Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid Road Test Review

APR 14 2014 BY MIKE ANTHONY 20

So far, there been perhaps only a handful or two of Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid review.

So, when we’re asked: What’s it like to drive?  Our answer is as follows.

2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

2014 Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Having a luxury sport sedan that’s very powerful with jaw dropping excitement and very low emissions or sometimes even zero emissions is a dream come true with the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid is way different from the older non-plug-in Panamera hybrid.  The plug-in version comes with several improvements.  To name a few, there’s 22 miles of range on electricity. The electric motor now produces a 95 bhp.  There’s an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission and a powerful 3.0L supercharged V6 engine that delivers 333 HP. Paired with the electric motor, the Panamera S E-Hybrid delivers 416 hp and has a 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid can be fully charged overnight (Level II) and be ready to go for the next day of driving. In “E-Charge Mode,” the engine can recharge the drained battery to 100% in around 40-45 miles.

There is not much to do to adjust to the S E-Hybrid if coming from a typical ICE vehicle.  Other than plugging it in every night to maximize efficiency, that’s it.

The vehicle has all the comforts and features normally found in a Panamera and more.

The price of the Panamera S E-Hybrid is a bit on the high side with an MSRP of $99,000 dollars. But it’s a luxury performance sedan with a Porsche badge, so the price seems reasonable to us.

As an added bonus, owners know they’re producing far less emissions than a typical ICE performance sedan or possibly even no emissions in urban areas.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid is a winner.  In fact, some say it’s perhaps the best all-around plug-in hybrid (EREVs excluded) available today.

Panamera S E-Hybrid

Panamera S E-Hybrid

Source: EV Fleet World

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complete waste of money

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Money far better spent with Tesla. Tesla’s got Better performance, better design, more seating, more storage, more American made, more electric range, more free charging, and the list just continues on and on… Why would anyone waste their money on this?

Welcome the plug in option, but really if you are buying any luxury class vehicle, there is only one good option – Tesla. Period.

Maybe they realize that the difference in performance is negligible, maybe they prefer the Porsche design, maybe they don’t need the extra seats, maybe they don’t need the additional storage, maybe they don’t want to buy American, maybe total range is more important, maybe they have enough money not to care about free charging, the list goes on, what’s important is that there is a bit of choice around.

I admit when I first saw this car and the ELR I though they where totally pointless but I have come to think that its great that Porsche made this car and I think it’s great that a guy can walk into a Porsche dealer intent on buying a car that emits 208 g/CO2/km and leave with a car that emits 71 g/CO2/km. He was probably never going to buy a Tesla or a Prius or a smart car. Everyone of these cars sold (assuming that they were going to buy a petrol Panamera) is equivalent to taking another car off the road.

Well said.

Yeah, I agree, should get a 918 instead 😉

“Complete waste” Really? Maybe Porsche needs to figure out the stupidity of 9Kwh, in such an expensive machine, but:

In Porsche’s defense, said person:
-might have multiple destination charging, and low daily miles
-might be more concerned about having >300 miles of range, for that place he might consider flying to?
-might favor strict coils and dampers, over “air”, without realizing Tesla’s non-air comes standard w/Bilsteins (not Sachs)
-might enjoy about ~800lbs less weight
-might simply favor Porsche’s interior
-might favor using his eyes for the road, rather than playing “pin the tail on the iPad”
-might favor single-function displays, over multi-screen
-might favor the rear seating
-etc.

I am being as kind as I can. They’ll come around. All the development for their LMP1 hybrid, and 918, will someday make PHEV more rugged, and fun. We can count on them for that.

Pretty wimpy motor. Wonder what it’s acceleration in e mode is like? 0-60 in 10S?

Hard to find information on their website, but apparently that HUGE home docking station will allow 240 volts @ 15 amps charging at home (3.6 kw). 2 hour recharge for the 6.8 kwh , 18 mile range battery.

I’m of course assuming these things have a J1772 connector for the North American market. These things don’t have a Mennkes connector in the States do they ? In other words, you can ONLY charge it at home?

J1772 in N.A.

….its a 9,4kwh battery.

When the 918 brochures were mailed to Porsche owners, they depicted 6.7, or 6.8 “usable” kwh. That’s the DOD, of the 9.4kwh total.

What VWG appears to be doing is limiting electric to complementing an ICE centric recipe, or the opposite of EREV. While a mistake, to many of us, it is an outgrowth of racing fomulas where the only aim is kinetic energy storage. I think F1 allows only 2Kwh on board, and you aren’t allowed to start with “the tank” full, etc.

The i3 REx may be the loudest message VWG will get.

9.4 kWh pack that can be used in full electric to 80% (7.5kWh) before the ICE kicks in. The idea is to always have the full 416hp available anytime. Afterall, it is a Porsche.

The “Tesla or bust” thing gets pretty tiring after a while. Not everybody is going to want a Tesla! And not everybody is going to want a pure EV, supercharge network be damned. For me, every time I see a new participant in the plug-in market, I get excited! Yes, Tesla is the most committed, and their product is impressive, but the industry as a whole needs everybody to get involved, and believe it or not, not everybody is ready to dive in head first (talking about both producers and consumers). I’m going to enjoy every step along the way, rather than complain and say “are we there yet?” for the next 20 years.

+1 on that Tesla is a good car but extremely expensive and has a lot of short comings: poor interior for a $100k car, range limitations that come with all EVs, etc. As much as the purist in all of us wishes that everyone could be on EVs, it isn’t remotely practical for most people and that includes having a Tesla. PHEVs will play a big role in the EV evolution. As you probably know, most Volt owners drive 2/3 of their time all electric but never have to worry about range anxiety. And btw the car is affordable to the average man on the street which means it can be sold in volume and actually make an impact. Volkswagen is in the process of major innovation on the electric power train that is going to be leveraged across all its brands (Porsche, Audi at the high end; Volkswagen at the mass/lower end). Volkswagen sells 10mm cars/year and is the biggest producer in the world. If we want to see EVs go mainstream, this is where its going to happen and not at Tesla selling 25,000 cars to the uber wealthy at $100k/car. If Volkswagen can be selling 500,000 PHEVs… Read more »

There are >30K Model S owners out there that would totally disagree with your ” it isn’t remotely practical for most people” comment. In fact, I would say you’d be hard pressed to find more than a handful of them that would agree with you.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

This car is for the business-car market in the UK, as it benefits from a number of tax benefits as well as exemption from congestion charges.

For my own $$$ (if I had that much I could spend on a car), my choice would easily be a Tesla.

I believe people living near the Autobahn value speed. The Tesla is quick but definitely not fast. Imagine being passed by Polos and Opel Corsas all day!

I’d feel safer driving a Model S at 130MPH than a Polo!

Me too! Especially since you would probably do 90-100mph max over an extended period due to the reduced range at elevated speeds. This actually matters in Europe.