• Mar 1, 2011
Porsche Panamera S Hybrid – Click above for high-res image gallery

At last year's Geneva Motor Show, Porsche stole the show with the unveiling of the 918 Spyder. For 2011, Porsche has taken the wraps off another gas-electric hybrid in Switzerland, but in a decidedly less sexy shape.

The 2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid is just the latest alt-powered vehicle from Porsche, joining the Cayenne Hybrid and the aforementioned 918 that's expected to hit the market late next year. Power is supplied by VAG's supercharged 3.0-liter V6 putting out 333 horsepower, with another 47 ponies delivered via an electric motor. Equipped with the eight-speed automatic gearbox, Porsche claims a 0-60 mph run of six seconds flat with a top speed of 168 mph, all while returning an average of around 34 mpg.

The Panamera Hybrid will be hitting U.S. shores later this year with a price tag of $95,000, and you get can all the pertinent details in the press blast after the break.

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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
      A vag supercharger? That's new. haha. Who cares about getting 34mpg(highway). If you can afford a $90,000 Panamera then I think your last concern is mileage. Although I could see it becoming an annoyance on long journeys. But I doubt too many people use this car for road trips.
        • 3 Years Ago
        MPG isn't just about saving money. Porsche has always gotten pretty good mileage, probably more by accident (from attention to efficiency) than anything, but this Panamera is probably designed to fend off Fisker and its ilk. Sports and luxury cars are increasingly going to be hybrids, and its nice to see Porsche using their engineering skills to advance that, now if only they could get some of the 918's designers to take another crack and the Panamera's rear end...
      • 3 Years Ago
      This isn't going to get 34mpg combined on a US EPA cycle. Not with those figures. You're looking at more like 28mpg.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That sounds about right. The cayenne hybrid (which uses the same drivetrain) weighs about 15% more, and thats rated at 21 mpg.
        • 3 Years Ago
        And another hybrid appears. It'd be nice to own one with gas prices the way they are getting. Try Fuel Manager on HtTp://bIt.Ly/cwi2Ul
      • 3 Years Ago
      People who don't understand why this car exists haven't been paying attention to the changes in CAFE standards.
      • 3 Years Ago
      3.6 liter V6 with twin 80hp electric motors would have been way better. Kinda like the 918 Spyder and 911 GTS Hybrid (I think)
      Jarrod sanders
      • 3 Years Ago
      For those of you out there not familiar with what it would take to create and manufacture and engine just for the Porsche... Well you wouldnt be getting a hybrid if it wasnt for VW/Audi. The Engine actually is Audi Sourced, but since the VW was the first to Apply it before Audi, the article used the VW for a reference.
      Because of CAFE standards, Automakers who dont adhere will suffer great fines and or penalties for not conforming, so they are using different technologies to make that happen. Because VW owns Porsche and Audi, and Bentley amongs others, it was far easier to source an engine that is already produced than to create another for one vehicle.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Over priced and over rated. I look forward to seeing it on a drag strip where I can embarrass the owner and beat him or her by about 3 seconds with my Ford. My friends can do the same with their Chevies. Too bad Porsche owners rarely show up for such beatdowns.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hybrids aren't new. What's new is a Porsche that's a true 4-seater. And we didn't get a picture of the rear seat, which will be the real reason people buy this instead of a 911. Bill
      • 3 Years Ago
      4 door family type hybrid Porche... hmm.. I personally don't get why this needs to be a Porche but there must be a market.
        • 3 Years Ago

        It is also an Audi engine...

        having said that.... Porsche deserves better than a VW Group sourced engine.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed. This is the VW Touareg hybrid drivetrain (verbatim) in a 4-door Porsche. A ridiculous combination if you ask me.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I would have wondered the same thing, but after living in Memphis for two years I see the market. The wealthier folks in the suburbs of the city seemed to care a TON about what brand of car they drove, even their daily drivers. I saw Porsches like I see BMWs in other cities. Moms, families, all kinds of people in Panameras and Cayennes.

        It makes me miss that part of the city. Where I live now in the suburbs of Atlanta, it's all beige. Camry land.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm pretty sure Audi developed this whole drivetrain... (it has a quattro awd system) That engine is excellent, but my biggest gripe is the steering feel loss from switching to electronic assist: It makes it completely numb. (on the cayenne hybrid)

        I can appreciate the need for fuel efficient technologies, but when it starts sacraficing the brand's core values, then it makes you wonder what the true cost is...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Those headlights make it look corvette(ish). Speaking of corvettes, I wonder how it would do against a corvette zr1! HEHEHE. Sorry porche fans, I had to say that.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DJGARY. Read my comment. Then, when you're done, try to understand what you just read. The corvette zr1 is #1. Get it?
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