Porsche has just unveiled it’s plans to launch the new Panamera 4 e-Hybrid at the Paris Motor Show. This model is meant to showcase how seriously Porsche takes electric cars.
While some may argue that Porsche Panamera already had a hybrid model before, they would also agree that the previous model didn’t exactly take the electric part seriously.
In order to do so, Porsche combined a powerful bi-turbo 2.9 liter V6 engine, with a 14.1 KWH liquid cooled lithium ion battery to produce an output of 243KW and 100KW respectively.
The combined output gives this all wheel drive model, the ability to cross 0-100 in just 4.6 seconds, and then keep going until the top speed of 278 KMPH.
In addition to the power, the car also receives an impressive average of 2.5 l/100 km (113 MPG) on the combined New European Drive Cycle.
It goes without saying that both these figures can’t really be achieved at the same time. In fact, you get a chance to play with four separates hybrid modes that offer amazing individual performance.
These modes include, an E-Power mode for fully electric city running, a Hybrid Auto for combined petrol and electric power, an E-Hold to conserve battery charge and an E-Charge mode for when you want the V6 to filter charge into the battery.
Between all these modes, you can easily find a way to enjoy this car on all sorts of road conditions, without worrying about getting left behind.
As with all electric vehicles, the question of charging is inevitable. Thankfully, Porsche did their homework in this section as well.
In order to charge the car, you can plug it into any wall using an inbuilt 230-V charger that can charge the battery in approximately 5.8 hours.
For the impatient lot, there is also an optional 32-A connector which cuts down the charging time to just 3.6 hours, while maintaining the same level of energy density.
The really great thing about this car though, is the fact that, apart from the obvious electric charging slot, there isn’t a lot that separates it from the traditional model.
In fact, other than the unique five spoke wheels and green brake calipers, there isn’t any other feature on the entire car that will tip other people off about what’s under the hood.
Similarly, the interior too remains almost the same, with the only change being that the information display contains a few more stats pertaining to the hybrid system.
This is Porsche’s way of remaining true to it’s heritage and design, while still making sure that they do everything to provide their customers with the best experience possible.
As we have already mentioned before, that the real launch of the vehicle is being held off until the Paris Motor Show. As a result, we have no concrete information regarding the pricing of the new model.
But we do promise to keep you updated regarding all the developments, as soon as they roll in.