Want to drive a green car, but aren’t willing to give up the occasional full-throttle run up a canyon road? Need a four door hybrid, but want something with entertainment value? Assume these two goals are mutually exclusive? You remember what happens when you assume, right? Porsche may have just what you’re looking for, since they’ve just announced a hybrid version of their Panamera S sedan. Designed as the ultimate green grand touring car, the Panamera S Hybrid produces a combined 380 horsepower yet returns fuel economy up to 49.89 MPG (based on EU standards) when equipped with low rolling resistance tires. Want the maximum grip, at the expense of a little fuel economy? Wearing standard tires, the Panamera S Hybrid still delivers up to 47.78 MPG.
Acceleration is more than reasonable, with zero to sixty coming up in just under six seconds. Top speed is said to be 168 miles per hour, something you’d be hard pressed to achieve driving any other hybrid I can think of. The engine and motor combination is borrowed from the Cayenne S Hybrid, and consists of a 333 horsepower, 3.0 liter V6 supported by a 47 horsepower electric motor. The Panamera S Hybrid has a limited battery-only range (roughly 1.2 miles), but the electric motor is also used to power the car at highway speeds (up to 103 miles per hour) in “sailing mode”, with the V6 shut off to save fuel.
The car will be debuted at next month’s Geneva Motor Show, with EU sales expected to begin in June. German pricing starts at $143,153, but expect to see a lower cost on U.S. cars if and when Porsche imports the Panamers S Hybrid to this side of the pond.
Source: Porsche AG