Porsche Please With A Performance PHEV Panamera | MHH International
Joining the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid that was launched last autumn, the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid further underlines the high importance of electro-mobility at Porsche. This new type of ‘E-Performance’ delivers higher power, greater driving pleasure and higher efficiency. This radical car is seen by Porsche as the performance kit of the future. The good news though is that buyers can get it now.
A Unique Drive Concept
After the successful début of the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid, which combines a V6 engine with an electric motor, the new Turbo S E-Hybrid demonstrates once more the performance potential of Porsche hybrid technology. This latest Panamera combines an electric motor (100 kW/136hp) with a V8 twin-turbo petrol engine (550hp/404 kW). The transition between power units is managed by a de-coupler installed in the Porsche hybrid module within the drivetrain. This is operated electro-mechanically by an electric clutch actuator, as in the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid. The result is short response times and a high level of comfort. This car is quick.
As in all other second-generation Panamera models, a fast-shifting eight-speed PDK double-clutch transmission is featured. This drives all four wheels via the adaptive Porsche Traction Management system, and provides assured traction at all speeds and road conditions, no matter what nature throws at you.
The Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid is equipped with Porsche Active Suspension Management as standard and adds adaptive, three chamber air suspension, also as standard. This offers a unique balance in the market segment: the comfort of a luxury saloon paired with super sports car performance.
Further dynamic features include Ceramic Composite Brakes, Dynamic Chassis Control Sport and Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus all sitting on 21” alloy wheels.
The Electric Motor
For those who are fascinated by technology facts the electric motor is supplied with power via a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 14.1 kWh. Within six hours, the high-voltage battery (under the luggage compartment floor) is fully charged with 10 A via a 230 V connection. If the optional 7.2 kW on-board charger and a 230 V connection with 32 A instead of the standard 3.6 kW charger is used, the battery can be 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 future is now.
Performance, Comfort And Efficiency Combined In One Car
The hybrid Panamera Turbo starts in the purely electric “E-Power” mode as standard, and the four-door sports car can drive locally over a distance of up to 30 miles with zero emissions. When a specific pressure point is passed in the accelerator pedal (and no doubt it will be), 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 97.4 mpg (2.9 l/100 km), equivalent to 66 g/km of CO2, and 16.2 kW/h/100 km for electric power. Weighing in with a heavy foot is likely to affect this.
A Choice Of Wheelbases
The four-door saloon Gran Turismo will also be offered in a long wheelbase version, with the rear passenger compartment extended 150mm.
The UK recommended retail price including tax starts at £137,140.00. More if you prefer the LWB version. Porsche power combined with low emissions and acceptable fuel economy. Seriously, as the song goes, who could ask for anything more?