The Panamera S Hybrid marks the beginning of a new chapter for Porsche, as well as continuing the success story of the four-door GT. Without sacrificing its driving dynamics or space for four passengers, the new Panamera S Hybrid combines a total output of 380hp with CO2 emissions of just 159g/km.
In addition to offering 0-62mph in 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 168mph, the Panamera S Hybrid returns fuel economy of 34.5mpg US Combined. These statistics were achieved through a combination of clever engineering solutions and the use of lower rolling resistance tires developed by Michelin.
The range in purely electric mode is a rather poor 1.25 miles, with driving in this mode possible up to 53mph, depending on the road and traffic conditions.
The Porsche hybrid drive is also the only system in the world able to exploit additional consumption reserves thanks to its so-called ‘sailing’ function. During phases when no power is required from the combustion engine, ‘sailing’ entails switching off the engine and disengaging the drivetrain at speeds of up to 103mph (Cayenne S Hybrid 97mph).
The Panamera S Hybrid is driven by the same engine combination that has already proved itself in the Cayenne S Hybrid, a model that already accounts for 20% of Cayenne sales in parts of Europe. The main propulsion is provided by a supercharged three-liter V6 engine delivering 333hp and supported by a 47hp electric motor. Both power units are capable of powering the Panamera S Hybrid either alone or in combination. The electric motor also operates as a generator and starter. Together with the separating clutch, it forms the compact hybrid module located between the combustion engine and the transmission.
The electric motor is connected to a nickel metal hydride (NiMh) battery where the electrical energy recovered while braking and driving is stored. Power transmission is handled by the familiar eight-speed Tiptronic S, as fitted to the Cayenne.
Every Panamera has a high level of standard specification but the Panamera S Hybrid also features adaptive air suspension as standard, plus an innovative display panel - seen in the Cayenne Hybrid - that provides the driver with all the relevant information about the vehicle’s specific hybrid driving status.
The Panamera S Hybrid goes on sale this summer.