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Porsche Panamera S Hybrid
Porsche's latest hybrid will start at $95,000

Porsche is starting to boost fuel efficiency on its larger vehicles through the use of hybrid technology. Porsche already offers a hybrid version of its Cayenne crossover SUV, and now it is extending that technology to its newest production model: the Panamera S Hybrid.

The Panamera S Hybrid makes use of a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces a healthy 333hp. In addition, a 47hp electric motor is mounted between the gasoline engine and the transmission (8-speed Tiptronic) to provide additional power. Unlike some of the newer hybrids being introduced today that feature more powerful and lighter lithium-ion batteries, the Panamera S Hybrid still uses NiMH technology.

Even with a combined 380hp on tap, Porsche says that the Panamera S Hybrid achieves 34.6 mpg on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). The large sedan can also scoot to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and features a top speed of 167 mph. The Panamera S Hybrid can reach 50 mph on battery power alone -- just don't expect to go very far, the battery-only range is a scant one mile. 

The Panamera S Hybrid will be made available later this year in the United States at an estimated base price of $95,000. For comparison, the base Panamera S lists for $74,400.



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NiMH?
By vortmax2 on 2/16/2011 10:43:22 AM , Rating: 2
Can anyone explain why they went with NiMH instead of lithium on a $95,000 vehicle?




RE: NiMH?
By messele on 2/16/2011 1:22:19 PM , Rating: 2
In a word, Profit$ - huge shareholder pressure clouds good engineering.

So they've managed to take an already pig-ugly undesirable car and actually make it less desirable and even more "half-way house".

It's not even like it was that efficient in the first place. 333bhp from a N/A 3 litre engine yes, but to require supercharging, and the supercharger itself sucks power from the engine, that has to be a joke.

Jaguar had a much better solution with their gas turbine fully electric driven vehicle. Shame it'll never get made as it's too far ahead of it's time.


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