Porsche unveils a new 2017 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid (Video)
Porsche unveils a new 2017 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid (Video)

Porsche unveils a new 2017 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid (Video)

Hybrids are for more than saving fuel, according to Porsche. To wit, the German automaker’s upcoming 2018 Panamera 4 E-Hybrid boasts 462 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque courtesy of its 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 (330 hp and 331 lb-ft) and electric motor (136 hp and 295 lb-ft).

The press release from Porsche continues: “The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is available to order now, with prices starting at €107,553 (US$122,000) including VAT in Germany…The new Porsche plug-in hybrid always starts in purely electric mode and drives without generating any local emissions within a range of 50 kilometers and a maximum speed of 140 km/h (87 mph). The all-wheel Porsche achieves a top speed of 278 km/h (173 mph)…The four-door hybrid sports car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds. The torque is transferred to all four wheels;the standard three-chamber air suspension delivers an optimum balance between comfort and dynamism.”

The strategy used by the new Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is apparently based on that used by the 918 Spyder — with the Panamera electric motor (100 kW + 400 N·m torque) coming into play as soon as the accelerator is pressed down. Previous Panamera hybrids apparently didn’t utilize the electric drive unless the pedal went more than 80% down.

The new battery-pack is a 14.1 kilowatt-hour (kWh) pack, rather than a 9.4 kWh one, despite weighing the same as the previous one. Charging times are rather slow though, with there being a 5.8 hour charge-time with the 3.6 kW onboard charger (via a 230-V, 10-A connection). There’s an optional 7.2 kW on-board charger available though, which can cut charging times to “just” 3.6 hours.

The 7.2 kW charger really should be standard… In my opinion. Are they not wanting people to use the charger at all?

First deliveries of the new model in the European market are expected in April 2017.



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