New Panamera e-Hybrid a large Porsche that travels faster, further
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9 September 2016
By DANIEL DeGASPERI
PORSCHE Cars Australia (PCA) has slashed the price of its Panamera 4 e-Hybrid
by $42,700 as it switches to a new, more powerful generation set for public
debut at the Paris motor show this month before landing locally mid next year.
The $242,600 plus on-road costs 4 e-Hybrid will become the most affordable
second-generation Panamera, sitting beneath the $304,200 4S, $312,100 4S Diesel
and $376,900 Turbo all set for a first quarter 2017 local arrival, however
entry petrol and diesel replacements are still to come.
Every metric except charge time and petrol engine power has improved compared
with the outgoing Panamera S e-Hybrid that launched in 2014 as Porsche’s first
plug-in hybrid electric vehicle.
Total system power and torque has been pegged at 340kW and 700Nm respectively,
up from the previous 306kW/590Nm totals.
A new 2.9-litre bi-turbocharged petrol V6 engine contributes 243kW of power and
450Nm, virtually identical to the outgoing 3.0-litre supercharged petrol V6’s
245kW/440Nm. However, a new electric motor produces 100kW and 400Nm – a healthy
step up from the 70kW/310Nm previously.
A seven-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission has replaced the former eight-speed
automatic, and with standard all-wheel drive Porsche has claimed the new
Panamera 4 e-Hybrid will accelerate 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds – 0.6s quicker
than the previous model.
On the efficiency front the new generation can, on a full battery charge, be
driven up to 50km on electricity alone if speed does not exceed 140km/h, versus
the 36km/135km/h limits before.
Official combined cycle fuel consumption is now rated at 2.5 litres per 100
kilometres, down from 3.1L/100km.
Battery size has increased by 50 per cent, from 9.4kWh to 14.1kWh, however
Porsche says new technology has made the larger package of cells lighter than
the previous smaller unit.
A greater number of cells has resulted in longer charging time, however.
Depending on the power outlet the Panamera 4 e-Hybrid can be recharged from 3.6
to 5.8 hours. The previous model took between 2.5 and 3.8 hours.
The latest petrol-electric Porsche also has three unique driver-selectable
modes beyond the standard Hybrid Auto, tagged E-Power, E-Hold and E-Charge, and
respectively prioritising maximum performance, reserving battery power for
later use and utilising the V6 petrol engine to recharge the batteries on the
Separate Sport and Sport Plus modes mirror those on other Panamera grades by
changing settings for the standard air suspension and steering weighting, among
others including using the V6 to ensure enough battery reserve is retained for
the ‘e-boost’ function to be used.
Porsche has drawn parallels between its 918 Spyder hypercar and the new
Panamera 4 e-Hybrid’s electric motor, which is now able to deliver an electric
performance boost at any throttle position; previously it required 80 per cent
of accelerator travel to access the extra surge.
“At Porsche, this new type of ‘E-Performance’ – more power, more driving fun,
lower fuel consumption – is seen as the performance path of the future,” the
Stuttgart brand added in a statement.
“The plug-in hybrid version is the fourth model in the new Porsche Panamera
range … (and) these four models represent a fusion of sports car and passenger
car to form a Gran Turismo concept offering a unique combination of dynamism