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The Porsche Panamera now comes with added V6 hybrid-ness

New 4 E-Hybrid and 4S E-Hybrid join the line-up. That’ll be £90k/£102k, please

Published: 19 Feb 2024

Two more plug-in hybrid versions of the new Porsche Panamera have been added to the configurator, priced at £90,200 and £102,100 apiece. Get ready for some dense nomenclature.

Both the Panamera 4 E-Hybrid and the Panamera 4S E-Hybrid make use of a ‘significantly revamped’ 2.9-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol and a ‘completely new’ electric motor to offer more power, more pin-your-head-back acceleration and of course, more range.

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The Panamera 4 E-Hy- forget it, the former twins those elements for 464bhp and 474lb ft, with 0-62mph taking 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 174mph.

Meanwhile the latter is good for 536bhp and 553lb ft, bringing the 0-62mph sprint down to 3.7s and the Vmax - ‘where permitted’, Porsche hastens to add - up to 180mph.

Both cars get a 25.9kWh battery (45 per cent more e-juice than could be squeezed from the old one) for up to 59 miles of electric-only range. An 11kW on-board charger brings top-up times down to two hours and 29 minutes.

Remember the Panamera was launched with a 4.0-litre V8-engined Turbo E-Hybrid capable of 671bhp, and a Turbo S E-Hybrid is still to come with even more power than that. Jeepers.

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Porsche puts its PHEV gains down to a beefier motor that’s been bolted into the Panamera in a more efficient and weight-friendly way, with the rotor’s mass inertia tumbling by 50 per cent. That has knock-on benefits for throttle response too, says the company. 118bhp of regen means more electrons recycled under braking as well.

There are four driving modes - E-Power, Hybrid Auto, E-Hold and E-Charge - plus Sport and Sport Plus settings, all of which do what’s said on the tin.

Porsche’s adaptive two-chamber air suspension is standard, as is active suspension management that uses two-valve dampers to keep the Panamera’s body level at all times. Wouldn’t want to spill that morning latte, now.

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The Panamera 4 E-Hy- the 4E-H rides on 19s and comes with black brake calipers, although the 4SE-H gets 20s with red brakes (acid green is also an option) and silver sport tailpipes. The brakes get an upgrade too, morphing into ten-piston units at the front; carbon ceramics are an option (440mm up front, 410mm out back), shod with 21s.

The new plug-ins are on sale now and the first deliveries are expected in the second quarter of 2024. You’ll be holding out for the Turbo S though, right?

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