• Jul 30th 2010 at 6:01PM
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Buried within Porsche's recent announcement regarding its plans to test three electric Boxsters, the company openly confirmed that the launch of the Panamera S Hybrid is on track for 2011. Though perhaps not as innovative or as those racy electric vehicles, the Panamera S Hybrid still hails from Stuttgart and, therefore, is bound to be one exhilarating ride.

The upcoming Panamera will borrow the hybrid hardware found in the current Cayenne S Hybrid. That means it will sport a 329-horsepower 3.0-liter V6 engine mated to a 46 hp electric motor. Like the Cayenne S Hybrid, the Panamera's parallel hybrid setup boasts the ability to operate at low speeds under electric power alone. When the production Panamera S Hybrid takes to the streets in 2011, it will become the company's second model to sport a hybrid powertrain, a remarkable achievement considering that few people associate Porsche with fuel efficiency. Follow the jump for more info on Porsche's fuel-saving plans.

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Porsche Develops Research Cars with Electric Drive

Stuttgart. Electric drive will take on an increasingly important role in the further enhancement of Porsche Intelligent Performance. To combine greater efficiency with even lower fuel consumption and emissions, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, is working consistently not only on the ongoing development of hybrid concepts already in regular production, but also on practical tests as part of the Stuttgart Model Region for Electromobility, using three research cars with all-electric drive based on the Porsche Boxster.

In the test process, these three electric Boxsters are to provide an initial first important insight into new electric drive components and battery systems for all-electric vehicle drive. This field test intended to also provide further findings on the infrastructure required for electromobility, user behaviour and the demands made of future products, is to start in early 2011.

Michael Macht, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche AG, sees this contribution made by Porsche as absolutely essential: "We will definitely be offering an electric sports car in future. But such a concept only makes sense if it offers product qualities typical of a Porsche."

Porsche has been committed to electric mobility for a long time, thus helping to preserve the environment and save resources in our world: The spectacular concept study of the 918 Spyder high-performance mid-engined sports car with plug-in hybrid combines high-tech breakthroughs in engine technology and electromobility with a truly fascinating range of further qualities. Emissions otherwise to be found only on a super-mini of just 70 g/km CO2 with three litres fuel consumption for 100 kilometres in the NEDC (equal to 94.1 mpg imp), come with the performance of a super sportscar developing well over 600 horsepower.

The hybrid system of the 911 GT3 R Hybrid has been developed especially for racing, with two 60 kW (82 hp) electric motors on the front axle boosting the 480 hp six-cylinder power unit fitted at the rear. Replacing conventional batteries there is an electrical flywheel power storage system re-charged whenever the driver applies the brakes and thus delivering energy to the electric motors. The 911 GT3 R Hybrid has already proven its racing qualities in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring.

Introducing the Cayenne S Hybrid, Porsche also offers the first production car in the range able to run under electric power alone. With maximum output of 380 hp, the Cayenne S Hybrid makes do in the NEDC cycle with just 8.2 ltr/100 km (equal to 34.5 mpg imp), and CO2 emissions reduced to a mere 193 g/km. This hybrid technology will also be featured in the future Panamera S Hybrid due to enter the market next year.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      This car tho most capable is repugnant and look at those ridiculous new
      wheels, they're so ugly you'd want them caked black with brake dust
      asap or just paint them black at the factory! Good taste aesthetics
      and decision-makingare really on a steep downhill slope at Porsche.Tho
      they're fine cars they used to just BORE me but all iterations of the
      Panamera are repulsive to me
      • 5 Years Ago
      The big question is: When will they make a Turbo Diesel version of it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      never in my life would i ever have thought of porsche and hybrid in the same sentence! it will take a couple years to grasp the whole idea of this!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ SimpleCar

        In order to keep making the 911 as great as it is, they need to improve their overall MPG per the CAFE regulations. Look at is as a way to keep the 911 a 911. Just curious, were you also part of the crowd that screamed blasphemy when the 911 went watercooled?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Trust me, it'll never really sink in. Its like companies forget what they do best all in the name of profit. And Autobloggers, you can spare me the speech on "the automakers are in this business to make profit." To some extent you are right, but you can't forget what got you there in the first place.

        Automakers sometimes dilute the brand too much. Heres sort of a different example. When I was a teen I worked at Mcdonalds. C'mon get the laughs out. Well anyway, I walked up to my manager and asked him why do we have so much stuff on the menu? We even had hot wings...AT MCDONALDS!! I suggested we go back to a simple burger, nuggets, fries only menu with choice of soft drink and apple pie for dessert. He looked at me and laughed(the greedy bastard). That same McD closed down 3 years later because of bad management. If he would only listened to me sooner.

        Point is automakers need to focus on the what their good at and stop trying to please everyone including the "green" crowd. And yes I'm looking at you Ferrari with your "theme park".
      • 5 Years Ago
      329hp 3.0 V6? Really?? Typo?
      • 5 Years Ago
      this is actually great for porsche. sure the enthusiasts will start a riot with torches and pitchforks... again... but living the the San Francisco bay area im bound to see tons of these things on the road. the reason its great is because i gives porsche that green image while at the same time showing that a hybrid can be sporty.. *cough* CRZ *cough* failure *cough*

      so kudos porsche.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Considering the fact that the Panamera is already one of the fastest 4 door sedans on the market, the hybrid version should completely blow the pants off of everything else in the segment. It will be interesting to see what the Top Gear guys say if they get a hold of one...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually bep, you are right. It is different in the flesh. In photos it is a g*%damn f*&$ing abomination, whereas in the flesh it is just f%^*ing ugly.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wouldn't argue the fact that the Panamera isn't the most beautiful car in the world. But for some odd reason I really like it. Had a chance to sit in one and the interior is beyond reproach.
      I don't find the idea of a hybrid all that offensive for a Porsche. After all they have the GT3 hybrid racecar that looks to be quite awesome.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I wouldn't spit on a RSR either but if Porsche or any other car maker can successfully race a hybrid it would give this technology some street cred. If hybrid tech can combine performance with some fuel efficiency I am all for it. I would love to see however what this car will cost. If the cost came close to that of the V8 I would probably go for that one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll take the standard GT3 RSR, thanks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Times they are a changing.
      Have a feeling this is for both research offset and some weird government regulation somewhere in some country (US anyone?). Overall I am pretty happy about this move. Just means one more player staying in the game of Hybrids where maybe the cost of newer ones will start to go down enough that other automakers will start to sell them at the same cost as their normal counterparts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was planning on getting a V6 model. Now I will wait for the hybrid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Lipstick on a pig.
      • 5 Years Ago
      More blasphemy from Porsche.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Simplecar

        We could take that one further and say Porsche is best known for the beastly 4 and 6 cylinder AIR-cooled engines.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And now they can be known for creating one of the first sporty luxury hybrids on the market, and a great one at that.

        What exactly do you have against this idea? Have you ever driven a hybrid tuned to not be an econobox?
        • 5 Years Ago
        sweet, awesome blasphemy.
        • 5 Years Ago

        That may be, however, Porsche is known for the 911 and its beastly 4 and 6 cyl engines.
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