A couple years back Porsche redefined the sports sedan with their Panamera line. Similarly, the fourth generation of the model will feature an electric hybrid drivetrain capable of generating over 460 hp, a top speed of 172 mph, and a 0-60 time of 4.4 seconds.
The Panamera 4 E-Hybrid is actually patterned after the 887-hp 918 Spyder, as full electric power is accessed as soon as any pressure is placed on the gas pedal. Previously, the electric motors didn’t kick in until the pedal was pushed 80 percent of the way to the floor.
Teaming the twin electric motors with a 2.9-liter V6 330-hp bi-turbo engine produces the impressive power numbers, as well as lower fuel consumption.
The new Porsche plug-in hybrid always starts in purely electric mode and continues as a zero-emission vehicle up to a range of 31 miles or a maximum speed of 86 mph. From there, the gas engine can be accessed by transitioning from E-Power mode to Hybrid Auto mode or the vehicle’s other settings.
In E-Charge mode, the gas engine simultaneously charges the battery and propels the car – the negative here is that fuel consumption and emissions will rise. To experience a more typical power performance, a drive transitions to either Sport or Sport Plus mode.
In Sport mode, the battery charge is always maintained at a minimum level to ensure sufficient e-boost capabilities are available, whereas Sport Plus mode is all about maximum performance and hitting top-end speeds. This mode also recharges the battery as quickly as possible.
Additional features adding to the vehicle’s speed and efficiency is an all-wheel drive system and an electromechanically actuated electric clutch that allows for smoother acceleration through the vehicle’s eight gears.
The vehicle also houses Porsche’s Advanced Cockpit with touch-sensitive panels and individually configurable displays.
The earliest availability for the Panamera 4 E will be late 2017.
This is IEN Now with Jeff Reinke.