The Panamera S Hybrid marks the beginning
of a new chapter of Porsche Intelligent Performance, as well as
continuing the success story of the four door Gran Turismo. Without
sacrificing its sporting driving dynamics and elegant travel for four
passengers, the new Panamera S Hybrid combines a total power output of
380 hp (279 kW) with CO2 emissions of just 159 g/km,
achieving a performance ratio of 2.39 hp per g/ CO2 that is
unbeaten in the UK car market.
addition to offering 0-62mph in 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 168 mph,
the Panamera S Hybrid returns fuel economy of 41.5mpg Combined. These
statistics position the Panamera S Hybrid as offering impressive levels
of efficiency, achieved through a combination of clever engineering
solutions under the skin and the use of lower rolling resistance tyres
specially-developed by Michelin.
The range in purely electric mode is
approximately 1.25 miles, with driving in this mode possible up to 53
mph, depending on the road and traffic conditions. The Porsche hybrid
drive is also the only system in the world able to exploit additional
consumption reserves thanks to its so-called ‘sailing’ function. During
phases when no power is required from the combustion engine, ‘sailing’
entails switching off the engine and disengaging the drivetrain at
speeds of up to 103 mph (Cayenne S Hybrid 97 mph).
The Panamera S Hybrid is driven by the
same engine combination that has already proved itself in the Cayenne S
Hybrid, a model which already accounts for a fifth of Cayenne sales in
the UK. The main propulsion is provided by a supercharged three-litre V6
engine delivering 333 hp (245 kW) supported by a 47 hp (34 kW) electric
motor. Both power units are capable of powering the Panamera S Hybrid
either alone or in combination. The electric motor also operates as a
generator and a starter. Together with the separating clutch, it forms
the compact hybrid module located between the combustion engine and the
The electric motor is connected to a
nickel metal hydride (NiMh) battery where the electrical energy
recovered while braking and driving is stored. Power transmission is
handled by the familiar eight-speed Tiptronic S, with a wide spread of
ratios, as already fitted to the Cayenne.
Every Panamera has a high level of
standard specification that includes leather interior, Porsche Active
Suspension Management (PASM), Bi-Xenon headlights, front and rear
ParkAssist, tyre pressure monitoring, automatic dimming rear view
mirrors, Porsche Communication Management with touch-screen satellite
navigation and audio controls, cruise control and a three year warranty.
The Panamera S Hybrid also features adaptive air suspension as standard,
plus the innovative display panel - already seen in the Cayenne Hybrid -
that provides the driver with all the relevant information about the
vehicle’s specific hybrid driving status.
With the introduction of the new
hybrid, the Panamera range now comprises six different models with a
choice of two- and four-wheel drive and four engines. This diversity
echoes the evolving preferences of Porsche customers, and which the
sales success of the Panamera is already confirming. Approximately 15
months after sales started, nearly 30,000 vehicles have been delivered
worldwide, of which over 1,000 have been in the UK.
The Panamera S Hybrid goes on sale in
the UK in June 2011, priced from £86,146. The low emissions of 159 g/km
CO2 is of particular relevance to fleet and company car
buyers as it sits under the Company Write Down Allowance threshold of
160g/km. This means for a company purchase, the price can be offset
against tax at the rate of 20% per annum.
Fitted to every Panamera is a Porsche
Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), a sophisticated vehicle security package
approved to Thatcham Category 5 standard, and customers will also be
able to explore the potential of their new car by participating in a
complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.