• Feb 16, 2011
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Porsche has just announced that the it is expanding its hybrid fleet with the addition of the Panamera S Hybrid. Set to debut at next month's Geneva Motor Show, the big sedan will come to the party packing a combined 380 horsepower, a figure Porsche says is good enough to get the machine to 62 mph in six seconds flat en route to a top speed of 168 mph. A total of 333 of those ponies are derived from the company's supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine, while the remaining 47 horsepower will be served up by an electric motor. An eight-speed automatic gearbox handles shifting detail, and Porsche says that the Panamera S Hybrid can be powered by either the internal combustion lump or the electric motor or by both in tandem.

Power for the electric mill is stored in a traditional nickel-metal hydride battery, and a regenerative braking system recharges the cells during deceleration. All told, Porsche says the system is good for 41.5 mpg combined on the UK cycle, which works out to around 34.5 mpg here in the good ol' U.S. of A. depending on how you carry the one.

With the introduction of the Panamera S Hybrid, Porsche now offers a total of six variants of its sedan. The latest to join the flock will carry a price tag of £86,146 in the UK (around $138k USD, but that includes Britain's massive Value Added Tax), and so far the company hasn't said whether or not the U.S. can expect to get its hands on the car. Still, we'd be surprised if the new hybrid Panamera didn't make its way across The Pond at some point in the near future given America's penchant for gas-electrics. Hit the jump for the full press release.

*UPDATE: Porsche has announced that the Panamera S Hybrid will be headed to the U.S. and that when it arrives, it will wear a price tag of $95,000 excluding destination. Look to see the new model on our shores later this year. Check out the new press release after the jump.

[Source: Porsche]
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Porsche Expands its Hybrid Lineup with the Panamera S Hybrid Premium Four-Door Sports Sedan

The Panamera S Hybrid is the most fuel efficient Porsche of all time

ATLANTA – February 16, 2011 --- Debuting later this year, Porsche will unveil its second production hybrid model, the Panamera S Hybrid, adding another chapter to its Porsche Intelligent Performance development philosophy. Without sacrificing sportiness or elegance, this new Panamera model produces 380 horsepower with fuel consumption of only 6.8 L/100 km on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

The Panamera S Hybrid is the most fuel efficient Porsche of all time. Optional low-rolling-resistance tires developed especially for the Panamera help this hybrid performance sedan deliver its impressive NEDC fuel economy figure. But even with standard performance tires, the Panamera S Hybrid's fuel consumption is a low 7.1 L/100 km. Official EPA fuel economy estimates will be available closer to the car's on-sale date.

The Panamera S Hybrid sets new standards in terms of Porsche performance as well as hybrid efficiencies. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.7 seconds and has a top track speed of 167 mph (270 km/h). Its range in purely electric mode is approximately one mile, with electric-only acceleration possible up to just over 50 mph (85 km/h).

The Porsche parallel full hybrid system also reduces consumption at high speeds thanks to its 'sailing' or coasting mode. When the driver lifts off the accelerator at normal highway cruising speeds, the gasoline engine is completely switched off and disengaged from the drivetrain by a decoupling clutch. This eliminates the combustion engine's drag forces and braking effect in the interest of lower resistance, fuel consumption and emissions. As soon as the driver presses the accelerator, to pass another vehicle for example, the gasoline engine smoothly starts within fractions of a second and engine rpms are increased to match the current vehicle speed. It does this seamlessly thanks to the Hybrid Manager, which also helps the Panamera S Hybrid accelerate dynamically in gears at higher speeds much like a conventional Panamera.

The same gasoline engine/electric motor combination that has already proven itself in the Cayenne S Hybrid drives the Panamera S Hybrid. A 3.0-liter supercharged V6 engine delivering 333 horsepower is supported by a 47-horsepower (34 kW) electric motor. Depending on driving conditions, either drive unit can operate independently or together to drive the rear wheels. The electric motor, which also serves as the car's generator and starter, combines with the decoupling clutch to form the compact hybrid module located between the combustion engine and the transmission. The electric motor is connected to a nickel metal hydride (NiMh) battery that stores electric energy recovered from braking and other driving situations. The transmission is the same eight-speed Tiptronic S fitted in the Cayenne models, with a wide range of gear ratios.

The Panamera S Hybrid has an even higher level of standard equipment than the V8 Panamera S. Adaptive Air Suspension with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) adaptive shock absorber system, Servotronic® variable-assist power steering and a rear wiper have been added to the list of standard equipment. Other standard features include Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with navigation, the universal audio interface to connect an external audio source such as an iPod or a USB stick to the PCM system, and Bi-Xenon™ headlights. Inside, this new model also features an innovative display that provides the driver with relevant information about the status of the vehicle's hybrid drive systems.

With the launch of the new hybrid variant, the Panamera model line now consists of six different models. The new offering underlines the strategic importance of the Porsche Intelligent Performance philosophy, with a combination of sportiness and economy unique in its segment. As such, it builds on the Panamera sedan's considerable success, with not quite 30,000 vehicles delivered worldwide since it went on sale in late 2009.

The Panamera S Hybrid will go on sale in the United States later in 2011 at a base suggested retail price of $95,000 (excluding destination).

