• Feb 14th 2011 at 9:55AM
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Last Friday, German automaker Porsche revealed that it will debut "a parallel full hybrid model" at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show on March 1st. Inside Line reports that the Panamera Hybrid is, almost without a doubt, the vehicle that Porsche's official announcement is referring to. We tend to agree.

The U.S. launch of the Panamera S Hybrid is reportedly on track for late 2011. The gas-electric Panamera, which is expected to be sold as a 2012 model, borrows its hybrid hardware from the gas-electric version of the Cayenne S. The Panamera Hybrid is expected to crank out a total of 380 horsepower and, according to Porsche, is the only vehicle in its class that's able to operate at low speeds under electric power alone.

Porsche is mum on pricing for the Panamera S Hybrid, but we'd expect the gas-electric version to command a premium over the standard Panamera S, which has an MSRP of $89,800. See Porsche's official announcement after the break.

[Source: Inside Line, Porsche]
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Porsche: Hybrid world premiere and numerous European premieres

Stuttgart. Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart is putting the spotlight of its presence at the 81st Geneva Motor Show on the world premiere of a parallel full hybrid model. In the wake of the success of the Cayenne S Hybrid it signals a new chapter in the Zuffenhausen company's "Porsche Intelligent Performance" philosophy. The new hybrid model is being unveiled on 1st March 2011 at the press conference to be held on the Porsche stand in Hall 1, stand number 1050, starting at 7:30 a.m.

The world premiere in Geneva is being complemented by the 918 RSR hybrid racing car concept, making its first public appearance in front of a European audience. The mid-engine coupé combines the design of the 918 Spyder with the technology of the 911 GT3 R hybrid racing car. Porsche is also showcasing the especially sporty 330 hp (243 kW) Cayman R in Europe for the first time. Limited special editions of the 911 and Boxster model lines are two especially tasty morsels rounding off the appearance in Geneva. Porsche is producing the 911 Black Edition, limited to 1,911 units, based on the 345 hp (254 kW) 911 Carrera. The Boxster S Black Edition, which with its 320 hp (235 kW) packs ten hp (7 kW) more power than the Boxster S, is limited to 987 units.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      At this price, this could be the no1 competitor to the Fisker EREV, even if it cannot manage 30-50 miles of EV-only range. For my money, the Panamera looks better and is a good excuse for a family car.
        • 8 Months Ago
        I must point out that this hybrid is not a plug-in design - though that could change. The result is the Fisker will still use less gas for driving.
        • 8 Months Ago
        As a huge supporter of the Fisker (so much so I invested in the company that co-founded them), I agree that a Porsche Hybrid sedan would be a serious competitor.

        I see the Panamera pretty regularly, and I've grown to enjoy it's style.

        If only Fisker had gotten the Karma out last year...
        • 8 Months Ago
        I guess that looks are in the eye of the beholder, because I like the Fisker Karma, but I do not care for the Panamera. All said and done though, both vehicles are intended for somewhat different markets, so I do not expect too much overlap in the consumer base.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Another Power Hybrid of no interest for me, just like the Cayenne Hybrid.
      Look at the eTRON concepts in same group. A lot more appealing for your priceband than making another 1st Gen / Power Hybrid like this, that nobody needs.
      • 8 Months Ago
      This may actually sell well, because the Panamera V6 allready sells at a price close to $90k. There is no reason why they can't offer a hybrid at the same price and sell a boatload of them.
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