After the successful debut of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, Porsche is showing once again that hybrid technology has great performance potential. At the 2017 Geneva Motor Show in March, Porsche will unveil the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid featuring a four-litre turbocharged V8 engine combined with an electric motor, resulting in 680hp and 850Nm of torque.
That means it accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and reaches a top speed of 310 km/h. As in all other second-generation Panamera models, the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) with 8 gears is used to transmit the power to the standard adaptive all-wheel drive system Porsche Traction Management (PTM).
The electric motor is supplied with power via a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 14.1 kWh. It can be fully charged within six hours with 10 A via a 230-V connection. If the Panamera uses the optional 7.2-kW on-board charger and a 230-V connection with 32 A instead of the standard 3.6-kW charger, the battery is fully charged in just 2.4 hours. The charging process can also be started using a timer via Porsche Communication Management (PCM) or the Porsche Connect app (for smartphones and Apple Watch). Moreover, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is fitted with auxiliary air conditioning to cool or heat the passenger compartment even during charging.
The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid starts in the purely electric “E-Power” mode as standard, and the four-door sportscar can drive over a distance of up to 50km with zero emissions. When a specific pressure point is passed in the accelerator pedal, or when the battery charge level drops below a minimum value, the Panamera switches to “Hybrid Auto” mode, at which point the power of both engines is available. Consumption in the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) for plug-in hybrid models amounts to 2.9 l/100 km for super-grade petrol (66 g/km of CO2) and 16.2 kW/h/100 km for electric power.
As part of its standard equipment, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid includes the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB), Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport) including Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), Power Steering Plus and 21-inch alloy wheels in the 911 Turbo Design. The basic package also contains auxiliary air-conditioning, adaptive aerodynamic elements and three-chamber air suspension including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). The long version is equipped with rear axle steering as standard.
The new flagship of the second Panamera generation will be launched in the European market in July 2017 while other markets will follow in the second half of 2017. In Germany, prices for the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid start at EUR 185,736 (est RM873,000) including VAT meanwhile for the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Executive, prices start at EUR 199,183 (est RM936,000).