The brand new 2017 Porsche Panamera only recently turned official. In fact, we drove it recently and loved it! The Paris Motor Show 2016, which starts at the end of the month, will see the release of the fourth model in the line – an all-wheel drive hybrid – the Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid.
With a range of 50 km on pure electric power and a combined fuel consumption figure of 2.5 l/100 km, it is clear to see where the focus of the E-Hybrid is. In pure electric mode it is capable of a maximum speed of 140 km/h thanks to an electronic motor producing 136 hp and 400 Nm of instantaneous torque.
The motor itself is supplied via a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery. Integrated into the luggage compartment floor, the battery retains the same weight as the outgoing Panamera Hybrid model despite an increase in output from 9.4 to 14.1 kWh. It takes just 5.8 hours to fully charge via a 230-V, 10-A connection. With the optional 7.2 kW on-board charger and a 230-V, 32-A connection the battery fully charges in just 3.6 hours.
This wouldn’t be a Porsche without blistering performance though. That hybrid engine is coupled to an impressive 2.9-litre V6 biturbo engine. The combination provides a combined output of 462 hp thanks to the V6 engine’s 330 hp rating. It’s enough for a 0-100km/h time of just 4.6 seconds and a 278 km/h top speed.
The power is put down through an eight-speed PDK gearbox. This unit is an upgrade on the outgoing model with an decoupler actuated electromechanically by an electric clutch actuator. This offers faster and more efficient shift times. The Panamera is able to use its electronic power at all times, much like the stunning Porsche 918 Spyder.
Inside, the Porsche Advanced Cockpit gets hybrid-specific displays. Two seven-inch screens either side of the analogue rev counter form the interactive cockpit, and, in contrast to the other versions in the model line, the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid features a power meter tailored to hybrid operation. A 12.3-inch touchscreen functions as a central PCM control and display unit.
The Sport Chromo Package is also available as standard. The mode switch is integrated into the steering wheel and is used to activate various driving modes including “Sport” and “Sport Plus” modes and hybrid-specific modes including “E-Power”, “Hybrid Auto”, “E-Hold” and “E-Charge”. The Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid powers up in “E-Power” mode.
“Hybrid Auto” mode is completely new, changing and combining the drive sources automatically for ultimate efficiency. “E-Hold” mode allows drivers to conserve the current state of charge. In “E-Charge” mode, the battery is charged by the V6 engine. Performance modes “Sport” and “Sport Plus” engage the V6 biturbo engine continuously. In “Sport” mode, the battery charge is always maintained at a minimum level while “Sport Plus” mode is all about maximum performance but also recharges the battery as quickly as possible with the help of the V6 biturbo engine.
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is now available to order in Europe and starts at 107,553 euros including VAT (in Germany). The first examples will be delivered from mid-April. Deliveries in all other continents will follow in 2017.
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