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Porsche ups the ante with new Panamera S E-Hybrid

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April 22, 2013

Porsche unveils the new Panamera S E-Hybrid (Photo: Gizmag)

Porsche unveils the new Panamera S E-Hybrid (Photo: Gizmag)

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Making its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show, Porsche's new Panamera S E-Hybrid stood front and center, metaphorically at least, among its Panamera siblings: a now nine-strong lineup, refreshed for 2014. The Panamera S E-Hybrid differentiates itself from its predecessor, the plain 'ol Panamera S Hybrid, with a much-improved battery and electric motor. Performance-wise, the S E-Hybrid is no slouch, hitting 60 mph (97 km/h) from a standstill in 5.2 seconds, and nudging 167 mph (269 km/h) at top speed.

Given the development of a new lithium-ion battery, which increases capacity from 1.7 to 9.4 kWh, the insertion of the E into the name seems entirely justified. The electric motor provides 95 hp (71 kW), just better than doubling the previous model's 47 hp. Connected to a 240-V supply, Porsche claims the battery can be fully charged inside 150 minutes.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid is set to launch before the end of the year, starting at US$99,000

The full specs sheet for the Panamera S E-Hybrid is still missing a few fuel consumption figures, though Porsche has released 71 g/km of CO2 emissions, though conditions for meeting this figure aren't clear.

New Executive models of the Panamera S and Panamera 4S also made their debut in Shanghai. Both pack a new 3-liter twin-turbo V6 and an extended wheelbase.

It's now 4 years, almost to the day, since Porsche unveiled the original Panamera in Shanghai. The company says that, in 2012, one in every three Panameras was exported to China, which is now Porsche's largest market outside of the US.

The Panamera S E-Hybrid is set to launch before the end of the year, starting at US$99,000.

Source: Porsche

2 Comments

It is about time for them to bring at least hybrid but i say go full EV if you want my money!

DaveBG
23rd April, 2013 @ 01:04 am PDT

@DaveBG

The Tesla has a 300 mile range when you don't drive it like a sports car. How would it do after the battery is 10 years old if you have a lead foot or on a cold northern winter day?

Battery technology is not there yet for Porsche to put their name on a pure EV. With a Tesla you know what are getting when you sign up.

Daishi
23rd April, 2013 @ 10:39 pm PDT
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