Scheduled to début at the 2017 Geneva Motorshow this March, the all-new plug-in Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid will be the new flagship of the model line. Apart from the standard, the Executive version will be offered as well and will feature a wheelbase extended by 150mm. The model will begin selling in July 2017, while further markets will follow throughout the second half of the year.
The new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid will get 4-liter V8 power combined with an electric motor, which will result in quite impressive numbers of 500kW, or 680 horsepower, and 850Nm of torque.
The V8 engine has 404kW/550hp, while the electric motor provides additional 100kW or 136 horsepower. The all-wheel drive boost system comes directly from the 918 hypercar, and all these stats mean that the most powerful Panamera can do 0-100km/h in just 3.4 seconds with a top speed of 310km/h.
Thanks to the hybrid system, combined fuel consumption is just 2.9l/100km, with a CO2 emission of 66 g/100km. By using electric power only, the Panamera could cover up to 50km.
The Porsche Doppelkuplung eight gear dual-clutch transmission system ensures a smooth ride and power transfer to all four wheels managed by the adaptive Porsche Traction Management, and so does the three-chamber air suspension including Porsche Active Suspension Management, which can offer both the comfort of a luxury saloon and road holding of a sports car.
When it comes to braking and safety, standard equipment of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid includes the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport, Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), Power Steering Plus and 21-inch alloy wheels.
Included are also adaptive aerodynamic elements, and the long-wheelbase version is equipped with rear axle steering as standard.
The electric motor is a rear mounted liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 14kWh. It can be fully charged to 10A in six hours via a 230-V connection, but the optional 7.2-kW on-board charger and a 230-V connection with 32A instead of the standard 3.6-kW charger will fully charge the battery in just 2.4 hours.
The charging process can also be started using a Porsche Communication Management timer or the Porsche Connect smartphone app, and the car is also fitted with auxiliary air conditioning to cool or heat the passenger compartment even while the charging process lasts.
The default mode of the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid will be fully electric E-Power which provides up to 50km of local driving with zero emissions.
When the accelerator pedal is pushed harder, or when the battery level drops enough, the Panamera switches to Hybrid Auto mode which activates the V8 power plant.
The decoupler installed in the Porsche hybrid module is actuated electromechanically by an electric clutch actuator (ECA), just like in the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, resulting in high level of comfort and short response times.
After the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, which uses a V6 engine together with an electric motor, Porsche’s upgrade to the Panamera Hybrid line shows the company’s dedication to providing its customers with a unity of superb luxury, comfort, performance and green energy.
In its ultimate form, the second-gen Panamera will go into market battle with numerous hybrid competitors, and we firmly believe that it will position itself at the very top of the class.