Porsche's plug-in hybrid gets every adjective we expect of a successor from Stuttgart: more complex, more efficient, more powerful, and faster. We put the 2015 Panamera S E-Hybrid through its paces in Southern California.
In Porsche math, twice the fuel economy and five times the battery capacity equals twice the sales. At least, that's the German automaker's thinking when it comes to the sales prospects of the Panamera S E-Hybrid plug-in hybrid that will go on sale later this year, Automotive News Europe reports. Porsche is counting on the PHEV to rack up 10,000 sales, which should be equal to about 10 percent of all Panamera sales during the model's life cycle.
As part of a recent event with a number of Panamera S E-Hybrids driven by journalists in Europe, Porsche's new plug-in managed to burn (on average) just 4.4 liters of fuel for each 100 kilometers. That's the equivalent of 53.45 miles per gallon. Porsche says this real-world, 745-mile test, which took place on an 18-mile loop along the Autobahn and through the city of Hockenheim, proves that the official NEDC rating of 3.1 l/km (75.87 mpg) is not some impossible-to-meet-outside-the-lab fuel econo
The entire Porsche Panamera lineup gets a refresh for the 2014 model year, and new additions to the range include two long-wheelbase models and this E-Hybrid fuel-sipper that makes its debut here at the Shanghai Motor Show. And, well, we say "fuel-sipper" lightly.