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2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is fast, practical and efficient

Porsche told us about a new Panamera back in April, revealing specs of the new hybrid model, but it was pretty coy on other variants in the range. Today we can soak up all the juicy new details of the ‘love it or hate it’ five-door sports car.

The new Panamera is faster and more efficient than ever.
The new Panamera is faster and more efficient than ever.

Porsche has replaced the 4.8-litre V8 found in the Panamera S and 4S models with a brand new twin-turbo V6 lump. In doing so, it’s boosted peak power by 20 ponies and peak torque is now a sizeable 520Nm. Fuel efficiency is said to be 18 per cent better. Cheaper to run yet faster ─ what’s not to like?

To satisfy speed demons with families, there’s still the option of a 4.8-litre V8 twin-turbo that delivers 0 to 62mph in a spine-snapping 4.1 seconds. At the other end of the performance scale is a Diesel Tiptronic model, with 44.8mpg and CO2 emissions of 166g/km.

The most interesting of all Panamera models is the Panamera S E-Hybrid, which comes with the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 found in the original Panamera S Hybrid model. However, the S E-Hybrid ditches the accompanying 1.7kWh nickel metal hydride battery in favour of a much larger 9.4kWh lithium-ion alternative to improve performance and increase range.

Pootling around in the all-electric mode to save precious fuel will give you a range of somewhere between 11 and 22 miles, depending on how heavy-footed you are, at speeds up to 83mph.

Total engine output has jumped from 370bhp to 416bhp, courtesy of a new 95bhp electric motor. Fuel economy has been dramatically improved, jumping 56 per cent to 91mpg while CO2 emissions drop to 71g/km. Yes, that’s low enough to dodge London’s new congestion charge (//recombu.com/cars/articles/features/9-cars-that-beat-the-new-london-congestion-charge).

The addition of a new coasting function for all models bar the GTS and improvements to stop/start all play their part in making the Panamera a more efficient beast.

Performance is still rapid even though the addition of a sizeable battery means an extra 250lbs to lug around. 0 to 62mph takes 5.5 seconds (the S Hybrid managed the same in 6 seconds) and top speed is 168mph.

Standard equipment on all models includes a multi-function steering wheel, automatic tailgate opening, leather, Bi-Xenon headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, Porsche’s Communication Management sat-nav with 7-inch touchscreen, heated front seats, some floor mats plus a three year warranty. Opt for a four-wheel drive variant and you also get Porsche Traction Management.

Prices start at £62,922 for the Diesel Tiptronic and go up to £107,903 for the 4.8-litre twin-turbo PDK. The S E-Hybrid starts at £88,967. You’ll be able to get your hands on one from July, 2013.

2014 Porsche Panamera Pictures

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