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Decent numbers, but still fuglier than ever.
      • 3 Years Ago
      NiMH???? Even the Sonata hybrid uses li-ion at this point, what gives? Li-ion = lighter weight/more power - sounds about right for a Porsche. I guess this is just a carry-over from the Cayenne.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ahh...that explains it. P didn't want to develop a Li-ion system.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Porsche Really should use a lithium-ion hybrid system mated with the regular 3.6 liter V6 rather than the wimpy 3.0 turbo.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The brand dilution continues.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ TigerMil

        Li-Ion batteries are way more expensive than NiMh.
        • 3 Years Ago
        the stupid Panamera bashing continues
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's been pretty clear that the Panamera exists solely to finance development of proper Porsches. Now, with a hybrid, it also exists to lower the CAFE, which allows for wilder proper Porsches.

        To be honest, since the Cayenne was introduced, there have been an increasing number of crazy Porsches like Carrera GTs and 911 GT2s and whatnot. Getting those is more important to the brand integrity than selling some four doors to orange ladies.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Pan is every bit a Porsche - as my 997tt - my 3rd one, and my 8th 911. These "purest types" are clowns that don't understand the DNA... Ever hear of 914 - or a 944, or a 928. All excellent renditions of the brand - still ripping it up at the track as club cars. My Pan is a down the road fast touring car - better than any 7 BMW or 5 MBZ (had them both), no comparison. If the "purists" had their way - we would have the VW Beetle as our world class sports machine...

        Open your minds if you have them...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ TigerMil , the hybrid is for people who want a green image and those people don't really know and care about what type of battery the car has, they only want the "hybrid" badge on their car.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Porsche is competing against the Fisker's Model "Karma" ..I'd just like to have theregular 6 cyl
      I saw one come up behind me. I was near a Porsche Agency so Ithink it was a test drive. and then It was gone.
      I was in a for pick-up and was surprised at the size of the Porsche. It was big. and looks 100% better than in photos
      Not fussy beautiful but handsome.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Upscale hybrids like this don't make a lot sense to me. If you can afford a car well in excess of $100k then fuel costs aren't likely a concern, and if you're against burning fossil fuels, shouldn't you be queuing up a Tesla S or something? It feels more like a technology exercise to me, having practical application for racing and that's about it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        For the most part it exists solely to boost Porsche's CAFE ratings.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Cars like this are like having your cake and eating it too. You get the performance and luxury, but you also get to feel like you're helping to save the environment.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Unlike the Tesla S, you will actually be able to buy this car regardless of where you live. It is the only option for high performance luxury hybrid.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's about Risk Management.
        Looking at China's growth, and the coming extra 2 Billion people on the planet, being able to drive a car in electric only mode, or in an econ mode is a very attractive feature.

        It's about a possible fuel squeeze and being able to still drive.
      • 3 Years Ago
      On the Porsche USA site it says it will cost $95,000 and 0-60 will be 5.7 seconds

      • 3 Years Ago
      "The Panamera S Hybrid will go on sale in the United States later in 2011 at a base suggested retail price of $95,000 (excluding destination)."

      The above is official information from a PCNA press release.
      • 3 Years Ago
      is this the first ever supercharged Porsche?
        • 3 Years Ago
        BTW I do realise that it's a powerplant borrowed from Audi.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Technically no. Since the Cayenne hybrid uses the exact same powertrain, this one would be the second.
      • 3 Years Ago
      34 mpg in EU cycle is under 30 mpg in US cycle.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Psst, read the article. It's 41.5 on the UK cycle 34.5 on the US.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ Dondonel_

        You weren't, you misread the article. Besides the consumer magazines like which? and Whatcar do their own road tests with a homogenous route and they find that the deviance from the claimed European figures and the actual fuel consumption is between 15 and 20%. This is fairly uniform accross the market but petrol hybrids like the Prius and I suppose this do tend to suffer more. If we take the higher figure of 20% you're still left with a converted US average of 27.6 mpg which I think would include a highway figure somewhere north of 30mpg.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Article says that it's 41.5 in the UK cycle, which is roughly 34.5 in the US cycle:

        "All told, Porsche says the system is good for 41.5 mpg combined on the UK cycle, which works out to around 34.5 mpg here in the good ol' U.S. of A. depending on how you carry the one."
      • 3 Years Ago
      "£86,146 in the UK (around $138k USD, but that includes Britain's massive Value Added Tax)," - Autoblog

      Yet more sensationalist bollocks courtesy of Autoblog. First off, VAT isn't a British tax, it's an EU tax, and the UK standard rate of 20% is one of the lowest in the Union., Whatsmore, $138K is the amount an American would pay using forex rates if they converted their USD and flew over to buy a UK-spec machine. To accurately gauge the conversion using purchasing power parity, you'd be looking at around $90-100K as the equivalent cost to a Brit.
        • 3 Years Ago
        VAT is most definitely a British tax. How are you portraying it as otherwise? There was VAT long before the EU, before the EC. The VAT rate is set by the British government and the money goes to the British government. The EU just sets broad guidelines for VAT, they don't set the rate or collect the taxes.

        I know what you're trying to say about the prices, but I don't think purchasing power parity is the term you're looking for. It would imply there is a massive imbalance between the UK and US in currency exchange rates. But this isn't the problem here. The problem here is that taxation levels are different, compounding that, in the US car prices are generally quoted without sales tax (VAT equivalent) applied.
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