Hybrid Drive For New Porsche Panamera

Porsche has announced it will be building a hybrid drive version of the new Panamera. This four-door Gran Turismo will share the proven components already previewed in the Cayenne Hybrid prototype, which will enter the market at the end of the decade. In the Cayenne, this newly-developed full parallel hybrid drive system will offer average fuel economy of over 31mpg.

The Porsche Panamera will be the first four-door sports model to feature particularly fuel-efficient full parallel hybrid technology. At the same time, the Panamera will also benefit from the experience gained by the development of the Porsche Cayenne with hybrid drive.

The full parallel hybrid system will consist primarily of the battery unit positioned in the luggage compartment, the power electronics, and the hybrid module between the engine and transmission comprising an additional clutch and the electric motor. Depending on driving conditions, the hybrid module is able to disengage either the combustion engine or the electric motor, or to combine both drive systems as one joint power unit. Thus the Panamera may be driven in a number of different modes ranging from all-electric drive absolutely free of emissions all the way to the sporting style of motoring so typical of a Porsche.

The Panamera will be the fourth Porsche model series, and although it will be able to seat four adults, it will do so within a wide, low and sporting body.

Porsche says that the new Panamera Gran Turismo will be making its world debut in 2009 and will be introduced initially with proven drive concepts, and the hybrid version will follow later, “depending on market requirements”.