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18 February 2011

Porsche announces Panamera S Hybrid

Electric/petrol Porker with 380bhp and fewer emissions than a 1.6-litre Focus

Vijay Pattni
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Can 12.9kpl and 159g/km of CO2 emissions ever justify being hated by everybody on your street?

That's essentially the question Porsche is asking with this, the new Panamera S Hybrid.

Utilising the same system currently in the Cayenne, the hybrid Panamera is powered by an electric motor with 47bhp and a supercharged 3.0-litre V6 petrol engine developing 333bhp, mated to an eight-speed tiptronic gearbox. Both engine and motor can be used alone or in conjunction, and Porsche is spoiling you with the Pan's pure electric range: a dizzying 2km.

This motor - connected to a nickel metal hybride battery which siphons back energy under braking - also acts as the generator and starter, and sits between the engine and transmission.

The Panamera also features a ‘sailing' function: when the engine isn't using any power and you're basically coasting down the road, it switches the big Vee off to save fuel at speeds of up to 166kph.

As a result, the Porsche Panamera Hybrid S achieves those figures outlined above, along with a 0-100kph time of six seconds and a top speed of 270kph, which, considering it emits less than a 1.6-litre Ford Focus, is quite astonishing.

The S Hybrid also features adaptive air suspension as standard, and the hybrid display panel as used in the green Cayenne.

Set for a UK launch, prices start from £86,146 GBP.

 

Tags: panamera, porsche, geneva 2011

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