The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid has CO2 emissions of just 159 g/km together with 41.5 mpg combined fuel economy – highly impressive figures for a 380 hp car.
This results in a ratio of 2.39 hp per g/CO2 that Porsche says is unbeaten in the UK car market. The Panamera S Hybrid can also achieve 0-62mph in 6.0 seconds and a top speed of 168 mph.
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 ‘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 (or 97 mph in the case of the Cayenne S Hybrid).
The Panamera S Hybrid has the same powertrain as 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 eight-speed Tiptronic S, as already fitted to the Cayenne.
Every Panamera has a 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 display panel – as in the Cayenne Hybrid – that provides the driver with information about the vehicle’s specific hybrid driving status.
It comes with lower rolling resistance tyres specially-developed by Michelin.
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.
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 160 g/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.