Turbo 4dr All-wheel Drive Hatchback
2014 Porsche Panamera

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Engine Engine 4.8LV-8
MPG MPG 15 City / 24 Hwy
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2014 Panamera Overview

Porsche's Performance Plug-in Preamble By the end of this year, Porsche will be producing as many plug-in vehicles (two) as mainstream automakers such as Toyota, Chevrolet and Honda. Before the 2015 918 Spyder hybrid supercar goes on sale in the US, though, it will be warming its customers up to the idea of a plug-in model with the 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid. A step up from the previous Panamera S Hybrid, the new plug-in Panamera adds a more powerful and advanced electric drive system that pledges to deliver the performance expected of a Porsche with the added benefit of improved fuel economy and reduced emissions. Going on sale in November, the Panamera S E-Hybrid is aimed at customers also considering the upcoming plug-in version Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but the car's dimensions and performance could make it a competitor for Tesla Model S customers. We headed to Germany at Porsche's invitation to see how well it performs, as well as check out the full range of newly refreshed Panamera models, which now numbers nine offerings – although we're still waiting for a production version of the gorgeous Sport Turismo wagon concept. There is no irony lost in the fact that automakers are starting to use hybrid powertrains to boost performance, and Porsche is leading the charge with this new plug-in hybrid system. Starting with the same 3.0-liter supercharged V6 as the previous Panamera S Hybrid, the key to the new S E-Hybrid is its 9.4-kWh lithium-ion battery – versus the old car's 1.7-kWh nickel metal hydride battery – that allows the five-door hatchback to travel farther and at higher speeds under all-electric power. The S E-Hybrid produces a combined 416 hp and 435 lb-ft of torque. Officially, Porsche says the S E-Hybrid can go "more than 20 miles" on electricity alone, and we were able to travel 24 miles (under moderate acceleration and with the air conditioning on) before the engine came on. The battery pack's optimal operating conditions have it charge to 95 percent of its full capacity, and then the engine comes to life when the charge drops to 15 percent. The S E-Hybrid's top speed for all-electric driving is quite impressive at 83 miles per hour (overall top speed is 167 mph), but driving at such high speeds will obviously shorten the car's all-electric range substantially. For fans of classic Porsches used to the clattering of flat six-cylinder engines, the near-silent whir of the S E-Hybrid taking off could seem blasphemous, but Porsche has made sure this car doesn't sacrifice performance in its drive to be greener. The Audi-sourced engine alone is good for 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, and paired to the battery and electric motors the S E-Hybrid produces a combined 416 hp and 435 lb-ft. Weighing about 250 pounds more than the old S Hybrid, the 2014 S E-Hybrid is the heaviest of the updated Panamera lineup at a staggering 4,619 pounds, yet it still delivers impressive acceleration with the ability to go from …
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2014 Panamera Overview

Porsche's Performance Plug-in Preamble By the end of this year, Porsche will be producing as many plug-in vehicles (two) as mainstream automakers such as Toyota, Chevrolet and Honda. Before the 2015 918 Spyder hybrid supercar goes on sale in the US, though, it will be warming its customers up to the idea of a plug-in model with the 2014 Panamera S E-Hybrid. A step up from the previous Panamera S Hybrid, the new plug-in Panamera adds a more powerful and advanced electric drive system that pledges to deliver the performance expected of a Porsche with the added benefit of improved fuel economy and reduced emissions. Going on sale in November, the Panamera S E-Hybrid is aimed at customers also considering the upcoming plug-in version Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but the car's dimensions and performance could make it a competitor for Tesla Model S customers. We headed to Germany at Porsche's invitation to see how well it performs, as well as check out the full range of newly refreshed Panamera models, which now numbers nine offerings – although we're still waiting for a production version of the gorgeous Sport Turismo wagon concept. There is no irony lost in the fact that automakers are starting to use hybrid powertrains to boost performance, and Porsche is leading the charge with this new plug-in hybrid system. Starting with the same 3.0-liter supercharged V6 as the previous Panamera S Hybrid, the key to the new S E-Hybrid is its 9.4-kWh lithium-ion battery – versus the old car's 1.7-kWh nickel metal hydride battery – that allows the five-door hatchback to travel farther and at higher speeds under all-electric power. The S E-Hybrid produces a combined 416 hp and 435 lb-ft of torque. Officially, Porsche says the S E-Hybrid can go "more than 20 miles" on electricity alone, and we were able to travel 24 miles (under moderate acceleration and with the air conditioning on) before the engine came on. The battery pack's optimal operating conditions have it charge to 95 percent of its full capacity, and then the engine comes to life when the charge drops to 15 percent. The S E-Hybrid's top speed for all-electric driving is quite impressive at 83 miles per hour (overall top speed is 167 mph), but driving at such high speeds will obviously shorten the car's all-electric range substantially. For fans of classic Porsches used to the clattering of flat six-cylinder engines, the near-silent whir of the S E-Hybrid taking off could seem blasphemous, but Porsche has made sure this car doesn't sacrifice performance in its drive to be greener. The Audi-sourced engine alone is good for 333 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque, and paired to the battery and electric motors the S E-Hybrid produces a combined 416 hp and 435 lb-ft. Weighing about 250 pounds more than the old S Hybrid, the 2014 S E-Hybrid is the heaviest of the updated Panamera lineup at a staggering 4,619 pounds, yet it still delivers impressive acceleration with the ability to go from …Hide Full Review