German car maker Porsche has announced a new range of Porsche Panamera models. The Stuttgart-based company will present the plug-in-hybrid with the new Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, a Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive and a Porsche Panamera 4S all at the forthcoming Shanghai Auto Show 2013 on April 21. At the beginning of next year, a new diesel engine with 300hp will replace the current diesel and also a new Porsche Panamera Turbo S and Panamera Turbo S Executive will become available.
The Panamera range has expanded to a list of ten models now. Starting with the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid, this comes with a more powerful electric motor, a higher-performance battery that supplies more energy and the ability to charge it externally from the electrical grid. The new electric drive system develops 95hp up from the previous electric motor at 47hp. All that power comes from the new lithium-ion battery, which at 9.4kWh has over five times the 1.7kWh energy capacity of the previous battery thanks to the nickel metal hydride technology.
Charging the new Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid is much easier when connected to an industrial outlet. It can be charged within two and a half hours via the integrated on-board charger and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC). A household electrical outlet which is German power rated can charge the same car in less than four hours.
What is even more enticing about the new model is that the previous model’s NEDC fuel consumption of 7.1 l/100 km was reduced by 56 per cent to 3.1 l/100 km. It has new CO2 emissions of 71 g/km. New improvements will be noticed in electric acceleration, the electric range and electric top speed and it managed 36 kilometres in NEDC-based testing. Note that air conditioning and heating are deactivated in NEDC test conditions hence the most realistic distance is somewhere between 18 and 36 km, you can reach a top speed of up to 135km/h in electric mode.
The performance figures have also improved as it now does a 0-100km/h sprint in 5.5 seconds and is capable of hitting a top speed of 270km/h. You’ll find certain convenience functions that can be activated with a smart phone app. They include the charge status indicator and the auxiliary climate control option of the plug-in hybrid which enables car preheating or cooling via Porsche Car Connect.
The two new Gran Turismo ranges which include the Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive and the Panamera 4S Executive define a whole new set of changes. First is noticed in the powerhouse where Porsche has stripped off two cylinders from the previous 4.8 liter V8 to a new 3 liters V6 engine fed by two turbochargers. This does not only see an improved performance but also an 18 per cent better fuel economy compared to the V8 engine. There is 20hp more power and 20Nm more torque in the new V6 setup.
Due to an increased wheelbase in the two new models, the two full-fledged bucket seats in the rear seating get more space! The transmission will feature seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung PDK while an eight-speed automatic Tiptronic S operates in the Panamera S E-Hybrid. Those with the PDK system will enjoy coasting function where the clutches open in overrun, the engine idles, and the vehicle coasts freely hence conserving fuel consumption.
The luxury options continue to present in the exterior such as the tighter and more prominent line work at the front end with larger air intakes and new LED headlights. You’ll shall notice a more swept-back rear window that creates an even more extended silhouette not to mention the new boot lid styling, a wider spoiler and new bi-xenon headlights. It comes with camera-based traffic sign detection and lane departure warning which both offer greater convenience in cross-country and motorway travel.
It all comes down to the prices once the features are laid down, and as per Porsche’s details, the new generation of Panamera models will be launched to the market in July 2013. The following are the prices; 81,849 euros for the Panamera Diesel and 83,277 Euro for the Panamera. The Panamera 4 is priced at 88,513 euros, the Panamera S at 101,841 euros, the Panamera 4S at 107,196 euros while the Panamera S E-Hybrid will cost 110,409 euros. Other models are the Panamera GTS at 121,595 euros and the Panamera 4S Executive at 132,662 euros. The top models are the Panamera Turbo for 145,990 euros and the Panamera Turbo Executive for 163,364 euros.
The above prices are valid in Germany with VAT included.