For the first time ever, Porsche will make available a plug-in hybrid Panamera.
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Though it may be a bit on the expensive side for a plug-in, it’s really the only option out there for Porsche fans seeking a fuel-efficient ride.
Dubbed the Panamera S E-Hybrid, Porsche’s first plug-in hybrid cranks out a total of 416 horsepower, with the electric motor providing 95 of those horses.
Electricity is stored in a 9.4-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which is claimed to provide the Panamera S E-Hybrid with 20 miles of electric-only range (NEDC test cycle). Recharging to full capacity takes only 2.5 hours when connected to 240-volt. Top speed in electric-only mode is listed at 84 mph, but it jumps to 167 mph with the gas engine cranking.
See-Through Image of Panamera Plug-In Hybrid
The 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid will be available starting in August. The plug-in Panamera S E-Hybrid starts at $99,000. For comparison, the Panamera S (non-hybrid, non-plug-in) starts at $93,200.
So, with the basics covered, the question turns to “What’s the Panamera S E-Hybrid like to drive?”
For that, we turn to Autocar, who managed to get hold of one of these plug-in Porsche sedans for an extended test drive. Below, we’ll highlight a few of the finer points from the detailed write-up of Autocar’s drive.
2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
Since it’s a Porsche, off-the-line performance is part of the equation, albeit at slightly lesser levels than most Porsche offerings. The Panamera S E-hybrid accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.
The headline figures for the Panamera S E-Hybrid are its claimed combined cycle average of 91.1mpg and CO2 emissions of just 71g/km. According to Porsche’s claims, it can also dispatch 62mph from standstill in 5.5sec, 124mph from standstill in 19.0sec, 50mph to 75mph in 3.4sec and a reach a top speed of 168mph flat out.
On a 32 mile route mapped out at the launch of the new car in Germany this week, we managed to get the Panamera S E-Hybrid to remain in E-Power mode for almost 31 miles at an average speed of almost 30mph over a variety of roads, including city driving conditions, leaving us with indicated fuel consumption of 141.3mpg.
Finally, there’s this “Should I buy one?” question answered by Autocar as follows:
“Up until now the S Hybrid has accounted for around five per cent of worldwide Panamera sales. With the introduction of the new S E-Hybrid, Porsche expects that number to at least double.”
“The new plug-in technology brings a much improved electric range and provides clear scope for added fuel savings in real world driving conditions.”
“The appeal of the new car will surely spread beyond early adopters to those who see the second generation hybrid systems as more than a mere gimmick. They won’t be disappointed.”