Porsche Reveals Second E-Hybrid Panamera
Porsche will unveil a second version of its hybrid Panamera at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show – the range-topping Turbo S E-Hybrid…
Hot on the heels of the new V6 Panamera E-Hybrid, launched at the end of last year, comes the range-topping V8 Turbo S E-Hybrid, it’s the first time Porsche has introduced a plug-in hybrid as the flagship of a model range. Like its sibling the new hybrid combines an electric motor with a petrol one, in this case a four-litre eight-cylinder twin-turbo engine. In combination the two power units produce 680hp and 627lb ft of torque, this results in acceleration from 0-62mph in just 3.4 seconds (with launch control) for the all-wheel drive saloon.
The new model has a range of up to 31 miles in full electric mode, but is also capable of a top speed of 192 mph and it can achieve up to 97.4 mpg, with 66 g/km of CO2 emitted. In isolation the V8 engine produces 550hp, the electric motor 136hp, the transition between the two power units is managed by a de-coupler, installed in the car’s hybrid module, this is operated via an electric clutch. An eight-speed PDK transmission, PTM, PASM, PCCB, PDCC Sport and PTV Plus are all standard issue on the new S E-Hybrid, as are 21-inch alloy wheels the design of which mimic those found on the 911 Turbo.
The S E-Hybrid’s liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery, located under the luggage compartment floor, has a capacity of 14.1 kWh. It reaches full charge within six hours, but this can be shortened to 2.4 hours with the addition of an optional 7.2 kW on-board charger, which can be specified over the typical 3.6 kW version. The charging process can be managed via a timer integrated into the car’s PCM system, or via the Porsche Connect app. An auxiliary air-conditioning system can also be operated remotely to cool or heat the car, even during the charging process.
Two wheelbase options will be offered; a long wheelbase version, called the Executive, extends the rear passenger compartment by 150mm. The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is priced from £137,140, with the long wheelbase Executive version priced at £146,545. It will debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show (7th – 19th March 2017) but it is available to order now from UK Porsche Centres, first deliveries will arrive in July. We’ll bring you our driving impressions as soon as possible.