The second generation Porsche Panamera introduced at the Shanghai Auto Show has a more robust V6 producing 416 hp and sleeker design — but it’s the hybrid drive that adds nearly another 100 hp and a decent mileage range that is eye-brow raising for a vehicle in the luxury saloon segment.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid has a twin-turbocharged 3.0 litre V6 engine and drivetrain technologies that save up to 56 percent more fuel. The car runs 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds. The V6 bi-turbo replaces the previous 4.8-litre V8 engine in the Panamera S and Panamera 4S. Most Panamera models have a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung PDK dual-clutch transmission, although the eight-speed Tiptronic S automatic is used in the Panamera Diesel and Panamera S E-Hybrid.
The new Panamera’s exterior is refreshed with tighter lines and newly-shaped body elements but the electric drive is more amped as well, with 95 hp, nearly twice the 47 hp available on the previous electric engine. That motor is powered by a new lithium-ion battery, which at 9.4 kWh has over five times the 1.7 kWh energy capacity of the previous nickel metal hydride battery. It charges in 2.5 hours via the integrated on-board charger and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC), and it can be charged in less than 4 hours when connected to a conventional household electrical outlet.
The electric driving range of the Panamera S E-Hybrid is 22 miles although it may vary depending on air conditioning and heating use. A realistic all-electric driving range is around 11-22 miles. The Panamera S E-Hybrid can reach speeds of up to 84 mph. The car’s overall top speed is 168 mph.
The new Porsche Panamera will arrive at dealership in July and prices will be announced closer to that time.
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