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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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RE: They really should...
By GulWestfale on 2/16/2011 7:33:49 PM , Rating: 2
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Sounds like a 928 revival :)

the 928 had the engine in the back? are you sure? i think he is talking about the 911...

as for porsche: they are part of VW now, so you can expect a lot more crap to happen there very soon. the german press is already reporting on an audi q5-based cute ute, and even a VW-sourced 4 cylinder spyder to be positioned below the boxster.

when you think that the next bugatti will likely be based on the same chassis as the bentley mulsanne, that the bentley continental is really just a VW phaeton in drag, and that an audi A3 is a last-gen golf with a higher-priced badge, then you know it's only a matter of time until we see a rebadged golf as the "Porsche Tabasco", or some similar BS. sigh.


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