In “last but by no means least” sense, Porsche is now also entering the plug-in hybrid fray.
Not with a small city vehicle, naturally, but with a two ton luxury saloon with 416 PS and a top speed of 270 km/h (170mph).
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The Panamera with plug-and-socket capability will come onto the market this summer.
The release of the Panamera S E-Hybrid sees Porsche once again acting as the innovator, as this is the first time that a German automobile manufacturer has used plug-in hybrid power technology.
However, it is questionable whether the new Panamera will make Porsche the cutting edge in environmentally friendly mobility.
At least according to the company’s data, the executive express should use less gas than many small automobiles.
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The Panamera hybrid can at times run solely from electricity, leaving it whispering rather than growling.
Alongside the standard V6 petrol engine with 333PS, the electric engine adds an additional 95PS (70KW), producing from start an impressive 310 Nm.
The lithium ion battery is located under the limousine’s floor, and has a capacity of 9.4 kilowatt hours (kWh), meaning the electric kick is likely to last somewhat longer than a short sharp shock. With a fully charged battery, the plug-in hybrid should manage a good 36km (23 miles) and reach a top speed of 135 km/h (85 mph). The complete recharge cycle lasts just 2.5 hours.
As one would expect from Porsche, the new model is not exactly a snip. The starting price for the Panamera S E-Hybrid lies at over 110,000 euros.
Nonetheless, the surcharge for the new model of 3,000 euros over the previous hybrid without power connector is indeed rather modest.
More info and videos on the Porsche Panamera Plug-in-Hybrid at MotorBlog.com