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
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
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.