Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Is The Strongest in Panamera Line

Porsche is now positioning the new Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid as the flagship in the Panamera line for its power delivery.

The German automaker sees the all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid sports car hitting impressive performance numbers for power and torque. The Volkswagen division says it also emphasizes the “high importance of electromobility to Porsche.”

The world premier will be at the Geneva Motor Show next month. It will be launched in the European market in July 2017.

The Turbo S E-Hybrid can deliver 500 kW/680 horsepower of system power and 627 pounds-feet of torque. It goes from 0 to 100 km/m (62 mph) in 3.4 seconds, and can hit a top speed of 310 km/h (192 mph). The power comes from an electric motor (producing 100 kW/136 horsepower) coupled with a four-liter V8 engine (404 kW/550 horsepower).

It can go up to 50 kilometers (31 miles) on battery only; but that comes from European NEDC standards and would be less in the U.S.

Hitting that power performance mark comes from transferring over some of the technology from the 918 Spyder.

It follows the AWD Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid that had been launched right ahead of the 2016 Paris Motor Show. That plug-in hybrid with its V6 engine combined with an electric motor has total system output of 462 horsepower. It can travel up to up to 50 km (31 miles) in all-electric mode under NEDC standards, with a maximum speed of 140 km/h (87 mph).

Both Panamara models feature a decoupler installed in the hybrid module activated by an electric clutch actuator (ECA), bringing short response times and a high level of comfort while driving it. As is the case in all other second-generation Panamera models, it uses the fast-shifting Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK); that system uses eight gears to transmit power to the standard adaptive AWD system Porsche Traction Management (PTM).

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The electric motor gets its power from a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 14.1 kWh. Within six hours, the high-voltage battery integrated in the rear is fully charged via a 230V connection. Those who buy the optional 7.2 kW onboard charger and a 230-volt connection, instead of the standard 3.6 kW charger, will get their battery fully charged in just 2.4 hours.

Owners can plan their charging using a timer supplied by the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) connectivity feature, or through the Porsche Connect app (for smartphones and Apple Watch).

Those buying the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid can pay more the Executive version, where the wheelbase is extended by 150 millimeters (5.9 inches).


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