Porsche’s latest generation Panamera now comes loaded with a Hybrid powertrain and is the most economical model of the range.
The new generation Porsche Panamera pleased us with its larger improved aesthetics and overall driveability. The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid should take things to the next level with its versatility and practicality. This new plug-in hybrid is blessed with a 4 wheel drive setup, unlike its predecessor.
Power is also up on this new generation hybrid. The drivetrain consists of a 2.9-litre V6 petrol motor that works synchronously with a combination of electric motors. The result is 462 HP and a whopping 700 Nm of torque. The drivetrain is mated to a twin-clutch PDK gearbox, a first for a hybrid-powered car.
The figures help this large graceful saloon complete the sprint from standstill to a 100 kph in 4.6 seconds, which is quite impressive, although it is still the slowest Panamera in the range (the new Porsche Panamera 4S does it in 4.2 seconds). But then again, it is the most economical car and can do nearly 50 km on the electric motors alone. The electric motors however aren’t just there to improve the Panamera’s efficiency. Like the 918, the electric motors fill the gaps in the power curve as well as boost the top-speed, thoroughly improving the twin-turbocharged V6 motor’s driveability.
The emission figures stand at 56g/km of CO2 and a claimed fuel economy of 45 km per litre. Obviously, these figures will vary from real world values especially considering the plug-in hybrid test cycle. What can be comprehensively deduced is that the new Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is far more efficient than a conventional petrol-powered saloon and still packs a punch in the performance department.
In terms of design, the E-Hybrid is almost identical to its fossil fuel exclusive siblings. There are a few subtle differences that set the E-Hybrid apart. The front bumper is leaner and far less aggressive thanks to smaller air-vents and a re-designed setup. The tail section hasn’t been changed much but misses out on the fabulous retractable spoiler we loved so much.
What truly sets the E-Hybrid apart are the gorgeous fluorescent green accents that garnish different parts of the car. The fluorescent green brake callipers and e-hybrid badging give the car a very 918 feel and that is simply supreme.
Interiors on the new Panamera Hybrid are gorgeous by any standard. Featuring large touch displays and wide open spaces, the interior is a fabulous place to be. The Hybrid’s interior is probably better than its petrol and diesel siblings. The Hybrid also features a large number of driver modes. There are several combinations on how to run the petrol engine and electric motors to either maximum efficiency or performance.
Priced at around £80,000 the new Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is the entry point to the second generation Panamera range. It is a fabulous car that proves to the world that luxury and performance needn’t burn a big hole in the ozone layer. How the world perceives a Porsche Saloon with a hybrid drivetrain is an entirely different question. What are your thoughts on the latest generation Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid? Let us know in the comments below.