Gorgeous and very frugal.
Following the introduction of the 4S, 4S Diesel and Turbo models, Porsche is now ready to expand the second-gen Panamera lineup with the addition of the 4 E-Hybrid. With the exception of the additional cap and green accents, it looks virtually the same as the other members of the family, but it features a more eco-friendly powertrain.
It combines the newly developed biturbo 2.9-liter V6 engine with an electric motor to provide a total output of 462 horsepower (340 kilowatts) and a massive 517 pound-feet (700 Newton-meters) of torque. It’s possible by joining the forces of the combustion engine’s 330 hp (243 kW) & 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) and the electric motor’s 136 hp (100 kW) & 295 lb-ft (400 Nm). While on the previous hybridized Panamera the electric motor delivered its power only after pressing the accelerator pedal at least 80 percent, on the new one the electric punch is available right away, much like in the 918 Spyder.
Thanks to the revamped hardware, the 2017 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will run to 62 mph (100 kph) in as little as 4.6 seconds (down from 5.5s) and reach a top speed of 173 mph / 278 kph (up from 167 mph / 270 kph). Drive it in electric mode and you’ll be able to hit 87 mph (140 kph) before running out of juice which should happen after up to 31 miles (50 km), according to Porsche. That’s a minor improvement over its predecessor which had an electric range of 22 miles (35 km).
Most of the driving will be done in hybrid mode during which fuel consumption will stand at just 2.5 liters / 100 km based on the New European Driving Cycle for plug-in hybrid models. It represents a moderate reduction compared to the old one which was rated at 3.1 liters / 100 km per NEDC. As a side note, three years ago Porsche organized a series of test drives with the previous car in real world conditions and the journalists who drove the vehicles achieved an average fuel consumption of 4.4 liters / 100 km.
Getting back to the new one, recharging the liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery will take 5.8 hours when using the standard 3.6-kW charger, whereas with the optional 7.2 kW on-board charger it’s going to take 3.6 hours.
The car will always start in pure electric mode called “E-Power” and drivers will be able to switch to the “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes thanks to the standard Sport Chrono Package. In addition, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid will also have several hybrid-specific modes called “Hybrid Auto”, “E-Hold”, and “E-Charge.”
On its way to the Paris Motor Show, the new hybrid Panamera is already available on order in Germany where it costs €107,553 (VAT included). Deliveries in Europe will begin mid-April and other areas of the world will follow later in 2017.