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Slowest Cayenne ever

2009-12-10 07:37

This is Ruf's Dakara bodykit, finished in nuclear disaster-glow green. We think it would look quite fetching on the eRuf Cayenne.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer RUF
Model Stormster
Engine Electric
Power 270kW
Torque 950Nm
Zero To Hundred 10 sec
Top Speed 150km/h
Weight 2670kg
Bavarian Porsche tuner, Ruf, in partnership with electronics conglomerate Siemens, has built a second joint-venture electric-powered Porsche.

Earlier this year, at the Geneva motor show Ruf showcased the 911-based eRuf Greenster.

This was a very, well, green Porsche 911 powered by a sophisticated eDrive system producing 270kW.

The problem with converting Porsche’s 911 to electric power is the extraordinarily limited battery space afforded by the car’s rear-engined configuration. As a result the eRuf Greenster's range is severely truncated.

Comically optimistic speedometer not paired with an engine speed dial, but a battery meter instead.

Carbon-neutral Cayenne?

Fortunately Ruf, boasting some of the most rapid and overpowered 911s ever in its portfolio, is now showcasing its second eRuf model – the Stormster, an electric-powered Cayenne.

This plug-in electric Cayenne is infinitely more receptive to the stowage of additional battery cells (simply due to its larger size), swelling operational range appreciably.

Powering the Stormster is the same Siemens-sourced eDrive system found in the Greenster.

The 2.6t Stormster is driven by a Siemens electric motor, with the car’s lithium ion accumulators courtesy of German joint venture battery specialist Li-Tec.

Ironically Li-Tec is half-owned by Daimler AG, so expect the Stormster’s technology to be a precursor to future electric Mercedes-Benz products.

Porsche's Cayenne is hardly the last word in low-impact motoring. Now with some green graphics and electric power it's attempting redemption. Still has 22-inch wheels though...

Prius pace

From an output perspective the Stormster produces 270kW of power and 950Nm of peak rotational forced, which is sufficient for a 0-100km/h sprint of ten seconds and a top speed of 150km/h.

Ruf claims the Stormster is good for a 200km operational range per charge.

Admittedly the Stormster is rather slow (especially when Ruf’s 447kW Cayenne Dakara goes 0-100km/h in 4.7 sec), but outright performance is hardly the point.

The car’s statistics might tally a range of rather underwhelming numbers (for a Cayenne, that is) but at least it rolls regulation 295/30 profile rubber, stretched around 22-inch alloy wheels. So there is still some remnant of proper Gangster about it…

Although environmentalists have cloaked this week’s Copenhagen climate conference in doom, at least Ruf will be providing a stylish electric SUV transport solution in the form of the Stormster.

Ruf debuting its electric Porsche SUV at a climate conference?

It would have been unimaginable two decades ago, when its mad CTR Yellowbird was all the Pfaffenhausen-based manufacturer was known for…


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