lent me had a handful of miles on it and didn’t come close to any kerbs!

Likewise.  This one had 102 miles on it when I picked it up.  
 

rhey had originally set aside a boxster for me but when they called to confirm the booking I said “something different would be a pleasant change” (having previously had a couple of 718 on various guises from them. )

I am never going to buy one and it was fun to play with for a couple of days but it’s going back tomorrow morning.
 

Mines all ready to roll.  

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On 4/27/2021 at 6:55 PM, Stuart21UK said:

all Cayenne's are tips, our diesel is, but it runs ok TBH

As far as the older Hybrid Cayenne's they did about 20 miles max on electric, complete WOT in my opinion

Can't wait to see what the full electric Macan might be in due course though

true; I had one.

the electric part was really there for a torque fill, as the petrol engine was a V6 supercharger (from Audi...)

Mine did a lot of towing duty - inc towing the cup car to Spa & the Ring.

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Took it back today - overall - I grew to like it - not sure I would buy one but who knows. I had a chance to play with the various options - found that it felt way more nicer to drive with the suspension in sport mode - and everything else left as auto/hybrid - it still was smooth and didn't bang over bumps or any kind of "harsh" suspension response - but was a little lower, a little less like a 3d video game - if I had one I would probably drive it in that mode most of the time.

 

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Makes a bit of a mockery of the running in procedure to give a car with 100 miles on the clock to someone who might whale the t*ts off it....

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2 minutes ago, JonSta said:

Makes a bit of a mockery of the running in procedure to give a car with 100 miles on the clock to someone who might whale the t*ts off it....

What is the running in procedure for a new car these days.  ?

last new car I had it was “don’t use maximum revs for the first 500 miles and don’t let the engine labour in to high a gear.  No oil change. No service. 
 

last few loaners I have had from OPC have all had < 750  miles on the clock. Only thing  they have ever said is “have fun in tbat”

maybe I have trustworthy face.  Or just look won’t drive it over 30 mph. 

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Actually I have no idea what Porsche says these days. I know a lot of peeps don't think twice and just drive them. I've always run new cars/bikes in religiously but like you say things are built to such close tolerances now. Hopefully....

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