Porsche AG has announced the fourth Panamera variant, Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, in time for debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show. The Porschh Panamera 4 E-Hybrid with controlled all-wheel drive and an electric range of 50 kilometers generates some 340 kW (462 hp) of system power and delivers fuel consumption figures of 2.5 l/100 km in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 56 g/km.

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The new Porsche plug-in hybrid, based on the 918 Spyder, can start in purely electric mode and drives without generating any local emissions within a range of 50 km and a maximum speed of 140 km/h. The all-wheel drive Porsche achieves a top speed of 278 km/h and delivers a system torque of 700 Nm from stationary without hesitation. The four-door hybrid sports car breaks the 100 km/h barrier in just 4.6 seconds. The torque is transferred to all four wheels and the standard three-chamber air suspension ensures an optimum balance between comfort and dynamism at all times. On electric power alone, output is stacked at 100 kW (136 hp) and a torque of 400 Nm. The electric motor is available to deliver additional power at all times. This, together with the performance characteristics of the new 2.9-liter V6 biturbo engine (243 kW/330 hp/450 Nm), generates an impressive boost scenario based on electric motor and turbochargers.

In the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, the electrical energy is also used to increase the car’s top speed. Together with the V6 petrol engine decoupler, the electric motor heralds the new generation of the Porsche hybrid module. The electric motor is supplied with power via a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery. And despite the fact that the energy content of the battery (which is integrated under the luggage compartment floor) has been increased from 9.4 to 14.1 kWh, its weight has remained the same. The high-voltage battery takes just 5.8 hours to fully charge via a 230-V, 10-A connection.

As on the other second-generation Panamera models, a new, extremely fast and efficient-shifting Porsche eight-speed Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission is used to transmit the power to the all-wheel drive. This transmission replaces the eight-speed automatic torque converter transmission on the predecessor model.

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One highlight of the second-generation Panamera is the newly designed display and control concept in the form of the standard Porsche Advanced Cockpit with touch-sensitive panels and individually configurable displays. Two seven-inch screens either side of the analogue rev counter form the interactive cockpit, and, in contrast to the other versions in the model line, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid features a power meter tailored to hybrid operation.

A 12.3-inch touchscreen functions as a central PCM control and display unit. The driver can access various items of hybrid-specific information both here on the dash and in the instrument cluster.

With Porsche’s famed Sport Chrono Package, there are several drive modes available for the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid: “Sport”, “Sport Plus”. “E-Power”, “Hybrid Auto”, “E-Hold” and “E-Charge”.

The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is one of the main highlights for Porsche at the Paris Motor Show. Look out for more Paris Motor Show goodies on allcarschannel.com…

Edited: Porsche AG