2012 Porsche Panamera S Hybrid unveiled

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Porsche recently announced that will introduce the Panamera S Hybrid at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show this March. The Panamera S Hybrid is part of Porsche’s long term goal to move all its vehicles into the hybrid era with future plans of all-electric vehicles.

The Panamera S Hybrid sedan will be powered by both a supercharged 3.0-liter engine and an electric motor to produce a total of 380 horsepower. The gasoline engine produces about 333 horsepower while the electric motor produces an additional 47 horsepower. Power is shifted through the rear wheels with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and Porsche claims when both motors are on tapped, the Panamera Hybrid S can accelerate from zero to 62 mph in six seconds with a top speed of 168 mph.

Porsche says that the Panamera S Hybrid can be powered by either the internal combustion engine or the electric motor alone, or by both in at the same time. Porsche didn’t release the info as how far the Panamera S Hybrid can travel on the nickle-metal hydride battery alone, but if you ever find yourself run out of gas, we suspect that it will be good for about 19 miles before the battery pack runs out of juice.

As for fuel economy, Porsche claims that its hybrid system generates about 41.5 mpg combined of both city and highway according to the UK cycle, which is an equivalent of 34.5 mpg in the U.S.

The  Porsche Panamera S Hybrid will go on sale in the UK in June 2011, priced from £86,146, which is about $138k USD. But vehicle prices are much more expensive in the UK than U.S., so we expect it should be a cheaper in the U.S. if it ever arrives here. So far, Porsche hasn’t announced that news yet.

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HYBRID POWER EXTENDS PORSCHE PANAMERA RANGE

Market-leading hybrid performance – 2.4 hp per g/ CO2

Porsche Intelligent Performance delivers an efficient combination of power and economy

New 380 hp model charges from 0-62mph in 6.0 seconds and onto 168mph top speed

On sale June 2011, priced from £86,146

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.

In 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 transmission.

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.

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