Porsche has announced a plug-in hybrid variant of its new Panamera model, due to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show in October 2016. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is a luxury saloon car combines sportscar style and four-wheel drive with a new hybrid engine.
The hybrid power is based on the Porsche 918 Spyder, which holds the title of fastest car on the Nürburgring track thanks its extra power from two electric motors.
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is expected to arrive in showrooms in spring 2017 – we’ve got the official specifications.
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid always starts in purely electric mode, which delivers impressive power. The car can drive up to 50 km in this mode without generating any local emissions, and has an electric-only top speed of 140 km/h.
This is combined with Porsche’s new 2.9 litre V6 biturbo engine. Together they generate 340 kW of power, creating 462 horsepower and delivering 700 Nm of torque.
And like in the 918 Spyder, the electric motor is always ready to deliver additional power at all times, increasing the car’s top speed to 278 km/h combined. It goes from 0 to 62mph in just 4.6 seconds.
The Panamera’s hybrid tehcnology means more power and more fun with lower fuel costs. The car’s combined fuel consumption is 2.5 litres per 100km, with CO2 emissions of just 56g/km.
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid also has new, fast eight speed PDK (Porsche Doppelkupplung) transmission. And the air suspension creates a balance between comfort and dynamism.
The car has a liquid-cooled lithium ion battery integrated under the luggage compartment floor. It has increased capacity from the previous version from 9.4 to 14.1 kWh, yet the weight remains the same.
The high-voltage battery needs just 5.8 hours to charge fully using a standard 3.6 kW charger. Or the driver can choose to upgrade to a 7.2 kW charger to cut charging time down to 3.6 hours.
The charging process can also be controlled using the Porsche Car Connect smartphone app, or via a timer in Porsche Communication Management.
Plus the auxiliary air conditioning can cool or heat the car’s interior during charging.
The newly designed Porsche Advanced cockpit has touch-sensitive panels and displays that can be configured by the driver. It features two seven-inch screens either side of the rev counter. It also has a hybrid-specific power meter, which shows the amount of electrical energy being used, as well as that recovered for the battery.
A 12.3-inch touchscreen creates a central control and display unit where the driver can access extra information. The dashboard features a boost assistant and hybrid assistant display to show the energy available and provide signals to regulate the electrical drive power.
The Panamera hybrid has a selection of driving modes, including Sport and Sport Plus, which keep the V6 engine constantly in play.
It also has hybrid modes, including Hybrid Auto, E-Power, E-Hold and E-Charge.
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid always starts in purely electric E-Power. Hybrid Auto mode allows the car to change and combine the power sources between electric and fuel for ultimate efficiency.
E-Hold allows drivers to conserve the current level of battery charge, allowing them to switch to electric at a later point, for example in a low-emission zone.
And E-Charge mode allows the battery to be charged by the engine – meaning the petrol engine generates more power than it needs to drive.
The Porsche Panamera hybrid should be in dealerships from April 2017. Speak to your nearest Jardine Motors Porsche dealership for more information.
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