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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

First Drive: 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid

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MUNICH, GERMANY – its debut four years Porsche’s Panamera has been a salute to physics. How could a so big and so heavy go so quick and corner so

And now, as part of a mid-cycle for 2014, we have the Panamera S a vehicle that defies in the way its saves fuel.

You may have read my first drive of the Panamera S. where a downsized, gas-powered V6 replaces the outgoing gas V8. That new engine and a new extended-wheelbase body style are the main of a refreshed 2014 Panamera but technically, the new Panamera S E-Hybrid is the significant iteration of Porsche’s four-door, 2+2 hatchback, hinting at the of luxury cars in general.

You can read here a more account of the new Porsche hybrid s makeup, but in brief, the new $113,300 base prices) rear-wheel-drive S E-Hybrid plug-in replaces the Panamera S Hybrid that for 2012. Big changes to its gasoline-electric powertrain come in the form of a new lithium-ion battery in place of the air-cooled nickel-metal hydride and an onboard charging system allows for plug-in capability. An 3.0-litre gas V6 is aided by an electric that is nearly twice as as the outgoing model.

Combined, the combo creates 416 horsepower (just 4 hp shy of the new gas Panamera S) and 435 pound-feet of torque, to the Porsche’s rear wheels via an Tiptronic S automatic gearbox.

Before we get to the Panamera hybrid’s performance numbers, please in mind that the Porsche is a luxury sedan, with class seating for four and the to ferry their active trappings in its cavernous rear area. Yet this hybrid can get from rest to 100 kilometres an in just 5.5 seconds (only 0.4 behind the gas Panamera S). Arguably remarkable, the S E-Hybrid scores a 3.1 km fuel economy estimate on the driving cycle — a huge over the outgoing Panamera 7.1 L/100 km figure.

The big reason why the plug-in can do so is its new-found electric where it sips no fossil at all. Where the old Panamera S claimed just 2.0 km of electric the new plug-in can boast as much as 36. Of we’ve all been hoodwinked in the by range claims from vehicle makers, so to test the new S E-Hybrid, my driving partner and I a route mapped out by Porsche in the Bavarian Alps, just of Munich, and the results should Porsche EV cynics quiet.

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid

According to the Porsche’s onboard computer, we drove 87.1 km a variety of rural, city and roads, and averaged a speed of 62 We started out using electric only, and surprisingly, able to the manufacturer’s range claim — a for yours truly —by driving km before we depleted the battery and the kicked in. And because the Panamera S can be driven up to 135 km/h in electric-only some of those klicks driven at over 100 km/h on the

After driving another km burning fossil fuel, the battery was sufficiently recharged for us to stop using the gas engine and the remaining 7.0 km of the route using alone. In the end, we averaged 5.8 km.

Despite the Toyota Prius-like economy, the plug-in hybrid drives with the same and panache as the 2014 gas Panamera S at 8.8 L/100 km, by the way) I drove the day Porsche says the S E-Hybrid’s was tuned to deliver higher of low-speed comfort. Bigger mounts at the front of the car make it rigid, the adaptive shocks and air have been retuned as The result is a supremely refined and car when driven in ether or gas mode.

The only downside is the weight the EV hardware adds to the S curb weight: at 2,095 it’s the heaviest model in the new lineup, including the top-line Turbo Executive.

From a marketing standpoint, the the 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid is available in rear-wheel-drive may hurt in Canada, where traditionally, the Panamera 4 models are the most As well, Porsche may be missing an to offer the plug-in in the stretched body style. What rich folk wouldn’t to be seen being chauffeured in a zero-emissions Porsche?

Regardless, should not have any problem its goal of doubling the sales of the Panamera hybrid, which at around 5% of the lineup. As mainstream like Nissan with its and Chevrolet with its Volt through sluggish sales, buyers seem to be the only willing to take a chance on cars these days. And rivals like Audi, BMW and also working on plug-in hybrid versions of their luxury cars like the S E-Hybrid may be more the norm the exception in the future.

Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid
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