|Porsche’s first four-door speedster the Panamera will soon be unveiled in its latest representation. At present, the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid version which entails several new exterior and interior motifs represent the Gran Turismo in newer trims, and it’s the world’ first plug-in hybrid variant in the luxury segment.|
Exterior-wise, the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid has tighter and more prominent lines at the front end. All the customary fascia elements such as; larger air intakes, sharp-contoured headlights with bi-xenons and edgier lower bumper are distinguishing front end highlights. The Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid incorporates a swept-back windscreen for an extended silhouette when viewed from the side, while the rear takes up new boot lid, wider windscreen and bigger spoiler for that Gran Turismo, sporty appeal. With the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, just like all Porsches; further customization, up to 10 options, is possible from new LED headlights to related exterior and interior parts.
The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid gets the familiar multifunction steering wheel, five-ring instrument cluster and an added automatic boot lid on the inside. Plus, a list of convenience and assistance systems, including the smartphone app, lane departure warning, traffic signs detection and the optimized adaptive cruise control system that detects the braking process in hazardous situations.
A 3-liter V6 engine with bi-turbo powers both the Panamera S and 4S, but the Porsche Panamera S Hybrid, switching from a 4.8l to 3.0l, is a systematically advanced development of the parallel full hybrids with a more powerful electric motor. Although displacement is downgraded, power output and torque have risen by 20 hp and 20 Nm compared to its predecessor. An eight-speed transmission with tiptronic S is fitted to both the Panamera Diesel and S E-Hybrid. The Panamera S E-Hybrid Gran Turismo is able to achieve up 416 hp and 520 Nm of torque, thanks to the 95 hp electric drive which derives power from a lighter lithium-ion battery. The 0 – 100 km/h sprint is an astonishing 5.5 seconds, while top speed reaches 270 km/h. All the while, there is a fuel savings of up to 56 percent which translates to 7.1/100km from the previous model to 3.1 l/100 km on the current Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid.
A realistic all-electric driving range in everyday operation would lie somewhere between 18 and 36 km – and under particularly favorable conditions it could even exceed this range. The Panamera with the new hybrid drive can reach speeds of up to 135 km/h in all-electric operation. Meantime, the electric boost function ups the performance of both the electric motor and the combustion engine. The parallel full hybrid concept developed by Porsche also offers “coasting” at higher speeds, which refers to free coasting with the internal combustion engine shut off and energy recovery by generating electricity.
Charging the motor has been shortened; on an industrial outlet, the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid can be charged within around two and a half hours via the integrated on-board charger. On standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC) or conventional household electrical outlets, the S E-Hybrid recharges full in less than four hours.
The new generation of the Porsche Panamera model is slated for debut at the Shanghai Auto show on 21 April, followed a premiere in Malaysia by Sime Darby Auto Performance in quarter 3.