2014 Porsche Panamera sports sedan just got longer and a plug-in hybrid


Summer time is nearing, and that means shipments of new 2014 models are preparing to come. Today, Porsche has unveiled its latest 2014 Porsche Panamera for the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show on April 21st. While there are minimum design tweaks elsewhere, the updated model not only has a longer wheelbase but also comes in as plug-in hybrid as well.

From the exterior, the 2014 Porsche Panamera sports sedan gets a revised front fascia featuring full LED headlamps and larger air intakes. But perhaps the most prominent exterior changes are in the rear end. It features a new trunk lid with the glass stretched laterally to provide a more aggressive look.  In addition, a larger automatically deploying spoiler and a tighter transition to the rear lights to complement the front look.

There are a few variations of the 2014 Porsche Panamera sports sedan. First is the Panamera S E-Hybrid model, which is a plug-in hybrid that has similar technology as the 2011 Panamera S Hybrid model. But the new version features a more powerful 95-hp electric motor and battery pack that supplies more energy and is able be recharged from home or public vehicle charging stations. Total power output for the E-Hybrid is about 416 horsepower and 435 pound-feet of torque, and power is shifted via an eight-speed Tiptronic S transmission. With this setup, the Panamera S E-Hybrid model can sprint from 0-60 mph in 5.2 seconds and with a top speed of 167 mph.

According to the company, the Panamera S E-Hybrid model will have an all-electric driving range of 20 miles and will be able to travel at speeds up to 84 miles per hour on electric power alone. The battery pack is said to be recharged in just about 2.5 hours when it is using a 240-volt outlet, but of course, that would require a charging station here in the U.S. In addition, there is an app available for iOS devices to monitor the charging status.

Porsche will also be offering a new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine for the Panamera, which is rated at 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque. In comparison, the new 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine is a bit more powerful (20 hp and 15 lb-ft torque more) than the naturally aspirated V8 engine it replaces. The new turbo-charged V6 engine is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission featuring auto start/stop technology to improve fuel economy.

Most interestingly, Porsche is also introducing longer wheelbase versions for the Panamera 4S and Turbo models, which Porsche called it as the Executive models. It has about 5.9 inches of extra length and come standard with an extensive range of luxurious standard features, including adaptive air suspension and active suspension management system to provide a very smooth ride.

The 2014 Panamera sports sedan will go on sale in the U.S. by the fourth quarter of 2013. Prices ranging from $78,100 for the base model and up as much as $161,100 for the Turbo Executive model, while the new E-Hybrid starts at $99,000,  GTS at $113,400 and Turbo at $141,300.