At early LCV events it seemed highly unlikely that Porsche would ever be displaying a vehicle, but this year Porsche was an event sponsor and the Panamera S E-Hybrid was available to drive.
We’ve already had a Panamera Hybrid, but now the car can be plugged in to the mains, resulting in being capable of zero emission motoring for up to 22 miles. This translates to an official NEDC economy figure of 91mpg together with 71g/km CO2.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid still has a 3-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine, mated to a 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission, with the powertrain developing a total of 416 hp and delivering a 0-62 mph time of 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 168 mph – with 84 mph possible in all-electric mode. The battery can also be recharged by the engine on the move, as well as by plugging it in.
We drove the Tesla Model S and the Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid back-to-back, and the Panamera is more of a rewarding driver’s car than the Model S, which is more geared towards comfort, but of course the Porsche can’t compete with the zero tailpipe emissions from the Model S (yet the Panamera is similarly priced, at £88,967).
Nevertheless the Panamera S E-Hybrid is a highly impressive machine, allowing you to carry out short urban journeys as an electric car, whilst still enabling you to enjoy a highly rewarding driver’s car in normal operation (when you won’t be returning 91mpg…).
More of the latest low emission vehicles at LCV2013