Porsche celebrated the world premiere of the 2014 Panamera April 22 at Auto Shanghai.
As expected, the centerpiece of the show for Porsche is the appearance of the new Panamera S E-Hybrid, the first plug-in hybrid offering from the German automaker.
Also making their debut are two luxurious Executive versions for the Panamera 4S and Panamera Turbo, which feature an extended wheelbase and a completely new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine.
With this launch, the Panamera line-up now increases to nine individual models that offer an extended range between sportiness and comfort.
“The Porsche Panamera and China – that is a very special success story,” said Matthias Müller, president and CEO of Porsche AG. “Exactly four years ago, we introduced the first Panamera to a world audience here in Shanghai – and very intentionally here. Because it was clear to us that our Gran Turismo would be precisely the right model for this future market. And we were not mistaken. In 2012, one out of three Panamera cars were delivered to China.”
Since then, China has gained in importance and become the second largest Porsche market in the world, behind the United States.
The new Panamera S E-Hybrid improves upon the concept offered by the previous Panamera S Hybrid with a more powerful electric motor, a higher-performance battery that supplies more energy and is able be recharged from home or public vehicle charging stations.
The electric drive produces 95 horsepower, more than double the power of the previous model’s electric motor (47 horsepower). Electricity is stored in a newly developed lithium-ion battery, which at 9.4 kilowatt-hour has increased capacity over the previous battery (1.7 kilowatt-hour).
Via the integrated on-board charging components and the standard Porsche Universal Charger (AC), the battery can reach full charge within approximately two and a half hours when connected to a 240V power source.
The Panamera S E-hybrid is capable of accelerating from a standstill to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds on its way to a top track speed of 167 mph.
The Panamera S E-Hybrid will carry an MSRP of $99,000. The new generation of Panamera models will be launched in the U.S. and Canada in the fall.