You may not associate Porsche with eco-friendliness but your perceptions could soon change as the company readies a new Panamera plug-in hybrid, known as the Panamera S E-Hybrid.
Like the current Panamera Hybrid S, which this car will replace, it uses a 3-litre, supercharged V6, but it’s mated to a more powerful electric motor than its predecessor — 94bhp instead of the current car’s 46bhp.
That means the new Panamera Hybrid S E-Hybrid packs a total output of 410bhp – up from 374bhp. It’ll do 0 to 62mph in 5.2 seconds (the old car did it in 6 seconds) and maxes out 167mph. Suffice to say, it’s very fast and yet those four doors make it capable of ferrying four people around in complete leather-enhanced comfort.
But that’s just half the story. The outgoing Panamera S Hybrid boasts CO2 emissions of 159g/km and the new model is tipped to reduce that figure. In fact, early tests of the new powertrain point to figures as low as 82g/km and economy as high as 91mpg ─ that’s not worlds apart from Toyota’s much slower Prius Plug-in Hybrid.
Unlike the new petrol Panamera variants, the Panamera S E-Hybrid will feature Porsche’s eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic gearbox, not the seven-speed dual-clutch PDK.
While the old model made do with a 70kg 1.7kWh nickel-metal-hydride battery, the Panamera S E-Hybrid comes with a much larger 9.4kWh battery pack. It’s bound to be a fair bit heavier but will provide a range of 11 to 22 miles in full-electric mode, depending on how you drive it.
The new Panamera enjoys a few subtle aesthetic changes. It’s still instantly recognisable as a Porsche and it’s still gloriously hideous, but the rear number plate has been moved to improve the appearance of the back end. You can opt for full-LED headlights and there’s a wider rear window so reverse parking should be easier.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid is likely to cost somewhere in the region of £100,000 when it goes on sale later this year.
Source and images: AutoCar