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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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I hate to write this...
By Hulk on 2/16/2011 1:36:21 PM , Rating: 2
but you'd have to be seriously demented to buy this car.

Let's see I want a really high performance 4 door sports sedan and I have 100k to spend on it. Well I could buy the heavier, slower, worse handling, more complicated hybrid and save maybe 500/year on gas or I could save 20k up front and get the better car? Really? Would anyone pick the hybrid.

Oh wait I'm not buying the car for any reason other than to impress my friends and neighbors so not be called environmentally unfriendly (and not sleep well at night) I'll buy the stupid hybrid version.

Porsche should be ashamed of themselves for wasting time on this nonsense. I'm all for fuel efficiency but this is not the right vehicle to hybridize.

RE: I hate to write this...
By lagomorpha on 2/16/2011 6:33:40 PM , Rating: 2
"you'd have to be seriously demented to buy this car."

The same could be said of the Cayenne and they seem to have sold enough of those. Maybe they figured they already had the dentist market locked down with 911s, and trophy wife market locked down with Boxsters, so now they're trying to sell to the seriously demented.

RE: I hate to write this...
By YashBudini on 2/16/2011 6:40:23 PM , Rating: 2
Probably the sole reason it was made in the first place.
What's next? Multiple DVD players? 17 cup holders?

"If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion." -- Scientology founder L. Ron. Hubbard
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