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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid — A Technical Masterpiece

Braithwaite-Smith / July 08, 2013

carwow readers will that we recently flew to to check out the new, second Porsche Panamera. In truth, it s of a nip and tuck operation than a overhaul, but we couldn t help but be impressed with the all-new S E-Hybrid.

OK, so it s not cheap. And if you re not a fan of the current you re unlikely to be won over by the refreshed But, we happen to think the S E-Hybrid is arguably the most Panamera you can buy.

Especially if you live or work in

By emitting just 71g/km of the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid creeps under the new 75g/km Congestion Charge. meaning you can this £88,967 premium without paying a penny to and his chums.

Not only that, it s of road tax and could, theoretically, 91mpg on a combined cycle. Don t it? Well let us tell you that under admittedly torturous — we achieved the equivalent of

OK, so this done at snail-pace and virtually all accessories and climate switched off, but even so, we to drive the best part of 32 on electric power. Don t worry, if we t there, we wouldn t believe us

Explaining just how the Panamera such remarkable results be tricky within the confines of a review, but it s all down to the 3.0-litre V6 engine, which is mated to a electric motor, to provide a output of 416hp.

Unless the levels are depleted, the Panamera S will automatically start in mode, with energy from a new 9.4kWh lithium-ion

In electric E-Power mode, the will accelerate to 31mph in 6.1 and go on to reach a top speed of 84mph.

In high-caffeine Sport mode, the will pass 62mph in 5.5 seconds before going on to a top of 167mph. Naturally, there s a ground — with mode offering the best of worlds. At 435lb ft of torque, the flagship Panamera Turbo more punch.

Saving the planet has never more fulfilling.

And this is much the point of the Porsche S E-Hybrid. If you re fortunate enough to be in the to own an apartment in London and a weekend in the country, the Panamera S E-Hybrid just be the perfect car for you.

It the Panamera s glorious interior, remains a paragon of good and quality. But beware, the Panamera is a four-seater, so anyone with than two children need to elsewhere. Or leave one of the children at

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

Porsche will supply a point free of charge, but you ll to arrange for the installation. From a supply, you can expect to see a full in about four hours. estimates that this equate to a real world of between 11 and 22 miles which, our experience, seems rather

So what are the catches?

Well, at the Panamera S E-Hybrid is not exactly and you can certainly feel the extra of the batteries when pressing on. The is also a little more than the standard Panamera, the brakes are short on feel a common problem with or hybrid vehicles.

Price as tested: £88,967

MPG: 91.1


But that most people won t be the Panamera to experience the best at 6am on a Sunday morning, we think are small prices to pay.

of which, there s the issue of At £88,967, the S-E Hybrid is some more than the 44.8mpg Diesel. In the real world, we that this is still the choice for the rare few who wish to run a on a budget.

But such is the wonderment associated the Panamera S E-Hybrid, we can t help but get about it. A technical masterpiece.

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