Porsche’s first plug-in hybrid recorded its first sales in the US last month, though we're uncertain as to the precise amount of units that were sold due to Porsche not breaking out sales of the various Panamera models.
UPDATE: Porsche has sold a total of 39 units through the end of November
The plug-in Panamera S E-Hybrid starts at $99,000 (and qualifies for $4,750 worth of the federal credit as well), which actually makes it one of the cheaper Panameras (there are 11 versions of the Panamera offered in the US) available and certainly the cheapest with 416 hp on tap. Industry estimates expect that 10% of Panamera buyers will opt for the plug-in hybrid version.
Sales of the Panamera in the US typically hover around the 500-unit mark per month. So, if we assume the industry is reasonably accurate with its 10% prediction, then Panamera S E-Hybrid sales should be in the ballpark of 50 units per month, but not this month as our search of dealer inventory shows perhaps a dozen or so on dealer lots across the US.
We suspect a handful were sold (although there has been some initial, yet still unverified, reports of some hiccups getting the car into customer's hands), but as inventory grows, maybe that 50-unit prediction will be achieved.
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 - official EPA figures are not yet available).
Somenotable specs include:
- Top speed in electric-only mode is 84 mph
- Top speed 167 mph with the gas engine cranking
- Panamera S E-hybrid accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds
Engine Engine layout Front engine / Rear wheel drive Design and cylinders V engine / 6 Displacement 3.0 Liters
Power Combustion Engine: 333 hp Electric Motor: 95 hp Total Output: 416 hp at rpm 5500 rpm
Max. torque (lb.-ft.) at rpm Combustion Engine: 325 lb.-ft. Electric Motor: 229 lb.-ft. Combined: 435 lb.-ft. at rpm
City TBA Highway TBA Combined TBA
Transmission Drivetrain Rear wheel drive Automatic transmission 8-speed Tiptronic S
Chassis Front axle Aluminum double wishbone front axle Rear axle Aluminum multi-link rear axle Steering Power Steering Plus Brakes Aluminum monobloc fixed-calipers 6-piston (front), 4-piston (rear) Internally ventilated, 360 mm (front) and 330 mm (rear) discs with recuperating brake system, calipers painted Black ABS Yes Tires (front) 8.0 x 18 RO 59 245/50 R 18 Tires (rear) 9 x 18 RO 53 275/45 R 18
- Length 197.44 in.
- Width (w/ mirrors folded) 76.02 in.
- Height 55.8 in.
- Drag coefficient (Cd) 0.29
- Wheelbase 114.96 in.
- Curb Weight 4,619 lbs.
- Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) 5,688 lbs.
Luggage compartment volume (with seats folded) 40.08 cu.-ft. Fuel tank 21.1 gal.
Top Track Speed 167 mph 0 - 60 mph 5.2 s 1/4 mile 13.8 s
Service and Warranty
Main service interval Porsche Cars North America offers service and maintenance packages in a variety of terms to match your intended usage.
- Limited warranty Vehicle: 4 year/50,000 mile (whichever comes first)
- Battery: 7 year/70,000 mile (whichever comes first)
- Battery Management System: 8 year/80,000 mile (whichever comes first)
- 24-Hour Roadside Assistance program Limited corrosion warranty 12 years, regardless of mileage Paint warranty period 4 year/50,000 mile (whichever comes first)