Porsche adds plug-in hybrids to Panamera range

Ultimately, the Porsche Panamera will become available with four plug-in hybrid (PHEV) drivelines, of which the automaker unveils the first two: the 4 E-Hybrid and 4S E-Hybrid. Both models can cope with approximately 100 kilometers of zero-emission driving, a reach that has grown into the new standard.

Both E-Hybrids combine a cutting-edge hybrid system with a 2.9-liter V6 biturbo gasoline engine, delivering 346 kW (470 PS) and a maximum torque of 650 Nm in the base model. This configuration enables the sports saloon to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/hour in a mere 4.1 seconds, topping at 280 km/hour while offering an impressive electric range of up to 96 kilometers.

Stronger e-motor

Are you seeking an extra edge? Then, you’ll have to seat yourself in the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid, which raises the bar with a system output of 400 kW (544 PS) and a torque of 750 Nm. The S in the name sharpens the sprint from 0 to 100 km/hour to 3.7 seconds and lifts top speed to 290 km/hour, maintaining a commendable electric range of 78 to 90 kilometers. This is a beefed-up version of the driveline from the Cayenne E-Hybrid.

At a later stage, two electrified Turbo models will join the range /Porsche

Both electrified Panamera models boast advancements over their predecessors, including an enhanced electric range, faster charging times, quicker throttle response, and an overall improvement in driving dynamics, thanks to an upgraded high-voltage battery and a new 11 kW onboard AC charger.

Compared to the outgoing models, the combustion engine trades in some power (32 hp) for the lighter electric motor to gain significantly: 190 hp and 450 Nm or a hike of 54 hp and 50 Nm.

Specific driving modes must optimize efficiency and performance. There’s E-Power, Hybrid Auto, E-Hold, and E-Charge, alongside the dynamic Sport and Sport Plus. These PHEVs are engineered to start most efficiently, adjusting to driving conditions to promote electric use, especially in urban settings.

Sport Turismo cancelled

Every variant of the new Panamera comes standard with the automaker’s famed adaptive two-chamber air suspension and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), seeking a perfect balance between handling, comfort, and performance.

Introducing the Porsche Active Ride suspension in these E-Hybrid models must enhance body control and erase the weight penalty of the installed battery pack, which grew almost 55% from 14 to 25.9 kWh compared to the previous generation.

The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and Panamera 4S E-Hybrid are currently available for order, with the first deliveries in Europe expected in the second quarter of 2024. At a later stage, these models will be accompanied by two additional PHEV versions: the topliners Turbo and Turbo S. The estate version Sport Turismo has been ditched.

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